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Ruth Matete talks about the many family members she has lost

By Freya Wanjiku November 14th, 2022 2 min read

Award-winning artiste Ruth Matete has shared details how her mother, father and herself lost their spouses.

In a post on her Instagram account, Matete recounted her late mother’s troubled marriage to an abusive man who happened to be her (Matete) stepfather.

“My mother died when I was 8 years old. My stepfather beat her so badly and she was taken to the hospital because of the injuries. I was still living with her and my stepfather. So when she realized that she may not make it out alive, she called my father and asked him to come get me,” she narrated.

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Matete, a winner of the Tusker Project Fame (TPF) season 5, also made revelations that she was sired out of wedlock and that she spent her years in life with her mother.

“My dad came and took me with him to the city. This is where I have been since then. My mother later died a few months after I came to Nairobi. My father was married to another woman here in Nairobi who also later died. (My parents both got married to different people),” she said.

She said her stepfather passed on two years ago as was the case with daughter’s father, John Apewajoye.

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She went to narrate he last moments with her late hubby who succumbed to burns after a gas cylinder exploded at their house. The couple had only been married for four months and just found out that they were expecting a baby barely a week before the fatal accident.

“While in the ambulance after the accident, he told me he wasn’t gonna make it. I thought it was just fear. So I kept encouraging him that he would be fine. He told me all he wanted me to do (I felt like it was those Afro cinema movies). He gave me the name of the baby regardless of the gender. Toluwa is a unisex name. Gave me a message for his sister and brother as well,” she recounted.

“God gave him two weeks. In those two weeks, each time I went to visit him, he would ask me ‘Oh! Am still here?’ It’s like he waited for death. I felt like he didn’t fight to live. But anyway, I will never know fully,” she said.

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