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Janet Bett, rapper Nyashinski’s sister-in-law wrote her own eulogy; she succumbed to Aplastic Anemia

In Summary

  • Janet Bett was ailing from severe Aplastic Anemia, condition that led to her demise.
  • She wrote her own eulogy.

Janet Bett Karoney succumbed to severe Aplastic Anemia on October 17, two months after diagnosis.

She was Nyamari Ongegu’s, popularly known as Nyashinski, sister-in-law. Nyashinski is married to entrepreneur Zia Bett of Zia Africa Clothing Brand.

The 31-year-old technology guru was diagnosed with the severe illness leaving her to survive on blood transfusions. Severe Aplastic Anemia is a disorder in which the bone marrow stops producing sufficient blood.

She wrote her own eulogy prior to her demise. “I turned 31 this year, I am the fourth child in our family and a size three shoe. My dad felt I was very special and different, while I shared my giggly and humorous side with my mum. We were always laughing and cracking jokes,” read the eulogy in part.

“I always found the school part of Eulogies boring. I don’t want mine to be the same. So allow me to summarize. I did go to school, I did really well (like I was the top girl in my GSCE class!) and went on to graduate from Strathmore University. Funny story though, apparently I loved school so much that I was always the first in the car and cried when my siblings would make me late.”

How she met her husband

“My life was not all about academia though… When I joined Strathmore University, I met the love of my life Brian Kipchumba Karoney. You see, Brian’s uncle is my dad’s friend and had requested Brian to look for me. Destiny, right? We built a friendship based on fun, humour, play and intellectual discourse.”

“After six years of dating, Brian proposed to me in the most unforgettable way. Just to give you some details, can you imagine he rented out the entire Cinema at Prestige Plaza and created an emotional movie that incorporated my loved ones asking for my hand in marriage. We tied the knot on the 12th December, 2017 in a super colourful ceremony by my standards.”

“Now let me tell you, my husband, Brian, is loving, kind and selfless. Out of this beautiful love came our princess Nemye. Our strong friendship and love reflected in our little family. We were inseparable. My husband is truly the perfect husband. He stood with me till the end. I have no doubt whatsoever that Nemye is in great hands and no one will take care of her and protect her more than Brian.”

Career journey

“I was passionate about my career. I started out at Simba Colt as an intern and later got a full time position in the tech team. I later mover to Nexus where I got the opportunity to serve as General Manager. Talk about moving on up. I pivoted into the startup world at WomenWork Kenya right after that.”

“I had a fun and a full social life and really enjoyed spending time with my friends. I had a close knit circle with which we shared many memories together. I was blessed to have many friends at work too.”

She revealed that she contracted an infection which greatly compromised her immunity. “With my low blood count, my body was unable to fight the infection. This was sudden and difficult but my love resides in all of you.”

Janet had plans of raising awareness about the rare blood condition after completing her treatment. If she had gotten a bone marrow transplant, she would have had a 90% chance of surviving. None of her siblings matched. She hoped to figure out a way to enable the availability of bone marrow transplants in Kenya so that people didn’t have to seek treatment abroad like her.

Her final prayer:

Lord, make me a rainbow. I’ll shine down on my mother.

She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colours

Ain’t even gray, but she buries her baby

Well, I’ve had just enough time

What I never did is done

Gather up your tears, keep ’em in your pocket

Save ’em for a time when you really gonna need ’em, oh

And I’ll be wearing white when I go into His kingdom

So put on your best, and I’ll wear my pearls

Send me away with the words of a love song.

Until we meet again. Love Jano.

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