Saturday 1st April was a dark day for family, friends and fans to former NTV presenter Janet kanini. Today, a requiem mass was held at the Nairobi baptism church which was graced by some of the big names in the industry and family and friends.
Kanini has left her husband and two kids, a son and daughter. Their little girl who was wearing a bright white dress, had a hard time seeing her mum’s picture. Before the mass began, her dad was seen trying to cheer her up.. He would toss her up and down but his efforts appeared not yielding enough.
The little girl had a sad face with puffy eyes probably because she had spent the entire morning or night crying..or trying to come to terms with her mum’s death. Eventually, the little one managed to walk in church with the rest of the family members. However, a moment reached and the little girl had to be taken out of church. She was carried by one of the mourners.
We send our condolences to the family during this hard time.
She was one of the most hardworking and passionate TV girls around. Known for her N-Soko Property show that aired on NTV, Janet Kanini was a down to earth lady.
Unlike many media personalities especially women who thrive on controversy, Kanini maintained a clean image. Her charming smile could not go unnoticed even at the time of sickness.
Well, we went through Janet’s social media posts and on 26th February this year on a Sunday, she shared a message thanking God for life and encouraged cancer patients to always believe in the Almighty.
“Even when you don’t get a miracle you can be a miracle. Many patients continue to pass away from cancer. It’s heartbreaking and difficult to accept that it’s God’s best plan for our loved ones to die, especially after we’ve prayed and faster and believed in healing. I don’t have the answers. One day in Heaven we will get them.”
Janet continued, “What I do know is that, being diagnosed is an opportunity to repent and live a holy life, better than you ever have, so that should your life end at any second, you’re ready for that glorious place where all pain disappears. 2 Corinthians 4:16 ‘So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day’ Even when you don’t get a miracle you can be a miracle….. As you prepare yourself for the Kingdom it’s an opportunity to inspire others and teach about the one and only way to eternal life – Jesus Christ our Lord. John 14:6 ‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ You’d be surprised how unsure attitudes/emotions are around cancer patients/warriors. Sometimes they feed off our attitudes/emotions so we end up being their encouragement that it is well, even though things don’t look like that. I’m not saying that you should deny your true feelings as a patient/warrior, just be aware that your moments of resilience help your loved ones too.
James 1:12 ‘Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.’ Don’t forget to crack those silly jokes about things you’ve done together, look at old photos, anything to make you all smile! Proverbs 17:22 ‘A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.’ Don’t let cancer steal your joy. It doesn’t deserve to hold such power over you.
You are special and loved, no matter how your journey ends. James 1:2-8 ‘Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.’ Be still and know that God is God. Have a peaceful Sunday,” read Janet’s post.
Did Kanini predict that she was going to die in this post?
On 9th last month, during Women’s Day, Kanini also posted something appreciating women which was her last post on Facebook.
On Instagram, where she wasn’t that active, Janet Kanini posted a photo posing with celebrated local singer Wahu Kagwi after attending a dinner at their former high school; Precious Blood Riruta.
These were Janet Kanini’s last social media accounts.
Wahu, who has been affected by Kanini’s death, took to social media to eulogise her. Here is what she had to say;