The late 22-year-old Audrey Chibole succumbed to cancer of the Liver on Tuesday 27th August 2019 while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
Audrey’s mother Lilian Munyendo confirmed that she was diagnosed with stage four cancer of the liver which had spread to her ovary and lungs a week before her demise. She was put on life support machine on the afternoon of Tuesday 27th August 2019 after her condition worsened, where she later died.
According to Lilian, Audrey complained of joint pains two months ago and was treated by a bone specialist at the Kakamega County Referral Hospital. However, she did not get better as further tests revealed she had severely damaged lungs, an enlarged liver, and a Cyst in her stomach. She had successful surgery to remove the cyst and was transferred to Nairobi women’s hospital to recover further.
Recurring Eye Infection Lead to Her Loss of Vision
Audrey was not born blind, losing her eyesight at 17 years old was one thing she considered a stepping stone to a better future rather than a drawback as most people would assume. Yes, it was hard to adjust to her lack of sight in the beginning, but she made it through by not allowing her dreams die. Even though the transition was tough, she joined Thika School for Visually Impaired in 2016 where she learned how to read Braille. Scoring a B-(minus) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), Audrey joined Kenyatta University where she studied Music and Kiswahili.
Climbing Heights Beyond her Disability
Tv Host at Signs Tv
As a child, Audrey Chibole dreamt of becoming a journalist or an artist, and the dream of being a media personality almost never became a reality in 2015 when she lost her eyesight. In 2018, the dream came to reality when she was given a slot as a co-host on one of the weekly shows in Signs Tv called Black and White. Due to her impressive work, she earned promotion as a presenter hosting the “Through it All” show, which she did with all spirit and psyche until her untimely demise. In her show, she motivated, encouraged, and inspired persons with disabilities to look at the brighter side of life rather than focusing on the challenges they face due to their various disabilities. Signs Tv Fraternity will miss her singing, laughter and positivity towards life.
Audrey Chibole, commonly known as Audrianna to those who loved and listened to her music developed interest in Songwriting after high school. Her first song was Historia which she released in 2017, Mapenzi Yako came later even though the reception was not as good as she expected. This did not discourage or stop her from doing what she loved most – ‘singing’
“I knew I was gifted, and that is why I ventured into music. My music journey dates back to when I was in Class Six when I wrote my first song though it was never recorded. I continued with songwriting even when I joined high school,” Audrey recalls during one of her media interviews.
In 2018, Audrey featuring Angel Wanjiru (Malaika) released‘Niko Sawa’ which was a big hit. The song celebrates the physically challenged in the country and informs the entire world what persons with disabilities go through as well as reminding them that, they are okay.
Her daily motto has always been “do not let your disability limit what you can do, do it and put all your efforts to make it a success.”
The late Audrey, through her music and skills as a Tv host, inspired a lot of people both actively and passively. She made disability look normal despite all the challenges and rocks life threw her way. She remains a role model to all persons with disabilities especially youths and children who feel they cannot achieve what abled people can. Cancer has yet again claimed the life of one of the best in Kenya.
Signs Television prays for and mourns with the family and friends of the late Audrey Chibole Lizanda
Rest in Peace Audrianna.
By: Linzer Kibebe