Popular TV and radio personality Nancy “Chihi” Muinjo lost her battle to breast cancer this morning at Paramount Private Hospital in Windhoek.
Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration’s Public Relations Officer, Salome Kambala, confirmed to The Villager Newspaper that Muinjo was no more.
“We were informed that she (Muinjo) passed on this morning. I’m waiting to see the Minister so that she can give us directives on what to do for her,” Kambala said.
She was diagnosed with cancer and as part of her treatment had to have one of her breasts removed.
Muinjo’s cancer had been in remission for a while until in early 2013. At the time she posted a message on her Facebook profile notifying her friends. The post read “I would like to let my friends, family and the public at large know that my cancer is back and it has spread to my spinal cord.
“It is a stage 4 cancer and the doctors are doing everything in their power to treat. Dr Kamati picked it and I’m lucky it has missed the vital organs such as the liver, the heart, etc. I’d like to thank Dr James, Dr Zietaman, Mee Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, my friends and family for fighting this battle with me.”
Chichi as she was affectionately known, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies Degree from the University of Namibia (UNAM) and worked in the media industry before moving on to become Pendukeni Ivula-Ithana, the Minister of Home Affairs’ personal assistant.
She was very vocal about her battle with cancer, helping to raise awareness on the illness until she died.
Apart from cancer awareness, she was also involved in various other projects such as the For the Cause which was aimed at aiming the spotlight on abuse and lack of appreciation of the Namibian woman, while creating an open dialogue related to those issues.
She will be sorely missed.