We will never let the world forget you, our brother
In November 2015 we lost our brother, Alex, but we vowed never to let him be forgotten so we decided to give him his own special home here so that everyone who comes here can see his smiling face and find out about how special he is to all of us.
There’s a lot that people don’t know about him. He packed a lot of living into 14 years, more than some of us do in a whole life!
Alex was born in Kampala in 2001 to two working parents. He lived with his parents and 2 younger brothers Isaac and Allan in a slum. At 7, he had to stop going to school and start hustling. This would often be volunteering for odd jobs for tips. He had to be astute and fast, the first to volunteer, the fastest and the best so you’re the first to be picked next time around. Competition for a few coins is fierce!
Little Alex liked to be called ‘The Outlaw’, he saw himself as a rebel. Even though his situation wasn’t good, there was no way he was taking it lying down. When odd jobs were scarce, Alex would find himself begging. If all else failed, he would resort to picking through the rubbish. He wasn’t fussy and he was damned if he was going home empty-handed. He tells the story himself:
Another thing he tried his hand at was street performing and competitions to enter dance events. Among all the children trying to be noticed for their talent, Kavuma spotted him, leading to a conversation, an agreement and a futre that nobody could have imagined possible.
Alex was a keen learner and the training lead to him performing in some public events and music videos like Eddy Kenzo’s Mundeke (near the beginning) and Zivuga (at 2:40 minutes). He also began going to school and money from the shows helped pay for his school fees, his keep and also for the wellbeing of his family. Watch him here:
Alex was the pioneer Triplets Ghetto Kid and his style and attitude went into creating the dance group. He was the first person to help Bashir Ada Lubega leave behind his life on the streets and begin his climb to international stardom.
Alex was 12 when the first version of Sitya Loss went viral. The success of the video and his appearances in Eddy Kenzo’s previous videos made him one of Uganda’s newest, youngest and favourite rising stars. He was often called Alex Sitya Loss by fans and the media, many of whom saw him as the ring leader, but Alex saw himself more as a big brother.
The growing dance group of Triplets Ghetto Kids performed in festivals, events, tours and on TV while their videos continued to clock up hundreds of millions of views online.
Alex starred in a short documentary with the BBC and another with Canal Plus from France. He showed the camera crews around the streets of Kampala and showed them his home and explained to the French crew that he wanted to be the president of Uganda ?
He was seriously wounded in a bicycle accident along with Patricia when the brakes failed. He passed away a few hours later in hospital. He rests in peace among his ancestors but he left behind thousands of broken hearts and 16 videos eternalising a now legendary Alex Ssempijja. People love him because he was confident, fast, funny and had a natural sense for the beat. Alex’s broad, beaming smile is never defeated by any amount of hardship or misery.
Please leave your thoughts about Alex in the comments. Tell us: What do you like about him, which is your favourite of his videos? If Alex inspires love in you, then find something you can do to make him proud of you and do it. Then you’re massively in the spirit of TGK Family and we want to hear about it. Add it to the comments or to your social media #TGKalexaliveinme
Alex used to help us buy clothes, I was always so proud of him and happy he was doing so well.
He bought us clothes and shoes. At night when he had money, he could take my little brother Allan and me to get chips.
He loved so much. He liked me more as I was his little brother.
My son, you will always be my star.
RIP Alex, my brother.
Alex was always inspiring, he had no end of energy.
Alex kept his temper cool at all times.
You’re my sunshine, you’re my shining star.
Alex, you will always live in our memories, rest in peace.
I identified a lot with Alex, he was very confident and kept saying we were going to be stars.