I am distraught. I am shedding tears. I am mourning a human being whose life was cut short by a fatal strain of cancer. I am talking about Beth Nyambura Mbaya who featured as Wanade in Citizen TV’s Mother-In-Law series. She is the mother of Baha of the Machachari fame.
It took several hours for Citizen TV to announce her death through its Facebook page and Twitter handles. And when it did, the media outlet that is known to pay some of its pampered anchors heftily was seeking handouts.
Sadly, her death comes a day after the TV channel celebrated the birthday of its modestly-rated crimes reporter Michael Njenga. And today, the slime-balls met for lunch to celebrate Njenga’s birth, which upstaged Mbaya’s death. If I were Njenga, I would have directed all my birthday resources to the fallen woman’s family. After all, they were paid by the same boss.
When will Citizen TV learn to treat people as equals? We are all mortals and someday, the managers will learn.
That is why a post by the gracious Kanze Dena nearly touched my heart. On her Facebook page, she updated: “Early age-cancer is something I will never understand but Wanade, you were God’s best flower He had to pick. You fought your battle to the end. I know your two sons will always make you proud. R.I.P.”
Jackal News joins other Kenyans in mourning the fallen star.
Jalang’o: So sad that we’ve lost another great actor..RIP WANADE OF MOTHER IN LAW….we WILL MISS YOU!
Cabu Gah: Wanade,Thankyou for entertaining us…and may Your brilliant sons fulfill your acting dreams for You. Rest In Peace,Beth. You will be missed. Oh Yes,You will.
Maina Kageni: RIP Wanade of Mother-In-Law. Death is cruel but your life is celebrated! Thank you for the many hours of entertainment that you gave to Kenyans.
Tina Kaggia: praying for Beth Mbaya’s (Wanade of mother in law) kids… may God protect and care for them as they have lost their mum.This is So tragic…sigh.
Willis Raburu: #RIPWanade of Mother In Law. So sad, Wanade has Left two sons Kamau Mbaya AKA Baha of ‘Machachari’ and KNOWZONE presenter, Mungai Mbaya.
Heartstrings Kenya: Sending our condolences to the friends and family of Ruth Mbaya (Wanade of Mother-In-Law). May you Rest In Peace.
Dennis Itumbi: Pole 2 Film and Theatre family for the death of Mother In Law Actress Beth Mbaya, aka Wanade – she leaves 2 boys, one is Baha of Machachar
Robert Alai: Beth Nyambura Mbaya aka Wanade of Mother-In-Law is dead. RIP Beth
Philip Etale: RIP Beth Mbaya aka Wanade (Mama Baha). The theatre fraternity and the whole country will truly miss you.
Kawira (Papa Shirandula): My heartfelt condolences. R.I.P
Denis Mugo (OJ): Rest in Peace Beth Mbaya (Wanade) of mother in law and mother to Baha of Machachari you have left behind a legacy that will not easily be forgotten. I pray that your son will find peace and confort. She passed on after a long battle with cancer.
Roy Ogolla: Sad day for the Kenyan Acting Frtaernity as Beth Mbaya aka Wanade of Mother-in-Law goes to be with the Lord. Rest In Freedom
Gerald Langiri (actors.co.ke): Sad News:We have lost an actress,a mother, a sister, a friend…Beth Mbaya aka Wanade passed on today morning after suffering from a long term illness. Sincere condolences to the family.Rest In Peace Wanade..
Doreen Nyawira (TPF5 finalist): R.I.P Wanade. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
Anto Neo Soul: The pain of losing a mother is too heavy to bear but the memories last forever! Baha we’re here for you. R.I.P Mama Baha Ruth Mbaya #Wanade
Oliver Mathenge: My condolences to the family esp the Son Baha of Machachari and friends of Beth Mbaya who acted as Wanade in Mother-in-Law. RIP!
Machel Waikenda: My condolences to the family and friends of Beth Mbaya who has been playing Wanade on the Citizen production drama, Mother-in-law.
Xavier Jerry Nato: Sad to hear of the passing of Beth Mbaya “Mama Baha”. The few times we’ve shared in this industry I will remember you by. Rest in Peace mummy.