On 22nd September 2007, one of the most prolific Congolese Musicians Angela Chibalonza passed away in a gruesome road crash in Limuru, on the Naivasha-Nairobi highway.
Her dancer at that time John Isaji who was the lone survivor of the crash recently recalled his last moments with the singer to KUTV. His narration about the things that happened revealed that Angela could have had a premonition about her death.
ANGELA CHIBALONZA SECOND THOUGHT
According to Isaji, Angela Chibalonza had second thoughts about travelling to Egerton University to perform on the fateful night from Nairobi to perform. But since the students were expecting her and the hall was already full she did not want to let them down.
Since they had waited for her for a long time, the students started to riot. When Angela heard that, she said, she will have to travel to avoid being in the press as someone who lied to students.
A very interesting thing happened before they left, Angela could not find her house keys, they have to break her out of the house. They managed and they drove to Njoro for the concert.
Angela gave her best performance and left the stage at 4am. On Saturday, she had a flight at 7am and Isaji was insisting they leave but Angela still insisted that has to pray for the students to get saved.
“Angela said, Hauwezi jua kama hii ni siku yako ya mwisho ya mwisho. 20 students got saved that night.” isaji revealed
When they got to Nakuru, Angela woke up and told Isaji to handover to another driver, because he had driven from Nairobi to pick her for the show and now he was driving back to Nairobi in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
“Angela insisted, ‘No, Papa John, peana gari usaidiwe umechoka sana.’ I said i’m okay. But she woke up again and insisted. My spirit said, she has never insisted. It was like she had forseen something.”
John was the only survivor in that car crush. Their car hit the trailer from the back at a speed of 160 KM/h. The lorry was parked. he couldn’t swerve The roof of the Nissan B15, was cut off.
Isaji said after the impact he woke up to screams.
“It means they are gone, Angela was on my knees, she had been thrust with the force of the impact. There I was calling her ‘Mum mum’ There was blood everywhere. I was scared.”
People meet him and ask him why he handed over the car. In his defense, Isaji says,
“I don’t regret giving the car to the other driver. Many people i meet they ask why. I tried not to hand over the car, but i did so because i heard the urgency in her voice.”