• News on the death of popular personalities has gone viral in the media, only for them to come out and say they are alive.
Social media platforms in Kenya have become an avenue for fake death stories.
A number of times, news on the death of popular personalities has gone viral in the media, only for them to come out and say they are alive.
Here are some of the notable Kenyans who have been rumored to be dead
1. Conjestina Achieng
Celebrated Boxer Conjestina Achieng has been a victim of fake death rumours, not once but thrice.
This happened in 2016, 2017 and even 2020, when random reports on social media stated that she is dead.
In all instances, the family of Conjestina came out to dispel the rumours.
2. Mwai Kibaki
In 2020, misleading information about the death of Kenya's former President Mwai Kibaki spread like wildfire.
The misleading information was shared by a local news website, which claimed Kibaki had succumbed to kidney failure.
3. Charles Njonjo
On October 9, 2021, reports that Kenya's first attorney general Charles Njonjo was dead went viral on social media.
The information was even shared by notable people in the political scenes and one of Njonjo's friends Salime Lone.
Hours later, the family denied the claims, saying that Njonjo 101-year-old Njonjo was at his home, enjoying Utamaduni day.
4. DJ Evolve
Months ago, widespread reports indicated that Felix Orinda, aka DJ Evolve was dead.
Through an interview with Mpasho, Evolve's father dismissed the reports. What followed was a short video clip from Evolve asking; "Who is dead?"
5. Jimi Wanjigi
In 2018, a fake Orbituary was published on the Daily Nation newspaper, claiming that businessman Jimi Wanjigi was dead.
Nation Media Group issued an apology to the businessman and the Hight court ruled a damage fee of KSh 8 Million to be paid to Wanjigi.
The obituary placement was paid for by an anonymous man who walked into the Nation Centre.