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Colleagues, kin pay last respects to fallen K24 TV anchor Anjlee Ghadhvi: PHOTOS

Monday, January 13th, 2020 00:00 |
Anjlee Gadhvi’s husband Mohammed Noorani and Deepak Singh lead other pall-bearers during the funeral service in Nairobi on Saturday. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

Even in her last moments on earth, the late K24 TV news anchor Anjlee Ghadhvi Noorani never left behind her signature smile.

Sadly, the bubbly presenter passed on at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, after a long, but brave battle with cancer.

For her remembrance, her family has urged everyone to keep on smiling no matter the struggle one could be going through. Anjlee’s auntie Kalua Padia said despite her seven-year struggle with cancer, she remained happy and social.

“She was a happy person and this disguised her suffering. She went through a lot, but she has gone in peace and there is no more suffering,” she said.

Anjlee’s aunt Jyoti Ghumra consoles the grandmother Nirmala Padia during the funeral service. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

On her social media, the late Anjlee never showed a dull moment, instead, her demeanor of resilience remained conspicuous.

“I am so proud of my journey. God doesn’t put you through the storm so that you sit back and keep quiet... He puts you through it to so you rise! And understand your divine purpose!” read one of her Facebook posts.

Dedicated worker

Mediamax acting CEO Ken Ngaruiya eulogised Anjlee as vibrant and bubbly.

“Anjlee was a brave and courageous lady who touched so many hearts with her determination to raise awareness about cancer despite being affected herself. She was a highly valued colleague with a great positive attitude and desire to be of service to others even when she was unwell for a prolonged period of time,” he said, adding Anjlee’s dedication and commitment to the organisation was an integral part of its success.

Mediamax Network acting Chief Executive Officer Ken Ngaruiya mourns the departed colleague. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

Mediamax Head of TV and Digital Peter Opondo said his friend, the late Anjlee, had fought the cancer beast with all of her might.

“You did it for your kids, husband. Never lost hope. You also smiled through the pain and insisted on coming to work even at your weakest points,” he said.

Her colleague at Mediamax Eric Njoka said Anjlee touched many hearts with her determination to raise cancer awareness. “She never saw the cancer as a disease but a challenge,” he said.

Anjlee Gadhvi’s husband Mohammed Noorani (far left) and their daughters Zahabiya and Insiya Noorani at the Shiv Temple in Nairobi, yesterday. Photo/PD/ALEX MBURU

Final rituals

A funeral service was held at the Lohana Mahajan Mandal Temple in Nairobi on Saturday before her body was cremated at the Kariokor Hindu Crematorium. Yesterday, family and friends gathered at Shiv Temple in Nairobi for prayers, the last event in respect for the deceased.

‘People Daily’ acting Managing Editor Ken Bosire with TV presenter Mwanaisha Chidzuga at the Lohana Mahajan Mandal Temple. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

“The family will be mourning for the next 14 days from the day she died. After cremation, family usually goes home to bathe before going to the temple for the prayers, give offerings and to pray for doors to open for the departed,” said Kamal Sanghani, adding the prayers in Hindu signify the start of a new journey after life.

Anjlee was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and went public about it in 2015. In late 2016, the bubbly anchor announced that she was cancer-free after numerous treatment sessions.

She had undergone a successful liver transplant, but was later diagnosed with lung cancer and she was undergoing treatment in different hospitals until her demise. 

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