Kenyans Mourn the Death of Endometriosis Warrior Njambi Koikai

Kenyans are mourning the loss of renowned reggae DJ, radio host and activist Njambi Koikai, who passed away on June 3rd at the age of 36. Koikai was a prominent voice raising awareness about endometriosis, a painful disorder that impacts millions of women worldwide.

Koikai, also known by her stage name Jahmby Koikai, grew up in Nairobi’s Dagoretti neighborhood. She made her mark as a popular radio personality, hosting shows like “Trace na Doba” on Trace FM where she candidly shared her own struggles with endometriosis.

Despite numerous surgeries and a 17-year battle to get properly diagnosed, Koikai refused to stay silent about the debilitating condition. Just weeks before her death, she posted a heartfelt plea on Instagram urging Kenyan leaders, including President William Ruto, to prioritize access to treatment for endometriosis during Ruto’s state visit to the United States.

“Endometriosis is tissue similar to the lining of the uterus growing on other organs…In my case that lining grew on my lungs, causing my lungs to collapse every month,” Koikai wrote. She highlighted the Atlanta-based Center for Endometriosis Care as a world-class facility, and advocated for Kenyan women to have access to its multidisciplinary care.

Koikai’s impact extended beyond Kenya’s borders. Her candid advocacy for demystifying menstrual health issues earned her respect from global figures like Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Kenyans flooded social media to pay tribute to Koikai’s courage and indelible spirit. Fellow DJ Muthoni Drummer Queen wrote, “Jahmby’s life was a blazing torch…Her self-advocacy while battling endometriosis taught many of us super invaluable lessons about resilience and radical self-love.”

While endometriosis robs many women of the ability to bear children, Koikai’s legacy ensures her voice and life’s work will inspire future generations. Memorial plans are still being finalized.