Former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation journalist Zipporah Njeri is dead.
German broadcaster – Deutche Welle, confirmed that its Njeri, who left KBC in 2009, was their radio host and editor at the time of her demise last Saturday due to cancer.
“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,” DW said in a statement.
“Our deepest condolences to her husband, her 10-year-old son, and her family in Kenya. May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.”
KBC Managing Director Naim Bilal confirmed that Njeri had worked at the station before leaving for Deutsche Welle in Germany.
“She’s a former reporter. She left for Germany in 2009,” Bilal was quoted by sections of the media.
A sports journalist who interacted with the deceased clarified the sad news had circulated to the deceased’s former colleagues but stated that Njeri’s demise was not related to Covid-19 infection.
He further noted that her Kenyan family had not been furnished with the details of her status and were awaiting more information.
“She was working with Deutsche Welle in Germany after she left KBC. What we know is that her death was not related to Covid-19. We have not been given the details.
“The only thing I would say with certainty was that she was at KBC until 2009 before she relocated to Germany.”
She was a renowned sports reporter and covered multiple championships, including the World Cross Country Championships, All African Games in 2007 and the African Military Games in Nairobi.
During her tenure at KBC Sports, she worked with, among others, Vereso Mwanga, Elynah Shiveka, Joseph Onyango, Milton Nyakundi, Omole Asiko, Jack Oyoo Sylvester, Torome Tirike, Halligan Agade, Mary Wavinya and Peter Kimeu, among others.
Njeri is survived by her husband and a son with whom she lived in Bonn, Germany.
A memorial is expected to be held in Germany on Monday night and will be livestreamed on DW TV‘s Facebook page.
Njeri is an alumnus of the Gitwe Girls High School and the University of Nairobi.