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Akuku Danger’s post about ‘death being peaceful’ divides Kenyans online

Comedian Akuku Danger’s recent musings about the tranquility of death have left Kenyans in contemplation, with varying perspectives emerging from his disclosure.

Akuku, who faced a near-death experience several years ago and shared his journey on the Iko Nini podcast, recounted a profound encounter with peace while hospitalized.

Akuku delved into the harrowing seven days he spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) during which he battled Pneumonia, Tuberculosis (TB), and Sickle Cell disease.

He revealed his amnesia during that trying period and how he had found solace in the perception of death’s tranquility.

“I don’t know if I can say I had given up really, but when I was in the ICU, I think dear viewers,” he cautioned, “Death is actually peaceful, not that we are advocating for it, no, no, no, don’t get it wrong. I’m just trying to give my perception. But I think death is very peaceful. Bro, I reached a certain place, and it was just total darkness.”

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Akuku continued, “There was no noise, no one in sight, just you, floating in darkness, and there was one particular star that I could see, very bright. You feel like you are floating, just at peace. It was actually peaceful.”

The comedian’s recount of his near-death experience brought to light the challenges he faced, especially as a Sickle Cell patient.

“That’s why when you die, things get deleted, so that you are peaceful. Your mind is at peace, just as you came into this world. That’s how the Bible says it.”

“It doesn’t matter if you are a politician; all those things get erased. You return with a clean slate. I think that is the closest I’ve ever come to death,” he added.

Akuku described the ICU ordeal as an existence deeper than sleep, highlighting his complete immobility during that period.

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Defending him, MC Jessy told netizens, “He doesn’t have mental problems. He went through a tough time and went into a coma for a period of time. WI thought we had lost him. By the grace of God, he came back. He always shares the story of where he was. It’s very touching. He is now sharing his personal story of the trance and the place he was while in that coma.”

Former Tahidi High actor Dennis Mugo a.k.a OJ chimed in sharing his own story.

He said, “Reflecting on my own battle with depression and the tragic loss of my cousin to suicide, especially during World Mental Health Day yesterday (October 10), I believe that @akukudanger should seriously consider seeking treatment. These statements reflect the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and it’s crucial not to underestimate it. Such comments should not be shared on public platforms as they can push someone to the brink.”

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The comedian’s introspective comments on the serenity of death have ignited conversations across Kenya, with individuals reflecting on their own perspectives about the final journey of life.

Here are some of the responses from Kenyans:

nancyches: This could be a cry for help, and we should pay attention. Sometimes, people use these words to send a message.

itsmssuzzy: I share the same perspective. It’s the living who suffer, and we should pray for those going through difficult times.

tirraw_blaise: Health is something we should never take for granted. Let’s keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

kellessy: Never give up, my friends. Pray as long as you can and ask God for strength and resilience.

mr._abbs: These words can indicate that someone is battling with thoughts of suicide. Those close to him should reach out and offer support. Speaking as a mental health advocate, this is a critical moment.

suzan4sho: The perception of death being peaceful may come from not knowing God. Premature death is never peaceful. There is no peace in it.

suzzieizzoh: If you’ve been on the brink of death, enduring intense suffering, you may not fear death. At times, you start thinking about the worst-case scenario.

dianamwasha: Death is something that will touch all of us at some point. It’s puzzling why people are so hesitant to discuss it. If more people did, perhaps we wouldn’t struggle as much when we lose loved ones.

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