It is Maureen Nyar Awendo who has died, and not Ohangla musician Lady Maureen

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 23 Jun, 2020 08:57 | 2 mins read
Veteran Ohangla musician Lady Maureen. [PHOTO | FILE]
Veteran Ohangla musician Lady Maureen. [PHOTO | FILE]
Veteran Ohangla musician Lady Maureen. [PHOTO | FILE]

By Dolphas Ochola in Migori County

Veteran Ohangla musician Lady Maureen is alive, her mother Margaret Akinyi Onyango has told K24 Digital.

Ms Onyango says her daughter, who has been ailing for months now, is receiving treatment at a Tanzanian hospital.

A Kenyan blog had inaccurately reported that Lady Maureen, whose real name is Maureen Achieng, died in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Ms Onyango says the artiste’s vocalist known as Maureen Nyar Awendo is the one who died early Tuesday (June 23), and not her daughter.

“Maureen Nyar Awendo was receiving treatment at the hospital where my child is admitted. She (the deceased) was a member of my daughter’s band. May her soul rest in peace,” said Ms Onyango.

In January this year, Lady Maureen gave an update on her health condition, allaying fears -- at the time -- that she was in critical condition.

Lady Maureen was -- at the time -- admitted at Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital in Migori County.

She said she was diagnosed with a severe stomach infection, and had been in hospital since January 23.

“I am ailing, but not dead. I was told that I would, most likely, be discharged from hospital in the next five days,” Lady Maureen told K24 Digital on January 30.

“I have heard a section of people reporting that I am dead. It hurts me to learn that there are people who wish I was dead. Nonetheless, what I am sure about is that I will walk out of this hospital in good health,” she added. The musician said due to her hospitalisation, her four children bore the brunt of her absence.

“I have been forced to beg so that my children can eat,” she said, adding: “Begging is a relatively new phenomenon to me; so, I am finding a lot of difficulty in doing so.”

The 36-year-old said after being discharged from hospital, she was going to produce a gospel song.

Lady Maureen’s mother, Margaret Akinyi Onyango, -- at the time -- told K24 Digital that it broke her heart to see her daughter in poor health, but she [Akinyi] was optimistic that Lady Maureen will emerge triumphant in her battle against disease.

The charge nurse at Pastor Machage Memorial Hospital, Alfred Otieno, told K24 Digital then that Lady Maureen had received two pints of blood, and was responding well to treatment.

Following her discharge from the Migori hospital, Lady Maureen was taken ill again, leading to her admission to the Tanzanian health facility.

“She is responding well to treatment,” her mother said.

(Additional reporting by Brian Okoth)

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