Miss World Nyamira County 2016 Mercy Mokeira has died, her father Josephat Momanyi has confirmed.
Mokeira died aged 23 on Saturday, January 28, at 11:30am at North Kinangop Hospital, where she had been hospitalised since mid January 2017.
Mercy Mokeira had fallen ill last year December and was admitted to a hospital in Kijabe after complaining of neck pain. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with thyroid disease. She got well and was later discharged.
However, mid January 2017, she fell ill again and was taken to North Kinangop Hospital. On the second admission, she was frail and couldn’t talk or do things by herself.
Her blood samples were taken to Nairobi for testing on Tuesday, but before a report could be presented to North Kinangop Hospital, she died.
“My first born child, Mercy Mokeira, died today (Saturday, January 28) – and my family is headed to North Kinangop Hospital to transfer her body to a morgue in Gilgil. It is such a sad day for me,” Josephat Momanyi told EDAILY on phone at 8:50pm Saturday.
Miss World Kenya franchise holder Terry Mungai has eulogized Mercy Mokeira as a lively and hard-working lady.
“I am saddened by the death of Mercy Mokeira. I pass my condolences to her family and the entire Nyamira County. Mokeira was a very cheerful lady, and she did a good job in the fight against jigger infestation in different parts of the country.”
Mercy Mokeira was to graduate from Kenyatta University in June this year with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.
In June 2016, she became a national sensation after she and her Siaya counterpart, Sharon Halima, took photos with Lang’ata inmates, who were deemed to be “more beautiful” than the two models.
She was cyber-bullied, but stood her ground with her chin up, oozing confidence in her beauty.
Mercy Mokeira was in May, 2016 crowned the Female Model of the Year at the Pwani Fashion Week Awards.
Additional reporting by Jackline Mauti in Nyamira County.