Kenyan celebs say goodbye: Tributes pour in for Njamby Koikai

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024 17:09 | By
Njamby Koikai. PHOTO/Instagram (@jahmbykoikai)

Jahmby Koikai, affectionately known as Fyah Mummah, breathed her last on Monday, June 3, 2024, at Nairobi Hospital after a valiant 25-year struggle with endometriosis.

Her journey was not just a personal battle but a beacon of resilience and advocacy for those grappling with the debilitating condition.

From her roots as a captivating reggae MC to her vibrant presence on airwaves, Koikai's impact transcended entertainment.

Her relentless fight against endometriosis, a condition she had confronted since the tender age of 13, became a defining chapter of her life.

Endometriosis, characterized by the presence of uterine lining tissue in other organs, inflicted Koikai with excruciating pain and, at times, cast shadows over her hopes of motherhood. Yet, her spirit remained unyielding.

In 2018, she journeyed to Atlanta for treatment, enduring approximately 15 surgeries over two gruelling years.

Njamby Koikai receiving treatment at a hospital in Atlanta, US in 2018. PHOTO/Instagram (@jahmbykoikai)

However, her battle wasn't solely against the condition itself but also against the prevalence of misdiagnosis, a plight she candidly highlighted to raise awareness and advocate for better healthcare.

Returning to Kenya in 2020, Koikai's resolve was undeterred. In 2021, she ventured into politics, running for the Dagoretti MP seat, with healthcare reform as her rallying cry. Her dedication to her community and her unwavering faith in a brighter future propelled her advocacy forward.

Her plea for enhanced healthcare resonated even to her final days, as evidenced by her call to President Ruto during his U.S. visit and her subsequent appeal for blood donations before her passing.

Floodgate of tributes

The news of Njamby Koikai's demise has sparked an outpouring of tributes from Kenyan celebrities, reflecting the profound impact she had on many lives.

From heartfelt messages of admiration to expressions of sorrow and disbelief, Koikai's legacy as a warrior, advocate, and beloved figure endures.

Karen Nyamu expressed her condolences on social media, saying, "Mrembo amepambana sana. Finally Mungu amempumzisha. Sine on your way," reflecting on Koikai's journey and her eventual peace.

Corazon Kwamboka, who shares the struggle with endometriosis, mourned Koikai's passing, writing, "This one hit me. I never even met her but as an endometriosis warrior myself I've always sympathized and prayed for her. She was so strong! Why God!!!"

Maureen Kunga, a former member of the defunct Elani singing trio, paid tribute, saying, "What a wonderful supportive and beautiful human being. Rest in peace @njambykoikai," acknowledging Koikai's impact beyond her fight against the condition.

Lillian Muli, a veteran Citizen TV journalist, expressed her grief, writing, "Go well Empress. This is heartbreaking," capturing the sentiment shared by many who admired Koikai's resilience and spirit.

Edith Kimani, recalling her encounter with Koikai during her political campaign, remarked, "I can't believe it. Faya mama. Interviewed her on her campaign trail last election. She always wanted to do more. Rest well Njambi," reflecting on Koikai's aspirations for change and her enduring legacy.

Koikai's passing has not only left a void in Kenya's entertainment landscape but has also sparked reflection on the challenges faced by those battling endometriosis.

Her legacy as a fighter and advocate for better healthcare will endure, inspiring future generations to continue the fight she so passionately led.

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