THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF ACTRESS KANANA GICHURU STILL SHOCKING MANY
Many are still in shock and are yet to come to terms with the news of Kanana Gichuru’s demise that happened on 22nd September at approximately 10am at Utawala, along the Eastern Bypass. According to Nairobi Traffic Commandant, Kanana was overtaking another vehicle on a climbing lane when she collided head-on with the trailer and died on the spot.
Nana, as many of her friends and colleagues called her, was an actress on popular TV shows like Demi gods, Noose of gold, How to find a husband and several of the Maisha Magic East movies.
The film industry has suffered yet another loss as many of her colleagues described Nana as a very talented actress, full of life, cheerful and pleasant to work with.
Speculations are still rife as to what lead to her untimely death with some sources, including the, police saying she was driving really fast while overtaking and others suggesting that it was suicide and her followers should have seen the signs owing to a couple of posts she had on her social media pages regarding death. Among her last posts was one that read “Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'HOLY CRAP!!!! WHAT A RIIIDEE....!!'”
Messages of condolence from fellow actors trickled in on social media;
“Kanana, I don't believe it. You were brilliant. A force to be reckoned with in front of the camera. Rest with the Angels sunshine, rest with the Angels.” Mumbi Maina
“Brilliant is understating you... you are flower trumped too soon. Your wings are lighter now.
Fly baby. Fly. I will miss you immensely.” Damaris Matunda
“Brilliant Actor, wonderful hostess. To have offered yourself to art and service is a testimony of your beautiful soul. God took you just for that. Here's to the pain and Joy, the bitter and the sweet. Here's to a life well lived, undeserving of such an abrupt ending. Find peace love. R.I.P @nanagichuru” Martin Githinji
“What a sad thing to hear today. A great friend with a beautiful soul and great personality. We mourn your passing Kanana. So sad and unbelievable.” Joed Ngaruiya
“Here was a beautiful, creative mind that would always have an idea or three each time we met. Here was a beautiful spirit, filled with light and life and hope - always hope. Here was the kind of soul that would make me go "you think she's beautiful? Wait till you get to know her." Look, another brilliant, vibrant star has been added to the magnificent galaxy. Rest with the angels, Nana. Till we meet again.” Edna Ratemo
“For someone who has made a a living from conjuring words, They fail me now. RIP KANANA GICHURU.” Director Benjamin Oduor
To say Nana din't live her life to the max although dying at a young age of 28 will however be a lie. Those who knew her knew she only settled for the best and always strived for the best. She lived life on the edge and perhaps, a lesson that we can all learn from Nana’s death is reminded to us by yet another post from her that read;
“"Be not afraid of death. Be afraid of having never lived."
“I am an actor, writer, musician, voice artist, young film maker, entrepreneur, travel junkie, maaard thinker and an unconventional human in Nairobi..” and so she described herself.
REST IN PEACE KANANA.