Popular Citizen TV‘s Swahili newscaster Kanze Dena has for the first time narrated about her first pregnancy and how she lost her daughter.
The top anchor reveals that she was once a dishwasher and rose through the ranks to a waitress in a popular Nairobi restaurant, Dena really has come from far.
Talking to comedy king Jalang’o and Jeff Koinange on Hot 96 FM‘s Jeff and Jalas morning show, the screen siren narrated how it all begun.
She goes on to add the she hid the pregnancy from her mum and dad for the whole nine months.
“My mum was very strict. I was working as a waitress, nilikua nimetoka High School. Sikuanimeingia college, I got pregnant and I really carried that pregnancy in secret. The reason why sikua nimeenda college is because my mum wanted me to do journalism but I wanted to be a nurse.” She said.
“I wanted to give my baby up for adoption, nilikua nimeogopa, nilikua najua sizepeleka huyu mtoi home, my mum will kill me…hiyo siku ya kwenda kuzaa nilienda home, nikuwa huko I broke my waters…nikaambia my grandmother wacheni niende nikafue.”
Dena has since birthed a son and ditched the hospitality profession for one in the media where she has flourished.
In the journalist’s own words, she clandestinely planned everything from going to deliver to giving her daughter up for adoption.
“I dashed very fast, nikanunua towels, we went to Pumwani. Nikapush nikasikia mtoto wangu amelia na nikapewa mtoto wangu.when you are giving your child for adoption hufai kusikia akilia na hufai kumuona.
For a moment niliona dunia imejizima. My mum’s eyes were red, akaniuliza, mimi ni mtu mbaya aje huwezi kuniambia.they went and bought clothes for me and my baby.I didn’t even say anything, I just went.
Nikafanya exams nikamaliza, nikajaribu kusakanya job….kuna siku niliamka nikaambiwa I need to go home. I saw many people in the compound, I see my mum and she just breaks down, I see tasha lying on the bed and she died with a smile. She had died the night before they were to travel to come to Nairobi.” She said.
Dena and her family have never known what exactly killed her three-month-old daughter as a postmortem was not done on it. She would have been 26 years old today.