It’s been two months since the passing of former Yo-TV presenter-turned-producer Akhumzi Jezile, and Zizo Tshwete is still struggling to come to terms with his death.
When you lose a loved one, there are various coping mechanisms that many adopt while grieving their loss and Zizo feels that listening to one of Akhumzi’s favourite gospel songs, In the Shadow by Ntokozo Mbambo has helped her.
The radio personality shared an emotional video on social media encouraging her followers that might relate to her situation to find something to strengthen them while mourning, just as she had found one for herself.
“I’m always compelled just to share, just in case there might be someone going through what I’m going through...today I’m really struggling with the loss of Akhumzi, I miss him every single day, and I have to literally will myself through it, one of his favourite songs, In the Shadow of your Grace by Ntokozo Mbambo has been really helping me right now, it’s making me cry a lot, it’s making me listen to the words of the song a lot, and though I don’t have it figured out, I know God is in control” she said.
Often we create these unrealistic expectations of ourselves and beat ourselves up for not living up to them. I’m known, in part, to always be laughing and smiling - and I thank God for that character He has given me - but even I have my tough days. Working in the public space doesn’t leave much room to be vulnerable because we are often so attached to what people will think of us. We are afraid of the harsh comments that will come with just being yourself. Well, we ALL know whether you work in entertainment or not, you cannot let the opinions of others govern how you live your life. This post is for every single person going through the most and trying to get through the day. I hope you can find your source of strength. I hope you can allow yourself the chance to process your feelings - how ever they may manifest and today for me it’s tears. None of us have it all figured out all the time. We remain faithful in God’s power. Today more than ever I am so blessed to know that ‘I am safe in the shadow of [His] wings’. Thank you for your ministry @ntokozombambo ❤️ZT #alwaysakhumzi
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