Former KBC journalist based in Germany succumbs to cancer

Zipporah Njeri Nyambura. [Photo courtesy]

Zipporah Njeri Nyambura, a 40-year-old Kenyan journalist based in German has died from cancer while receiving treatment at a German hospital.

Njeri worked for German public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). She died on Saturday at Bonn hospital.

Until her death, she was a radio host and editor.

DW has eulogized her as a professional who steered the organization to greater heights.

 Unit her death, she worked as a radio host and editor.

“DW’s Africa Service is extremely sad to announce the passing of radio host and editor Zipporah Nyambura. Her sudden death leaves a huge void in the entire DW family. Zipporah died of cancer on Saturday, May 9, aged 40. Our deepest condolences to her husband, her 10-year-old son, and her family in Kenya. May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace,” DW said in a statement.

Njeri is a mother of one and had been living in Germany since 2009 when she moved to DW as an intern. She had been hosting the popular Africa Link programme which she last did while on her hospital bed.

Close friends say she has fought the battle with cancer for eight years.

Before she flew to Germany, she worked with Kenya’s national broadcaster Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), where she worked as a sports reporter.

DW on Monday through a livestream held a memorial service to eulogize the deceased.

“You were such a wonderful and lovely colleague for me. I can’t believe that you are gone so soon. My heart is with you and your loved ones. Rest in peace,” DW’s Nadina Schwarzbeck eulogized her.

“It’s sad that you had to exit early but we will always remember the great moments you shared with us,” Halligan Agade added.

Her former school mates in Kenya and colleagues she worked with at KBC said her loss is a big blow to them.

“You touched my heart in a special way. Rest with the Angels our dearest Zipporah Njeri. The whole KBC fraternity is in mourning and so is the sports fraternity and all who knew you back in Kenya,” said Mary Wavinya Musa.