We admire and idolise celebrities for all the many achievements and feats that they have accomplished. But they like us go through a lot of struggles that they have to deal with.
One area I have seen many celebs in Kenya struggle with is the loss of a loved one. Earlier this month, TV heavyweight Yvonne Okwara spoke about the pain she still feels after the death of her brother Albert that occurred two years ago.
Taking to Instagram, she asked? “Tough weekend. When does grieving end? Does it ever end? 2 years on and I still feel the pain. Albert, you saw no evil, spoke no evil, heard no evil. I love you, always..”
But she isn’t the only celeb who is still grieving a loved one who passed away some time back. Some others are below:
In 2014, Njeri lost her husband musician, Peter Kaberere in a tragic accident after he was electrocuted while washing his car. Njeri who was expectant with their second child at the time said that the shock of his death is something that she will never be able to deal with.
She once told the Nairobian, “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. I have found that reading does help one to cope with grief.
The Ugandan singer also experienced loss when her son Keron died after suffering a serious Asthma attack while admitted at Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi.
In a past interview with the Nairobian Julianna explained that her son’s death had made her angry at God at one time.
“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.
She went on to explain how she deals with her grief saying that there was no standard way of mourning when a calamity such as death strikes.
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.
TV presenter Isabella Kituri was widowed at the young age 25-years-ol.d. At the time she had a three-month-old baby boy. She spoke about the time in a past interview saying;
“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.”
It was the timely intervention of her pastor who advised her to move on with the journalist deciding to try and forget what had happened;
“I decided to remove my wedding band seven years later after a talk with my pastor who encouraged me to move on. I had a meeting with myself. I had to stop behaving as if the world owed me for.”
The enigmatic Kisima Awards founder lost his wife Regina Katar. Tedd’s wife lost her life after suffering from a rare disease Thrombocytopenia that saw her blood platelet count fall below normal after childbirth.
Since her death, Tedd has regularly remembered his wife on his social media page with nary 2 months passing without a mention of her. He normally does so while also mentioning their daughter Queen whom Regina bore before her untimely death.
In a past interview the man narrated; “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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I have never been a King, I could never have attained that level of Kingship because i felt from the start that she wasn’t even of this world Reginah 👑 was unique and special but she fell in love with 😍 me her Knight and we had a little angel 👼🏼. When our Queen mother left i was expressly told by her to make sure princess 👸🏽 grows up to become more than a queen, to become An empress. Hence Empress Jameela
Tedd 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.”