Who was the late Njambi 'Jahmby' KoiKai

• The affable radio personality will leave behind a legacy of grit, perseverance, and an indefatigable spirit.

Njambi 'Jahmby' KoiKai
Image: Instagram

Kenyans have woken up to the sad news that Njambi 'Jahmby' Koikai, popularly known as Fyah Mummah Jahmby is dead. 

But who was she?

A simple summary is that she was a indefatigable media personality, and an advocate of reggae music and rasta culture who inspired many not only through her shows but also her strength and determination to fight endometriosis.


Her real names were Mary Njambi Koikai but her she was well-known by her fans as Fyah Mummah Jahmby.

The late 38-year-old was raised by her mother and grandmother, who provided strong support. Her grandmother passed away in 2016  and Njambi admired her mother's strength.

This in light of the fact that her mother had to care for both Njambi, who was undergoing surgeries, and her own mother with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Njambi leaves behind a mom and a younger sister who she once described as a 'Tower of Strength'. 

Njambi 'Jahmby' KoiKai
Image: Instagram

Education: Njambi struggled with school due to endometriosis, leading to expulsions from different four schools.

With the help of a mentor, Mrs. Meynink, she persevered and was able to complete pass her O-levels and A-levels despite having to reseat the exams.

Afterward, she joined United States International University (USIU) and completed a degree in International Relations which took her eight years due to significant health challenges due to endometriosis.

Career: Njambi gained fame hosting reggae shows on Metro FM and QFM, and organized performances with her band, Earthzone.

Despite setbacks like being fired from QFM, she continued her career, notably performing at KICC in 2020 despite severe health issues. She also organized gigs through her Street Empire Entertainment company.

Endometriosis Struggle: The late Njambi struggled with the illness from the time she was 13 and had to have numerous surgeries to deal with it.

Her battle with endometriosis significantly impacted her life, causing painful cramps, educational setbacks, with her ending up having 21 surgeries in total.

Jahmby Koikai on Instagram: "This is a sincere and heartfelt call of help to a few Kenyan leaders but allow me to address this to President William Ruto first as he makes his state visit to the US. Mr. President, one of the thematic areas in your visit is investment in health. Atlanta, Georgia is a dream city for every young girl and woman who has ever battled this horrific disease called Endometriosis. Therein lies a centre dedicated to restoring the lives of young girls and women who are crippled by this disease. The @centerforendocare Endometriosis is tissue similar to the lining of the uterus growing on other organs. In simple terms, ni wakati tunapopata hedhi, ama periods, we shed the lining of the uterus. Unfortunately, with Endometriosis that lining grows on other parts of the body. In my case that lining grew on my lungs, causing my lungs to collapse every month and countless number of surgeries. It took me 17 years to get a diagnosis. The damage caused due to late diagnosis and lack of treatment in our country. After fundraising for specialised treatment, the extent of the disease had spread to my teeth, heart, appendix and affected my spine causing my organs to shift to the left. The adverse effects of Endometriosis and Adenomyosis cause infertility. 1 in 10 women are battling Endometriosis worldwide. The numbers are staggering. Due to our traditions and taboos, young girls and women are shamed to believe that period pain is normal. As you commence your State visit tomorrow to the US, I'd like to kindly add a few visits that would help the millions of Kenyan women battling in silence. Please pay The Center for Endometriosis Care and the Northside Hospital Women's unit and the directorship of Dr. Ken Sinervo, Dr. John Gouldman, the multi-disciplinary unit that helps to treat women from all over the world. Senator @elizabethwarren has been at the forefront in fighting for more funding allocation, research, access to treatment and insurance, as well as raising awareness amongst her colleagues. Former Secretary of State, @hillaryclinton is the Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary Below The Belt, directed by @endowhat @charleneruto @dennisitumbi @ndayvid"

Despite this, she used her platform to raise awareness about the condition, sharing her experiences and struggles publicly. After a media hiatus, she returned to host the 'Trace Na Doba' show on Trace Radio.

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