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Ex Big Brother housemate, Ellah, on her 3 cancer surgeries

By Michael Nampala  05 August 2021 6:37pm EAT

Ex-Miss Uganda and former Big Brother Africa housemate who represented Uganda in the year 2014 has shared some shocking info about what she has been up to in the past years.

Stella Natumbwe

Ellah talks about her 3 surgeries and how they almost left her for the dead

Stella Nantumbwe aka Ellah has penned down an emotional message of her 3 surgeries and 3 cancer scares that she been battling with in the recent past.

The actress adds that this has left her depressed and having to deal with anxiety issues. Matters are made worse by the immeasurable loss of her close relatives, friends and loved ones.


Here is her post on Instagram;

  • Where are you?
  • Where have you been?
  • Why are you so quiet?
  • Why are you so lost?
  • What are you doing now?

Above are questions I’ve heard from people the past few years. “What are you doing now?” sticks out for me though. Here’s my answer…

I’ve been so busy DYING. I’ve been dying to a version of myself that no longer served me or the purpose I was created for. It’s been one truly trying but rewarding journey.

A journey that’s seen me through 3 surgeries, 3 cancer scares, depression, anxiety, a 20KG weight gain and a series of immeasurable losses of friends, family and loved ones.

A journey that’s tested my resilience, shaken my pride, tried my intelligence, weighed my forgiveness capability and my ability to simply let go…and let GOD. An emotional roller coaster that had me questioning my entire existence, my life choices and impact on each and every one I’d ever met, but a journey that I am ever so thankful for regardless.

Please allow me to testify! God is simply amazing, because for every tear we cry he gives us double for our trouble and he does this more often than we may stop to acknowledge. Indeed “In the pain was a plan.”

Ellah showing off her birthday gift
Birthday gift...

He stripped me bare, left me with nothing and no one, especially in those moments when all you see are masks, machines and protective gear and the countdown begins, in those moments I was reminded that truly Everything is Vanity. My last words in the OR. would be to the Lord, “Please wake me up from this one… Time and time again, he did. He woke me up…

In the words of Tasha Paige “Why not me? I’m the perfect person to go through this storm.”

My faith was indeed built up, let me echo the many voices that have said it before, we serve a mighty God. Seek him, truly seek him with your broken and contrite heart. That’s his version of a true sacrifice.

There’s so much more I could say… but for now let’s have a Praise Break and Praise Jesus!

Here I am LORD, redeemed and reckoned righteous by your MERCY. Thank You Father! 

A former Big Brother Africa housemate from Zimbabwe, Vimbai Mutinihiri Ekpenyong was among those that stood with her during this trying moment.

"This is so powerful Ellah!! To God be the glory - May He continue to manifest Himself in every area of your life in Jesus name," Vimbai noted.

"Sending you lots of love hun, " Juliana wrote.

"I’m proud of your strength and resilience. This, your journey is empowering. I love you," Anita Fabiola added.

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