Dorothy Nyong’o, the mother of Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o, has eulogized former NTV presenter Janet Kanini Ikua as “an inspiration to many”.
Speaking to eDaily, Mrs Nyong’o, who is the managing director of Africa Cancer Foundation, said Mrs Ikua, who succumbed to lung cancer on Saturday, April 1, put up a spirited fight against the malignancy – and remained upbeat throughout the battle.
“We were all very sad to hear about Janet. She had done so well, fought the good fight and was such an inspiration to so many. We all believed she was well on her way to full recovery,” said Mrs Nyong’o, who is the wife of Kisumu Senator Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o.
“Other cancer survivors are traumatised by this loss, and those of us in cancer organizations, and members of the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO), wish to encourage survivors not to lose heart. We will continue to work towards a cancer free Africa, because we care. May God rest Janet’s soul in eternal peace,” added Dorothy Nyong’o.
Janet Kanini Ikua died aged 38. She succumbed to lung cancer Saturday morning, according to family.
The former N-Soko host had been battling lung cancer for the past two years.
Janet Kanini Ikua is survived by a husband, George Ikua and two children – a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter.
Benda Kithaka, the Chairperson of the Women for Cancer Early Detection and Treatment – and a close friend to the Ikuas, eulogised Janet Kanini-Ikua as a “valiant warrior”.
“We grieve with the Ikua family, we honour and respect Janet. She has been a valiant warrior,” said Ms Kithaka.