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Family remembers achievements of LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Jaffar

The family of the late Jackson Jaffar, a former M-Net Idol and prominent Kenyan stylist, has shared heartfelt memories of his childhood and remarkable achievements after his passing.

Jackson succumbed to complications arising from a stomach infection on Sunday, January 7, and was laid to rest on Thursday, January 18, at Lang’ata Cemetery.

Jaffar Jackson faced significant backlash when he first came out a couple of years ago, but he remained a steadfast advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in Kenya.

He openly discussed his struggles.

Born as the first child to Peter Irungu Kariuki (Munano) and the late Alice Wanjiku Kariuki, Jackson was the elder sibling to Owen Kariuki, Stephanie Wambui, Edwin Mwangi, Arnold Kaguthi, and Joshua Kangira.

In the tribute book, his family says he was raised in a christian family.

Jackson was actively involved in singing and acting groups at Nairobi Christian Centre KAG Church under the guidance of Youth Pastor Pastor Macharia.

Recognized as a talented and brilliant individual, he was also a member of the Praise and Worship Group at Winners Chapel and Waterbrook Church under Pastor Peter Odera.

Jackson’s early entry into the workforce began when he was in Form One.

“His journey included a trip to London for a movie shoot named “OUT OF AFRICA,” where he earned commendable compensation. Upon returning, he resumed his secondary education and later joined the National Theatre, showcasing his acting skills. He even competed in the Africa Coca-Cola Dolls Singing Competition, highlighting his multifaceted talents.

Jackson worked at various establishments, demonstrating resilience and versatility. He started at Kencall Ltd as a center staff, concurrently pursuing online studies that culminated in a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

His journey also led him to G4S Company, where he served as a supervisor, and later transitioned to Zain (now Airtel) after a brief period of retrenchment.

“In addition to his ventures in acting and fashion, Jackson dedicated a significant part of his career to the non-profit sector, working with the NGO known as USAID until his untimely demise.”

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