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Kenyan Reggae MC Mary Njambi Koikai "FYAH MUMMAH" Has Passed

Updated: Jun 5

Kenyan MC, radio host and prominent Reggae MC and activist, "Fyah Mummah" died this past Monday after a long battle with endometriosis. She was born Mary NJambi Koikai on November 24, 1986, in Nairobi, Kenya where she rose to fame through her captivating reggae mixes and vibrant personality on the airwaves of Metro FM and Q FM, where she hosted reggae shows. She was also a regular guest and host on the popular NTV show, "The Trend", before she decided to seek treatment for endometriosis in the USA. Njambi had been diagnosed with the rare and painful condition at the age of 13 and had undergone countless surgeries because her lungs would fail every month during her periods. Njambi was quite open about her struggles with endometriosis and used her platform to raise awareness about the condition while advocating for better healthcare for women in Kenya and across Africa.

Despite facing numerous surgeries and treatments, Mary Njambi Koikai remained resilient, inspiring others with her courage and determination. Throughout her journey, Koikai continued to pursue her passion for music, a love for which she had cultivated in her pre-teen years. She hosted radio shows and events, showcased her talent and spread positive vibes to her audience. Her love for reggae music had been a source of strength and comfort during difficult times, allowing her to connect with others who shared her passion. She was the first-ever manager of the Kenyan Afropop band Sauti Sol which was formed in Nairobi in 2005 by vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi. They were Initially an a-capella group, guitarist Polycarp Otieno joined before they named themselves Sauti Sol.

Mary Njambi Koikai also ran unsuccessfully for Member of Parliament for the Dagorreti South constituency of Nairobi County in Kenya in 2022.  Despite the challenges posed by her health condition, Koikai remained a beacon of hope and resilience for many.

Mary Njambi Koikai died at the Nairobi hospital on Monday at around 9 pm, hours after she had appealed for blood donation. In an Instagram story she had posted, “Hi fam, I’m currently admitted at the Pioneer Ward Nairobi hospital, and I kindly need Blood O positive. Kindly asking for blood donors for Mary Njambi Koikai.”

Her advocacy work has helped shine a light on the plight of women suffering from endometriosis and has contributed to greater awareness and support for those affected by the condition. Koikai’s journey exemplifies strength, resilience, and a deep love for both reggae music and making a positive impact.

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