Comedian Felix Odiwour (Jalang'o) could hardly hide his emotions as he nearly broke down while conducting an interview with Ugandan artiste Jackie Chandiru on his YouTube page on Friday, August 7.
Chandiru detailed how she was recovering from drug addiction, survived four attempted suicides and a broken marriage as she set out to get back to performing and releasing new music.
Acknowledging that he was not the most religious person, Jalang'o reached out to the troubled artiste and knelt together as they held hands in prayer.
"Dear Father, I thank you so much for my sister Jackie and I thank you for all you have done in her life. We are not holy before you, but I bless your name because of the far you have brought my sister [sic]. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen," Jalang'o interceded.Ugandan Jackie Chandiru (left) in an interview with comedian Jalang'o on Friday, August 7, 2020YouTube
Chandiru, the self-dubbed Queen of the Nile is famous for hit song Gold Digger alongside her former Blu*3 counterparts Lilian Mbabazi and Cinderella Sanyu (Cindy).
The Ugandan detailed that she got into drugs after developing a health issue from a back problem. She then started abusing a painkiller, Pethidine, to avoid surgery and to aid her to perform on stage without complications. It also assisted her to sleep as she had insomnia - lack of sleep.
She used to inject herself over 20 times in a day with scars developing on her hands. Chandiru got tired of injecting the drug into her veins and started injecting it into her skin.
This made her to contemplate suicide, but her four attempts failed. Her ex-husband supported her during the trying moment, however, the marriage failed as her drug addiction worsened.
"All I want is a second chance. I believe we are all entitled to it. The media wrote that I died, four times, and these were part of the things that made me ask God to take me away. I found out that my grave had been dug before I passed out and I prayed that those who dug it would get into it before I do.
"What motivated me was my fans who were praying for me and I vowed to get back up and to live my life again. God will never make you go through whatever you can never overcome. He made me realise that He loves us no matter who we are," she recalled and lauded her fans for standing with her.
Chandiru has opted to revive her career in Kenya by collaborating with local artistes.File image of Ugandan artiste Jackie Chandiru on stageFile
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