Read Janet Kanini Ikua’s Husbands Moving Tribute Here. Haki Kifo Hakina Huruma

BY GEORGE IKUA

My Love Janet,

Never knew I could feel like this

Like I’ve never seen the sky before

Everyday I’m loving you more and more

Listen to my heart, can you hear it sings

Telling me to give you everything

Seasons may change, winter to spring

Come what may I will love you until my dying day

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place

Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace

Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste

Sing out this song my dancing angel I’ll be there by your side

Storm clouds may gather

And stars may collide

But I love you until the end of time

Come what may.

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Darling Janet, where do I begin. I can’t believe I am writing your tribute with tears in my eyes, a hole in my heart, ache in my ribs but a huge smile on my lips, memories in my mind, music in my ears and dance in my step.

So much pain yet so much joy.

For ours was a life of love and laughter, emotion and drama, theatre and spectacle, pomp and grace, genius and creativity, bravery and pain, trust and believe, faith and honor, family and friends, Jaz and Pedro, Ying and Yang….we took them all and rode with them to the sunset together.

Our paths crossed 14 years ago and have never untangled since.

I had not thought it possible that such eyes exist until I bumped into you while wandering at Phoenix having mistaken a closet for the bathroom.

I know your mother is reading this but bless her for creating such a beautiful woman with legs of a goddess.

Your spontaneous laugh, witty chat, I had no chance and God had finally sent me my anchor to change this little realm of ours- together.

Our first date, picking you from Kirichwa Road bus stop seems like yesterday.

How can anyone look so beautiful wrapped in a bomber jacket 5 times your size? We walked up that road in the sunset, nervous, knowing something had just been born.

And there you opened your special star to shine on me and everyone we came across.

The star with the power to see only, and I mean only the absolute greatness in everyone. And that my love is the greatest gift you have ever given me and this world.

Hope in every man.

I remember we used to say ‘if you stare in goodness, then you create goodness in the stared upon.’

All my faults meant nothing and just like everything else in life you saw only the good in me, us, life.

So in a way darling, I am your creation for you brought out the goodness, kindness, honesty, caring and love in me for it’s what you chose to see.

And this promise I make to you, while it is tempting to see the faults in others, I will strive to bring out the greatness and kindness in others by seeing it.

I challenge the rest of us reading this to the “Janet Challenge”- bring the goodness out of your neighbor.

And so we started our long dating journey, the most exciting times a young man could ever be blest with.

From trips across the country to climbing through the window when the landlord locked the house… we never had a dull moment but we had it all together.

Our famous parties and playful banter, dedicated love, heated arguments, loyalty, friendship, we were in our own bubble and have stayed in that bubble till last Saturday when you decided to be an Angel.

I remember I proposed to you when you were yelling at me and I was laughing inside saying if she can nag like this she must be a good wife.

Typical to us we did our wedding our way- and out of that chaos was the most beautiful bride I will ever see.

I think we laughed with family and friends for a whole ten hours coz that’s all I remember.

And I promised you, when we go out, it’s going to be just the same, a service full of joy and laughter.

So, my friends, if you are not smiling please tickle yourself.

Am sorry hon, to see you loose your father was the most heartbreaking thing to watch.

I have never seen so much pain in someone’s eyes and am consoled you are now next to Tat.

Your love, respect and desire to honor him is a dedication I don’t think many will ever understand.

I learnt what it means to honor someone’s memory and I promise you Peter-Daniels, Jasmine-Six and everyone else I can drag will honor your legacy my love, every single day.

So all this time you were the media diva and the stunning cover girl, who would have thought you would transform into the most adoring mother.

I remember cutting Peter’s umbilical cord with you yelling expletives in my ear, me getting startled that the baby was gray (I thought we were Africans!) and you breaking into tears of joy- a mini you had joined our family.

And boy do you know how to mother and smother a child.

That boy got the biggest transfusion of love possible and he is so aptly named after your Tat.

He has your soul of a god, smile of an angel and talent of an artiste.

Other than having your replica stunning looks I see you living graciously through him.

Then came the absolutely stunning, ball of energy and laughter they call Jaz and where your love was for your for your two boys, now you multiplied with the same zeal to your little girl.

I think we are going to call her Baby J till she is 40.

On behalf of our children, I want to thank you for being the most amazing, loving, selfless mother we could have dreamed of.

You brought the spirit of Christmas into our home. I make this solemn promise, I got them and I will raise them to be the man and woman you dreamt them to be-worthy of your legacy.

As for your career wow, just wow. Everything you did was with perfection and a midas touch.

You achieved in 39 years what three generations take to achieve. I’m proud of you girl. In every field you worked, you received an award, and finally the country recognised you were one of the Top 40 under 40 women.

For me, you were always the Top 1 over 1 lady. You gave it all and taught me so much, and all the dreams we started and shared darling I will finish them. That is my promise to your legacy.

This last chapter: two years of your illness, has been one crazy ride that life threw at us. But like always said girl, keep smiling, storms grow the crops.

We did it all and with laughter in our eyes, angst in our minds but joy in our hearts.

Thank you for allowing me to fight alongside you, change forever the way our country understands cancer, bring out conversations that may save another, and most of all inspire those facing the disease to have hope.

Your faith grew and God listened. You are now his instrument to inspire his people. You didn’t lose girl, coz you are still here, and if you don’t believe me look at the crowd outside

still listening to your words and hope.

Me and you know how we threw the kitchen sink at this one and all through this you were still a lover, a wife, a mother, a friend, a neighbor, an ambassador…

On behalf of my fellow countrymen, thank you. We will honor you by continuing to give hope to those facing challenges. That concert will happen I declare to you.

As I pen off my love, my goodbye is just a hello as you will always be with me. My tears finally brim to my eyes. I will cry and I will sob and I will grieve.

Then I will rise, raise our kids, keep our home in laughter and keep your legacy going. Thank you for allowing me to love you and showing me true love.

Thank you for our two wonderful kids. We will celebrate you through our actions and how we treat each other.

Finally, you have achieved you’re God given purpose to inspire a nation. And you can tell everybody that this was your life. It may have been quite simple, but now that it’s done, how wonderful life is, that you were in the world.

Daddy would have been proud, the angels are dancing and the Almighty is pleased, you did it your way.

Frank Sinatra must have been thinking of you when he sang:

And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain

My friend, I’ll say it clear

I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain

I’ve lived a life that’s full

I traveled each and every highway

And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Goodbye love. Go dance with the angels.

“We Cried Together & Slept Together After My father’s Funeral” – Janet Kanini’s Sisters Eulogizes Her

 

How would you describe Janet? How can you talk about an amazing shining meteoric personality. Janet was always very much her own person, with her own unique way of seeing and doing things. She was born 4 years behind us and was very much the darling of our parents. In her early years, she used to love playing so much and would be chasing us to play hide and seek and catch, when we were trying to get our homework done.

She loved dolls and had one favorite one called Betty. She also loved cats, much to our parents chagrin, as they thought that these pets were the cause of her frequent sore throats and skin infections. This was way before Horatio, the long haired dog sitting at home! Janet was the darling of everyone who met her, particularly her grandmother, Grannie,met her, particularly her grandmother, Grannie, Mary Kanini Kitwa, whom she was named after.
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Whereas we two elder siblings were more into the sciences, it was in the arts where Kanini or Kan, as we called her, really excelled. She loved to dance to music from Top of the Pops and wanted to have piano and guitar classes. She was a dreamer from early on, with questions about why things were the way they were and why they couldn’t be changed. She looked up to us and to her older cousins and close friends for guidance and was always asking us questions. She had a fearless spirit, shown
by the fact that she was the quickest to learn how to ride a bike and how to swim! Janet absolutely loved her time in campus.
She found her studies easy, and immensely enjoyed the freedom offered there. She had lots of creative outlets for her energy, some in theatre and arts and several social ones too! Janet found a new social engagement there. Our parents missed her and would complain that she wasn’t coming home as frequently as they wanted. However, Janet would endeavor to be home at least twice a month, even if only to do laundry and stock up on chapati. Janet was deeply involved in planning Juliana’s wedding. She was a part of the lineup and brought amazing charm to the group. She was a doting aunt to Kirigo and Ndunge. George and Janet lovingly took care of their nieces when Juliana was studying in South Africa. When Naima made a family with Cecilia, Janet and George stood as alternate parents.
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Janet took each stage of her life with amazing enthusiasm. Even when she thought that storm clouds were gathering she would find something bright to talk about. When our father fell ill, she was always in the house trying to make him laugh. She would entertain him with stories of her day’s activities and leave him with a smile on his face. In April 2015 we planned to have Easter together as a family. Janet woke up with some pain in her leg. She was however determined that the holiday should proceed as planned.
All the children were helped to bond using a ball game and some kites that we bought at Nyayo Stadium roundabout. She made sure everybody had a great time, even though she was in pain. She went to hospital after coming back, and the rest is as you know Janet was a sister we had a great relationship with.
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We laughed and loved and quarreled and made up with gusto. We danced together to my mother’s old records, and laughed at my dad’s version of twist dance. We cried together and slept together after my father’s funeral. We shared secrets and we knew that they were absolutely safe since only us 3 musketeers know about them. She has now gone before us to sing and dance in heaven with dad. To you loving sister, we say we miss you and love you. We remember your faith and dedicate these words to you: “I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me hath been made known Nor why unworthy as I am He claimed me for his own But I know whom I have believed And am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed Unto Him against that day.

President Kenyatta Mourns ‘brave, loving’ Janet Kanini

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday eulogised former NTV presenter Janet Kanini as loving and respectful.

Former NTV presenter Janet Kanini died on Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. The 39-year-old is survived by her husband and two children.

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“Janet was a much loved and much respected media personality whose commitment to accuracy, objectivity, and non-partisan reporting made her work truly outstanding,” Uhuru said.

In a briefing at Eldoret State Lodge, spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Kanini’s legacy should be emulated by her former colleagues at NTV and the media fraternity.

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“Janet fought bravely against cancer, ultimately losing that fight. But her bravery, and her public awareness campaign may yet have led to hundreds seeking diagnosis earlier, and therefore saving their lives,” he said.

“May the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace.”

Goodbye My Love!’ George Ikua Pens Down A Teary Message To His Late Wife Janet Kanini

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Goodbye My Love!’ George Ikua Pens Down A Teary Message To His Late Wife Janet Kanini

 

Losing a loved is very painful and coping with the loss of someone you love is one of life’s biggest challenges.

Well, the nation is mourning the death of a brave cancer survivor and former TV star Janet Kanini Ikua. The mother of two passed on yesterday and we will dearly miss her.

 

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George Ikua, the late Janet Kanini’s husband has finally broken the silence after his wife’s death what many have been eagerly waiting for.

George, the loving and supportive husband he was, has jotted down a long message on his Facebook Page eulogising Janet Kanini.

Here is Ikua’s message to the late Kanini, read through.

“Goodbye Love,

‘Good People’
(performed by Jussie Smollett & Yazz)

Sometimes it’s hard to pray
Sometimes it’s hard to stay grateful
It’s painful, hurts so bad
Sometimes it’s hard to breathe
It’s hard to keep goin’
We keep holdin’ on to what could have been

But we’ll get by
We’ll see the light
In the morning
It’s gonna be alright
The circumstance
Is in the plan
Even if we don’t fully understand
Why the bad things happen to the good people

Sometimes it’s hard to pray
I know sometimes it’s hard to be patient
Ooh I hate it
Yeah it hurts so bad
Sometimes it’s hard to believe
So hard to keep goin’
We keep holdin’ on to what could have been

We’ll get by
We’ll see the light
In the morning
It’s gonna be alright
The circumstance
It’s in the plan
Even if we don’t fully understand
Why the bad things happen to the good people

So much pain
It’s still a lesson
Sometimes it rains
It’s still a blessing
You never see the silver lining
In the cloud
And so you doubt it
You never know how much you truly have
Until you go without it
One day its gonna turn into another season
You’re gonna see that
All your tragedy
You had was for another reason
It’s just a temporary goodbye
So ya gotta keep ya head high
The rain is coming down and its pouring
But joy is gonna come inside the morning

But we’ll get by

(By)
We’ll see the light
(Yeah)
In the morning its gonna be alright
(It’s gon be ok baby)
The circumstance
(The lord got ya)
Is in the plan
(And I gotcha)
Even if we don’t fully understand why
Understand why,
Understand why,
The bad things
Happen to the good people.”

This is a song by Jussie Smollett (Empire) & Yazz. 

Photos Of The Young Family Janet Kanini Has Left Behind

The nation is still in shock. Many can’t still believe that Janet Kanini Ikua is gone. The former Nation TV presenter breathed her last today.

Although details regarding her death are not yet known, we pray that the good Lord may comfort her family.

Janet Kanini was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2015 which came as a surprise to her.

“4 WEEKS AGO I CAME TO INDIA SEEKING A MEDICAL ANSWER – WELL I FOUND IT, AND IT WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. AT ALL.

SO HERE’S WHAT THE LATEST MEDICAL REPORTS SAY.
LUNG CANCER. STAGE 4, MEANING IT HAS SPREAD FROM THE PRIMARY LUNG SITE INTO LYMPH NODES.
CLEARLY MY BODY IS STAYING TRUE TO MY LOVE FOR DRAMA AND THEATRICS BECAUSE A BLOOD CLOT HAS ALSO DECIDED TO HANG OUT IN THE HEART MUSCLE. DOCTORS HAVE CALLED IT ‘ORGANIZED’ – YAANI IT’S FIXED IN THE MUSCLE WITH LITTLE CHANCE OF MOVING SO I’M SAFE FROM THAT. WE CAN FOCUS ON TREATING THE CANCER.

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IT HAS TAKEN ME WEEKS TO DECIDE TO PUBLICLY ADMIT THAT THIS IS THE DIAGNOSIS. ONE REASON IS THAT IT IS NOT ADVISED TO GIVE VOICE TO SICKNESS. WHAT YOU DECLARE IS WHAT IS. HOWEVER I REALIZE THAT DISCUSSING THIS CONDITION OVER THE PAST 3 AND HALF MONTHS HAS HELPED PEOPLE – THOSE WITH SIMILAR SYMPTOMS, THOSE WITH OTHER AILMENTS AND THOSE WHO ARE AFFECTED BY CARING FOR THE SICK. I KNOW THAT SICKNESS IS NOT MY PORTION, AND IF BY SHARING MY EXPERIENCE I CAN HELP TO EDUCATE AND COMFORT OTHERS, THEN SO BE IT..,” READ AN EXTRACT FROM JANET’S POST THAT SHOCKED HER FANS.

Kenyans were touched by Kanini’s sad story and started a kitty for her medical treatment.

From celebrities to local wananchi, many attended Janet’s fundraising at the Carnivore and she later travelled to India for treatment. After several months, Kanini came back home and we were convinced that she would live longer but God loved her most and plucked her from our midst..

Well, Janet was married to a supportive husband, George Ikua and were blessed with two kids; a son and a daughter. Below is a compilation of photos of the young family Janet Kanini has left behind.

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