Former NTV presenter Janet Kanini to be buried today
Former NTV presenter Janet Kanini-Ikua, who passed away last Saturday, after a protracted battle with lung cancer, will be laid to rest Saturday in Naromoru, Nyeri County.
She is survived by her husband George Ikua and two children Pedro, 6, and Jasmine, 4.
During her memorial service at Nairobi Baptist Church on Friday, her husband, in an a emotional eulogy, described her as loving, friendly and a dedicated family woman who gave her all in anything she did.
“In every field she worked, she received awards of excellence and finally the country recognized her as one of the 40 under 40 women,” Mr Ikua said.
Her mother, Dr Margaret Muiva, told mourners that the support Janet got after she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer “helped uphold her positive spirit during the healing process, and at that time she chose to listen and help other Kenyans suffering from cancer in whatever she could. Thus she founded the Kanini for Africa Foundation.”
Janet’s friends and formers colleagues who spoke to Saturday Nation recounted that the former TV personality stayed positive, optimistic and inspirational to many people across the country especially after being diagnosed with cancer.
Ms Pamela Asigi, head of news at NTV, said the newsroom used to receive an overwhelming number of calls from the public who sought after Janet for motivation and inspirational messages.
“Her bravery caught the public’s attention during her interview on NTV with Larry Madowo. Thereafter, people with patients at home and in hospital would call the newsroom asking that Janet speaks to their patients to inspire hope in them,” she said.