Choose happiness: A look at Fridah Kamuyu’s life through her tattoos
At 22 years, Fridah Warau Kamuyu had her life ahead of her, and she was set to live it the best way she knew how.
Her future prospects were endless after graduating from university.
But that life was cut short on January 17, 2023, when she met her death at the Titanic Dam in Juja, Kiambu County. Fridah was in the company of 39-year-old businessman Tirus Maina.
The car they were in plunged into the murky waters of the dam. The duo drowned.
Based on her social media posts and interactions, we can glimpse who Fridah was. On her TikTok account, Fridah only posted two videos, both showcasing her “Choose life” tattoo below her right collarbone.
The choice of tattoo is branded as a positivity tattoo.
These types of tattoos can be a symbol of identity, others can also be a statement, a motto, or a reminder of what is important to a person.
Positive tattoos can be retrieved from various sources, including a line from a favourite book, movie or song. Others choose a quote that was said to them by a loved one.
For Fridah, her quote of choice was “Choose happiness”.
Her second tattoo was on her left leg, near the ankle. She had tattooed a floral-shaped tattoo.
The meanings behind flower tattoos are as multi-layered as they are varied; in ancient cultures, flowers were a direct symbol of God’s contentment. Today, flowers often represent the love between two people.
The plans to bury Fridah are ongoing as her sister Ms Mary Kamuyu asked for financial support so that she could travel to Kenya from Saudi Arabia, where she is based, to oversee the function.
“I am in Saudi Arabia with no means of returning home to bury my sister,” she said via TikTok. She further went ahead and asked Kenyans to share the video across social media sites.
“This voice should trend so that I can return and pay my last respects. Please share this so I can get means to come back home,” she added.
On Friday, Mr Maina was laid to rest at his ancestral home at Gumba Village in Mukurwe-ini constituency, Nyeri County.
His eulogy was three paragraphs enshrined inside the four-paged funeral program with two photos of the deceased.
Two of his wives attended the burial ceremony but were not introduced to the mourners.