Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Lydia Keturah Kamugasa, Vision Group’s fashion columnist and editor is dead.
Kamugasa reportedly succumbed to a heart attack at IHK hospital Kampala after collapsing in office on Wednesday. She was a long time editor of New Vision’s magazine Bride and Groom, before taking charge of Flair for Her.
“Lydia Keturah Kamugasa, that smile u always gave me when U gave me Bride and Groom assignments will never go away from me. You believed in me and surely u wouldnt have gone so soon, Rest in Peace,” said a workmate Nelson Nicholas Kajoba soon after the news broke.
She revolutionised coverage of fashion and arts news in Uganda starting in the nineties, moving it from the inside pages to the front pages of The New Vision. She was forthright and always had an engaging smile.
“Keturah was a dynamo. Possessed of an incisive mind, a high sense of style and a magnetic personality she became a pacesetter in her field,” commented Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao.
A former colleague at New Vision Joan Mugezi said, “Lydia Keturah Kamugasa! You nurtured my writing in those early days of New Vision. How I receive a phone call for someone to confirm if you are gone and I am in shock. When you suffered a stroke you were such a mighty warrior. Whatever happened this time. May the angels receive you in heaven.”
Another former colleague Lydia Mirembe posted on facebook: “My dearest namesake Lydia Keturah a.k.a Ludiya. Fare thee well. I miss you already. May God and the heavenly host receive your sweet soul.”
Journalist Solomon Serwanji said, “We all fed off your palms of love, your smiles made us smile back. Fashion will remember you as a critic and stylist. To many entertainment and fashion writers, you opened many doors. We shall miss you. #.”