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Cancer warrior and football enthusiast, Monica Ngere, has passed on months after bravely sacrificing her life for her child.

On the evening of Saturday 7th September, Monica Wanjiru Ngere’s husband sorrowfully informed friends and well-wishers that his wife had passed on.

BREAST CANCER

“The love of my life has gone to be with the Lord. Worst Saturday of my life,” wrote Monica’s heart-broken husband wrote, who goes by the name Charley Blackman on Facebook.

The news was received with sadness by her friends and loved ones, especially those in the football fraternity.

Monica had been receiving treatment at Avenue Hospital until she lost her fight to breast cancer on Saturday.

In her final Facebook post on Friday night, the lawyer and mother of three had expressed hope that she would survive her illness.

“I serve a living God. He will get me out of this,” she wrote.

During her battle with cancer, Monica had inspired many people when she chose to carry her final pregnancy to full term.

GREAT SACRIFICE

She had bravely chosen to save the life of her unborn child despite being severely ill.

Monica showed even greater sacrifice after her new born child, King Jabali, fell sick only weeks after he was born.

King Jabali, fell seriously ill in the few weeks after he was born and had to be admitted in hospital.

The medical bills for both Monica and her child ran into the millions of shillings and greatly drained the young family, despite fundraising efforts from family and friends.

In a brave show of motherly love, Monica chose to use a great portion of the money raised for her treatment to pay for her child’s medical expenses instead.

A few weeks before her demise, Monica’s husband and children had shown their undying support for her by shaving off their hair. The young family had proudly gone bald to support Monica as she faced hair loss due to breast cancer.

LOVE FOR FOOTBALL

Monica and her husband had been faithful football enthusiasts and were part of several football communities in the country.

The football fraternity had also shown relentless support for Monica by organizing fundraisers and offering social and emotional support during her treatment.

A few days before she lost her battle with cancer, Monica had publicly shared the story of her deceased son, Baraka, who passed on in 2014 after struggling with cerebral palsy and other congenital birth defects.

Monica had reminisced about her deceased son describing her life during his two-year lifetime as one of hope despite challenges.

Gor Mahia FC on Saturday night, eulogized Monica as a cancer warrior and a contributor to football development in Kenya.

Gor Mahia FC on Saturday night, eulogized Monica as a cancer warrior and a contributor to football development in Kenya.

Gor Mahia FC@FCGorMahia

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Charles following untimely death of his wife. Monica was a lawyer by profession & cancer warrior. Her contributions towards Kenya’s football development will be truly missed. RIP

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Sony Sugar FC also remembered Monica as an advocate for the welfare of football players in Kenya.

Tusker FC remembered Monica as a staunch football lover and a cancer warrior.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of Charles Blackman following untimely death of his wife, Monica Binti Ngere.

She was a staunch football lover, a cancer warrior and a key personality in the sports industry. She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace

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AFC Leopards SC eulogized Monica as an ardent football fan.

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TRANSITION

We are sad to announce the passing on of our ardent fan Monica Ngere

Our heart felt condolences to her family and friends

Rest In Peace Binti Ngere

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Another football community, Zoo FC, remembered Monica as a great football enthusiast.

Ulinzi Stars FC remembered Monica as a figure of strength in the football community.

We are deeply saddened to receive the news of Monica Ngere’s passing on. An ardent AFC Leopards and football fan and a figure of strength in the fight against cancer has gone to be with the Lord. Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends at this tough moment.#RIPMonicapic.twitter.com/i4TxDCCMZC

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We are deeply saddened to receive the news of Monica Ngere’s passing on. An ardent AFC Leopards and football fan and a figure of strength in the fight against cancer has gone to be with the Lord. Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends at this tough moment.

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One of Monica’s close friends, Alice, remembers her as a supportive friend and brave woman.

“We cracked jokes and nicknamed her gallant soldier, she came in for friends even on her sick bed… there’s nothing more to describe Monica apart from ‘God sent’. Her life will always be a living testimony as a brave cancer warrior… I lack words but will ask God why?? Why?” said the friend.

For Monica’s friends and family, her greatest legacies will be her brave fight with cancer, her extraordinary maternal sacrifices and her undying support for the football community in Kenya.


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‘I regret…’ Anne Kiguta opens up about posting her daughter on social media

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TV news anchor Anne Kiguta has announced that she would like to share with her fans more about her life.

However, she draws a line on exposing her children to the limelight.

Anne has three children, one from her previous marriage and fraternal twins with Jomo Gecaga.

Responding to a fan who asked her about her babies, Anne posted a photo of her and her twins but blocked out the faces.

In her response she explained,

“Gosh, so many of you have said this… was the number one response. Well, I will have to let you down on that my loves.”

She added,

“I’m rather traditional (believe it or not) so I’m vehemently against it. My babies are are all still too young, including the eldest, to be on social media.”

Anne continued,

“In fact I really regret having posted my eldest at all. Mummy already has a pretty public life. They deserve their privacy.”

But not to break her fans hearts, Anne promised,

“A reference every once in a while but nothing more than that for a long long time.  Hope  you understand.”

In another post she still emphasized,

“That is my son. Quite the charmer. If only I could tell you half of what they say! But all these are are to me sacred moments…really can’t share much more.”

Not to be daunted though, Anne promised to talk about other aspects of her life.

Here are the various topics she is open to talking about.

By Mpasho.co.ke


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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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VIDEO: 28 year old Kenyan woman marries a 60 year old German and tongues can’t stop wagging

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Ciru Njuguna is 28 and her husband Greg Twiss is 60. Please don’t let that age gap fool you, these two deeply love each other and they are living their best life together.

But when people say Ciru is just after Greg’s money and he will end up in a septic tank, that gets to her. She is not ashamed of her relationship and strongly urges the public to let other people be.

“My German husband is older than my father. People say I am his slave and he is a colonial master,” she says.

She sat down with Lynn Ngugi for this exclusive episode of Tuko Talks and this is her story.


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