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Cess Mutungi: Makosewe and I were a match made in heaven

Tributes and messages of condolences continue to pour in as Kenyans mourn the loss of former Capital FM presenter Grace Makosewe.

News of her death hit social media on Wednesday morning with many users expressing shock and disbelief at waking up to her sad and sudden passing.

“It’s a very sad morning for us at @CapitalFMKenya as we mourn the demise of our former @thejam984 presenter Grace @makosewe. #RIPMakosewe,” the station wrote on Twitter.

Makosewe was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday evening in Golf Course Phase II estate.

Her former colleague at Capital FM, Cess Mutungi, with whom she co-hosted The Jam show, said she knew the deceased way before she joined the radio station.

Mutungi described Makosewe as very generous, sensitive, kind and a person with a heart of gold.

“She would bring cupcakes to the office. There wasn’t going to be another combination like her and I. We were a match made in heaven. We enjoyed each other and just had a good time, we were kindred souls. She was life itself,” said Mutungi.

CAUSE OF DEATH

Going back memory lane, Mutungi recalls when she invited Makosewe to the office (studio) one day and together hosted the show.

“I don’t remember which year it was, but it I know it was a Thursday. Our boss thought we sounded great together and on Friday she officially reported to work,” she says.

While the cause of her death is still a mystery, people close to her say nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Digital media consultant Vincent Ochieng who worked with the former radio presenter reveals the last time he talked to her was a week ago.

“We were on the phone for literally one hour, we laughed! We had a conversation about work and clients, and on which direction she would take with her career,” he said.

Ochieng says Makosewe lived up to the meaning of her name.

“She exuded elegance, poise and finesse. I’m just broken,” he said taking a long sigh, “She was full of life, whenever you said lights, camera, action she would just go… there was never a dull moment with her. You need such people in your life to boost you up.”

TRIBUTES

Makosewe left Capital and joined Kisumu-based station Urban Radio in 2014.

According to the station’s content controller Daniel Ominde, Makosewe was daring and never afraid to take risk.

“She was really fun, caring and bold. She was one of those people who had good reasons for breaking the rules. She did things that were completely out of what was set for her and it would always work out and end up engaging the audience,” said Ominde.

Ominde further says that after leaving Urban Radio in 2015, Makosewe went to Tanzania to work for another station in Arusha.

“Her mother is in Tanzania but she is coming to Kenya,” said Mutungi. “However we have to wait for the family to first find out what caused her death before we share any information.”

Other celebrities who joined in paying tribute to her include Capital FM’s and media personality Susan Wong who tweeted:

“We shall miss you Grace @Makosewe! Celebrating you today and every day! You were a blaze of colour!”

Kiss 100 FM’s radio host Adelle Onyango also tweeted: “A beautiful soul has departed but the memories shall never fade.”