VIDEO: Faya Mama Njambi Koikai Dies After Long Battle with Endometriosis

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By Dr Cate

Njambi Koikai, affectionately known as Faya Mama, has passed away after a prolonged struggle with endometriosis. Her death has brought immense sorrow to fans, friends, and family who admired her strength, resilience, and unyielding advocacy for women’s health.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful medical condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, known as the endometrium, grows outside the uterus.

This misplaced tissue can be found on various organs within the pelvic cavity, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the outer surface of the uterus, and other pelvic structures. In some cases, it can also spread beyond the pelvic region.


The symptoms of endometriosis can vary widely but commonly include:

  • Pelvic Pain: Often associated with menstrual periods but can also occur between cycles. The pain is typically more intense than usual menstrual cramps.
  • Menstrual Irregularities: Heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).
  • Pain During Intercourse: Pain during or after sex is common.
  • Pain with Bowel Movements or Urination: Usually experienced during menstrual periods.
  • Infertility: Endometriosis can be found in 20-40% of women who are infertile.
  • Other Symptoms: include fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and nausea, especially during menstrual periods.


There is no cure for endometriosis, but treatments aim to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Options include:

  • Pain Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers like NSAIDs (ibuprofen).
  • Hormonal Therapy: Birth control pills, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists, progestin therapy, and others to reduce or eliminate menstruation.
  • Surgical Treatment: Laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial implants and scar tissue.
  • Lifestyle and Home Remedies: Regular exercise, heat application (heating pads), and dietary changes to manage pain and symptoms.

A Journey Marked by Resilience

Njambi Koikai, a celebrated media personality, reggae aficionado, and endometriosis warrior, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. Known for her vibrant spirit and tenacity, Koikai publicly battled endometriosis, a chronic condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing severe pain and complications.

Njambi Koikai’s journey with endometriosis was a testament to her unyielding resilience. She was diagnosed with the condition in her teenage years and endured numerous surgeries and treatments over the years.

Despite the debilitating pain and health challenges, she remained a beacon of hope and inspiration for many women suffering from the same condition.

Advocacy and Awareness

Faya Mama used her platform to raise awareness about endometriosis, a condition that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

Through social media, public speaking engagements, and her involvement in various campaigns, Koikai highlighted the importance of early diagnosis, treatment options, and the need for greater research and support for women with endometriosis.

Her advocacy extended beyond just raising awareness. Koikai tirelessly worked to break the stigma surrounding reproductive health issues, encouraging women to speak openly about their struggles and seek medical help.

She was a vocal advocate for better healthcare policies and support systems for women in Kenya and beyond.

A Legacy of Inspiration

Njambi Koikai’s impact on the world extends far beyond her battle with endometriosis. As a media personality, she captivated audiences with her passion for reggae music and her dynamic presence on radio and television.

Her nickname, Faya Mama, reflected her fiery spirit and dedication to promoting reggae culture in Kenya.

Her resilience in the face of adversity inspired many. Koikai’s journey was not just about her fight against endometriosis but also about her ability to find joy and purpose amidst the pain.

Njambi Koikai demonstrated that it was possible to live a full and meaningful life, even when faced with significant health challenges.

A Call to Action

Koikai’s death has sparked renewed conversations about endometriosis and the need for increased awareness, research, and support for those affected by the condition.

Her legacy serves as a call to action for healthcare providers, policymakers, and communities to prioritize women’s health and ensure that no woman suffers in silence.

Remembering Faya Mama

Njambi Koikai’s life was a blend of passion, advocacy, and resilience. She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and motivate many to fight for better healthcare and support for women.

As the world mourns the loss of Faya Mama, her contributions to the fight against endometriosis and her vibrant spirit will forever be remembered.

In the words of Faya Mama herself, “We must fight for our health, our rights, and our lives with everything we have.” Her fight is over, but the movement she ignited continues, fueled by her memory and the countless lives she touched.

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