Kenyan celebrity parents who have lost their kids in recent years

It is hard losing a child. No parent is ever prepared for this and when death knocks most parents mourn for years while some never over come the loss.

Dr Burton Grebin once said 

“The death of a child is the most single most traumatic event in medicine.To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself “.

Some Kenyan celebrities have experienced this loss first hand and some don’t publicly express it, it doesn’t mean they aren’t hurting. So the next time you meet them on the street be kind because kindness does not hurt.

  1. Michael Okinyi

The TV presenter lost his son after he succumbed to complications related to Sickle cell anemia. In 2015, Okinyi announced the demise of his son to the public in the tweet below.

Before his untimely death  Twani was to turn 5 years

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MIchael OKinyi’s wife with their son

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2. Shiru wa GP

The venacular artiste famously known for hits such as ‘Agiginya’ was a mother to twins (boy and girl) before losing one of them after he developed a chest infection that saw him admitted to Nairobi Women’s Hospital, where he sadly lost the battle.

In an earlier interview with Jeff on Inooro Fm, Shiru wa GP opened up about losing her son and she said:

“It was a bad experience because I didn’t expect it. It’s one of those situations when you have tried so hard then you finally have something good and then the devil snatches it from your hands. I had tried conceiving for 9 years, heading to 10 when God blessed me with twins. I was very excited even though they did not make it to term as they were born 2 months premature. At that point, I didn’t even ask people to pray with me as I knew God had already blessed me in a big way. It (the loss of my baby and my admission) was not only challenging emotionally but also financially as the bill had accumulated up to Shs4.5 million so I had to reach out for financial aid which wasn’t easy.”

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Shiru with her husband and daughter

God has been gracious to her as she still has her daughter.

3. Dbanj

Nigeria artiste Dbanj is among other celebrities who have lost their kids. Early this year his son drowned in a swimming pool at the residence leaving the young parents heartbroken.

Dbanj termed the period of losing his son as a hard one but he remained  thankful to God for seeing him through.

‘The past few weeks have been incredibly trying and difficult, but God’s love has kept me and my family going. I can’t thank my team enough and the incredible love from you all. May God keep us all. #StrongerTogether’…🙏🙏🙏”

Dbanj with his son Daniel
Dbanj with his son Daniel

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4. Isaac Mwaura

Nominated senator Isaac Mwaura and his wife Mukami Mwaura lost two of their kids after they developed complications after being born prematurely.

Mukami had delivered triplets namely – Njiru Maigua Mwaura, Mwaura Maigua and Njeri Maigua – who were all born at 28 weeks, sadly Njeri and Mwaura passed on after 3 months at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking about her loss Mukami said

The emptiness you are left with after you lose a child … “We may look as if we carry on with our lives as before. We may even have times of joy and happiness. Everything may seem normal. But this, EMPTINESS is how we all feel, all the time” ~ John Maddox, for Bereaved Parents Month

Isaac Mwaura and Mukami

Mukami is a happy mother though after his remaining son recently celebrated his 1st birthday.

5. Juliana Kanyomozi

Juliana, who is among the top female artistes in Uganda, lost her son after he succumbed to severe asthmatic attack at theAgha Khan hospital.

Juliana celebrated his fourth memorial with an emotional post reminiscing on how perfect he was as a son.

 

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6. Julie Gichuru
The laid back Julie opened up on losing her 3rd born son after a choking incident at home.

“MY HOUSE HELP WAS FEEDING THE CHILD, HE GOT CHOKED, RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL, THE DOCTORS MANAGED TO RESUSCITATE HIM, BUT LATER COULD NOT STAND THE AMOUNT OF ADRENALINE INJECTED IN HIS BODY, THE BOY LEFT US.

I YEARNED TO SLEEP AT NIGHT BECAUSE IN MY SLEEP HE WOULD COME IN MY DREAMS, I WAS HOLDING HIM AGAIN. IT WAS A TRAUMATIZING TIME AND I ACTUALLY SAID TO MY HUSBAND WE ARE NEVER GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER CHILD AGAIN I CAN’T GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN.

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WHEN WE LOST OUR BELOVED THIRD BORN WE WERE DEVASTATED. DESTROYED. TOTALLY BROKEN. BUT WE DID NOT LET GO OF OUR LOVE FOR GOD. IN SPITE OF OUR DEVASTATION AND GRIEF WE KEPT OUR FAITH. ONE YEAR LATER THE LORD GOD BLESSED US WITH A CHILD, AND WE NAMED HIM WANGAI, BECAUSE WE KNEW HE WAS A GIFT, WE HAD LEARNT THAT ULTIMATELY ALL CHILDREN BELONG TO GOD.”

7.Size 8

Size 8 recently lost her unborn child after suffering a miscarriage,speaking about it she says

“Rumours were in many blogs that I was pregnant but I never did really confirm it because it was a battle all the way, so I just wanted to go with the fight privately. But God decided the best lane for me and I lost the pregnancy juzi. To be honest I’ve cried and asked God so many questions. I have given my husband stress. He is trying to make me be okay,” Size 8 said.

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8.Chantelle

Chantelle and J Blessing lost their son Kyle  at the Aga Khan hospital  3 years ago,After Kyle’s death J Blessing posted lines to the hymn “It is well” on his Facebook page.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee. How great Thou art, how great Thou art.”

The couple later broke up due to irreconcilable differences.

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‘I will miss you terribly’ Juliana Kanyamozi mourns her designer Salvator

Juliana Kanyamozi is in mourning following the death of her designer Chuck Salvator, in the ill fated capsized boat in Lake Victoria on Saturday 24th, November 2018.

Chuck was among the most celebrated designers in Uganda and his death has hit many hard.

Taking to her instagram, Juliana mourned her friend with the message below.

“my bestie, I’ve been trying not to believe the news. I’ve been hoping you’ll txt me at some point and tell me yo alright. But I can’t run away from the truth no more. Last time we spoke not too long ago you wanted to buy me a drink, I had to perform at a wedding and I said I can’t make it, but I told you to “have one on me”… I wish I’d come and atleast hang out one last time. Thank you for making me look and feel fabulous with every outfit you hand picked for me, but most of all thank you for being my friend. I’m gonna miss you terribly Chucky. As you chill out in heaven, please have one on me. Till we meet again. I love you. RIP”

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Celebrities open up on how they coped with the death of their kids and spouses

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It is a wound that never heals and a void that can never be filled no matter how much time passes.

Losing a child or a parent is even worse given that children and parents create a connection immediately after conception thus severing those ties is almost impossible.

Norman Cousin once said ” Death is not the greatest losing life, the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

I miss Regina everyday she was my anchor mourns producer – Tedd Josiah

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On April 2014, the gospel fraternity lost a talented artiste Peter Kabere after he was electrocuted while washing his car.

At the time of his death, Kaberere’s wife Njeri was expectant with their second child and the shock of of his death is something she will never be able to put in words.

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The late Peter Kaberere with his wife Njeri

Unlike many people who let depression get the best of them, Njeri has come up with creative ways to fight her grief.

Speaking to The Nairobian she said

 “I have found ways of coping with grief that are positive.  I let my body go through such emotions as crying and feeling sad. I talk about what I feel and express myself. I try not to numb my pain but release it eventually.

Njeri Kaberere with her kids

I have found that reading does help one to cope with grief. I read books that help me. I love reading books about heaven and I find courage in the knowledge that my husband is with God. I also rest well and do the things I love.”

Given that her kids are also in mourning, she includes them in the healing process.

“I do a lot of writing and journaling, which helps, besides celebrating what her husband was when alive. She talks it out with her kids as they jam to his songs,once in a while, we visit the grave and pray together,”

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TV presenter Isabella Kiturui lost her spouse after battling colon cancer when she was only 25-years-old with a three-month-old baby boy.

She says

“I mourned for eight years between 2005 and 2013. It was a shock, like a never-ending nightmare. I had been married for just one year,” 

The TV girl revealed how her pastor, counseled her asking her to move on and she did so though it took a while.

From that day, Isabella Kituri decided to try and forget what had happened and she said:

“I decided to remove my wedding band seven years later after a talk with my pastor who encouraged me to move on.”

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Isabella with her son

Adding that:

“I had a meeting with myself. I had to stop behaving as if the world owed me for the loss and pain I suffered. I began to train myself to see the world as a stage of opportunities. I stopped feeling that people around me should give me their shoulder.”

Instead, I started sharing my experience, empowering others in similar situations. I became more useful to the universe,” she says. “I called myself ‘Blessed Bella’ as a mantra to remind me I can be happy again.”

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“Be gentle with yourself, be happy with your space and seek peace from within yourself, never from others.”

George Ikua lost his wife Jane Kanini in April 2017, after she lost her battle with lung cancer leaving behind two kids.

Speaking  to the Nairobian about her death, George said

“Everything became surreal, it’s like she is still there, but she is gone.”

Ikua admits small blessing have helped him. He is tighter with the kids: “I guess we are a happy family,” but being a single dad and father to a daughter has created major adjustments, starting most mornings with them, dropping them off and running my biashara until 3pm when I pick them be-fore starting my life at 8pm when they sleep.”

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George with his late wife Janet Kanini

George received a lot of help from his family in taking of the kids even as he made adjustments in both his social and financial life

 “My sister-in-law, sister and their godmother have been nothing short of angels for my little girl. But I realize I am the primary source of love and can’t delegate that. So, I can say I am a proud mummy and do most of the things with her, you should see me in the salon!”

Ikua admits that grieving never stops as “when you lose a loved one, it never goes away. The pain just dulls with some very dark days reappearing”

As a way of mourning and keeping Janet’s memories alive, George kept some of her stuff, his plan was to also share some of it with Janet’s siblings

He said
“I am still getting round to it, but I have picked a few pieces to pass to Jasmine because of their sentimental value and for the memories. The rest I will donate to her sisters and charity. Funny how when someone dies you realize it’s just stuff.” Ikua lost his wedding band before Janet died “and we never got round to replacing it.”

Music Producer Tedd Josiah had all his life planned out with his beautiful wife Regina Katar but fate had other plans for the couple.

Regina lost her life after suffering from a rare disease Thrombocytopenia that saw her blood platelet count fall below normal after childbirth.

Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay
Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay

According to Tedd Josiah Regina’s platelets were so diluted, leading to a significantly reduced count. Sadly, all through she had an internal bleeding, which had not been detected, nor stopped, because of her low platelet count.

Speaking on her death he said

“Imagine calling someone your everything – home, safe place, your all – and watching them slowly fade away on their deathbed in less than an hour. I was left on a free fall and lost. In many ways, Regina was my anchor.

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Tedd Josiah with his beautiful daughter Jay

I have to make a lot of adjustments; I am more hands-on with my baby. I have to wash her, clean, cook, feed and be always there for her,” explains Josiah. “I am lucky my office is in my home so I can spend all the time I need with her,”

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Though it is hard for him to raise his daughter alone, he is thankful that the in-laws have been supportive.

He hasn’t forgotten his wife as he is still grieving and misses the good times he shared with Regina. The scar of that loss is quite obvious, proof that there is such a thing as true love.

“Losing someone you love isn’t easy, especially if it was real love. They say that love never dies, so imagine the confusion in my mind on some days. The loss in my mind. The heaviness in my heart just thinking about the fun times and wishing she’d pop out from behind the door and scream ‘boo!’ and scare me. That’s what we used to do to each other… and listening to a beautiful song and wishing I could share that with her. But she’s not here.”

Tedd Josiah with his late wife Reginah Katar
Tedd Josiah with his late wife Reginah Katar

Ted says that to keep his wife’s memories alive he chose to keep all her stuff so that he can pass them over to their daughter Jay.

“I kept it all. Some precious stuff will stay with me until my daughter is old enough to inherit it all…to let my little Jay know that her mom was loved, her memory was kept safe, but so were her valuable things.”

Uganda’s female artiste Julianna Kanyomozi, lost her son Keron who had been admitted at Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi after a severe Asthmatic attack.

During an interview with The Nairobian, Juliana opened up on how she was dealing with her sons death  confessing that she had at one point been angry with God, but she was taking baby steps to heal.

“I’ve been through a lot. I’ve always been extremely strong. But this was beyond it. There are things that happen to you and you cannot find the perfect vocabulary to explain them. It’s that pain that leaves you helpless and no one else but God can help!” Juliana opened up a while back.”

Juliana with her son Keron

She goes on to add

“I was very angry with God. He had just taken away the most important thing I had in life. Then again, there’s always a reason for everything single thing. He does,” she said adding that she was not really in touch with the world at that moment.”

Juliana went on to open up on how she deals with her grief given that their is no standard way of mourning when a calamity such as death strikes.

She says

“I have my bad days where I sit with a box of tissue and let the tears flow. I don’t know how long it will take me to move on. It is something that will always be a part of me. I’m only being a strong woman.

“It is all part of the healing process. I’m taking baby steps. I’m not yet there emotionally. When you’ve gone through something like this, you have to find the strength first.”

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‘You were so perfect’ Juliana Kanyamozi pens as he mourns her late son Keron

Four years after losing her only son Keron due to a severe asthmatic attack at Aga Khan hospital Nairobi Juliana Kanyamozi is still in mourning.

Its said that death leaves a heartache no one can heal and memories no one can still thus ts understandable why four years on Juliana is still in mourning.

She took to her Instagram to commemorate her son on a sad but beautiful post reminiscing on all the beautiful things the two did together.

“Today my angel has made four years in heaven. And it never gets any easier. I remember your silly jokes, your sense of humor, your charm, your ability to make friends of all ages and somehow engage all of them with such ease. You were just so perfect. I miss your hugs and the foot massages 😢. You always told me I’m “THE BEST MUM EVER”, I don’t know what I did to deserve this compliment , I jus know I did the thing that I loved the most in the world, be your mother.

God surely blessed me when he gave me you. On this day I can’t help but think about other parents who’ve just lost a child. Death may be apart of us yes, but the heartache of the loss of a child is immeasurable . May God continue to strengthen us all. RIP Keron Raphael Kabugo Atwooki 💔💔💔💔.”

Her fans took the chance to mourn with her and here are some of their messages

main_kyana❤your Angel watches over you.He surely missesyou,but you know what,your happiness surely makes him more happy #stay strong love🙏
kalleyveronaContinue resting with the Angels Keron n my the holy spirit shine upon yo soul forever
aa_kollectionRest in peace Keron. May God be your comforter @julianakanyomozi
barbiebeliberMy name mate keron atwooki rest in peace you little brother
2nitedontee🙏🏻🙏🏻
dennydorctrinaSo sad, rip
phyllmakokhaRest-in-Peace Keron. Juliana it is well Mummy
icerachealRest in peace my love 💞
shakiranabukenya💔💔keep RIP keron
liam_ivyKeep resting in peace Keron
love.joe.5203So sorry dia,we are always with you.
nasikesummayaIt’s really painful. May the almighty continue strengthening u Jk as uve always been strong from the day u lost yo angel
kk_francesMay his soul continue resting in peace and may God bless you
nyambura_emilyMay God strengthen you to bear this .
jamilatwalibIn my prayers sweetheart

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Classy hair styles you should copy from Uganda’s Juliana Kanyomozi

Sultry Uganda lass Juliana Kanyomozi serves all sorts of hair inspo.

A quick glance at her social media, is all the inspiration you need in 2018, to upgrade your look.

Here is an unknown fact about the beauty. According to Last FM, Juliana is a princess in Uganda for the fact that she is a first cousin to King Oyo of the Toro Kingdom in Uganda, a fact that many people in Uganda do not know.

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Many people do not know that Kanyomozi’s father and King Oyo’s father are biological brothers and that she is actually a princess of the Toro Kingdom as well.

From long to super-short, here are photos of Juliana rocking different hair styles that we should emulate.

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Sexy Ugandan Musician Juliana Kanyomozi Blasts Insincere People

Ugandan songstress Juliana Kanyomozi is not new when it comes to the entertainment industry, she is an award-winning pop star who has worked with the who’s who in Africa including Kidum, and Bushoke from Tanzania.

Early this year she dropped a  single dubbed ‘I’m Still Here’ a song about general life experiences and how to conquer different situations in life. Before that she had been on a music hiatus for a couple of years with the death of her ten-year-old son affecting her so much she needed to take a break.

 

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Besides her new song, the stunning beauty keeps her life private, and not much is known about her. However she seems to have something she needs to let off her chest and has taken to her social media to air her grievances.

We just have to ask; who made her mad?

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After all she has been through it is evident that she doesn’t want insincere people in her life, the multi-talented singer took it to her social media to say what was on her mind. She wrote;

People say so much, make so many promises… don’t let that excite you . Lay back and watch their actions. That’s where the truth lies. All you need is time.

Anisha Mbabazi I admire everything abt u..dts y ilive yo lyf.love u my diva

Alex Taylor Mart That’s right #Juliana Time will always let you know what you didn’t know #clever mind my Hero

Mbabazi Ahabwe Winnie Ur right my crush of all times…. U jzt kill it every time my swt diva

Katongole Beibe Thx for da advice

Katongole Beibe Thx for da advice