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My father, my dad

by Memory Tjimbundu

Ivy Katjangua (25) received earth shattering news last year that changed her life completely and turned sorrow into joy after losing a father only to gain another by a funny twist of events.

For 24 years, Ivy Katjangua was made to believe that Job Kompada was her biological father but after he passed away, she was introduced to her real biological father, Tuivane Hembapu.

Immediately after the funeral of the man she knew as her dad, a stranger visited her apartment in Windhoek for the very first time. After a short introduction, he told her that he is her biological father.

“It felt as if I was dreaming and I asked if he was joking or if he was my father’s brother.   He told me that he had wanted to tell me all along but he was afraid of ruining my parents’ relationship,” she said.

Katjangua narrated that when she received the news, she had mixed feelings and felt betrayed by her mother but she was also glad that she still had a father after losing one.

“It was not hard to believe that he is my biological father because I am an exact copy of him. I fail to understand why I had not bumped into him before or at least heard something about him. I was angry at my mother for not telling me about him.

“I did not confront her since she was still mourning but when I went on holiday, I asked her and she confirmed that the man is my father and that she had not wanted to betray her husband’s trust, as in our culture, until the husband dies, such things should not come to light,” she told me. And we did not discuss it further since it was a sensitive topic,” she explained.

After the re-union, her newlyw-found father slaughtered  a sheep for her and she was welcomed and introduced to her three step brothers and two step sisters.

“My new father is really making up for the lost time and last holiday, I even visited him in his village,” she concluded.