Sad news reaching our desk is that the proprietor of Nexus Lounge in Najjera, Wakiso District Engineer Ivan Kakooza has passed on. This happened earlier this morning as Ugandans prepared to celebrate 58th Independence Day.
The sad news was confirmed by Miss Joan Kaitetsi the manager of the popular bar. “Yes, it’s true, Ivan is gone,” She said.
It is still not yet clear what caused the demise of the businessman described by many in the entertainment industry as hard “working and friendly”. Some suspect he died of Covid-19 though a report is expected to be released from the hospital where he has been in the past few days.
Close sources with the family of the diseased say he that Ivan has been down for weeks and when the condition worsened, he was taken to Mulago Hospital where he was admitted till he passed on in the wee hours of this morning Friday, October 9, 2020.
Kakooza’s passing on comes in a difficult period for bar owners ad those in the entertainment industry whose businesses have been affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 that forced the government to ban related activities hence the closure of the bars like Nexus in Najjera.
Kakooza through his connections and hard work had built his business into a formidable force as the number of clientele steadily grew with very loyal patrons thronging it on daily basis for the fun and entertainment with thousands of revelers.
Music shows and special DJ appearances attracted thousands over the weekends with prominent artistes from the region making appearances at Nexus while some of the theme nights he introduced on special days such as Valentines and Independence Day would see him sell alcohol worth millions of shillings.
He had also diversified the business by venturing into events management with Nexus events that handled some of the international’s artiste concerts in the recent past.
We will bring you more details as they come. May his Soul Rest in Peace!