Former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) veteran radio presenter and announcer Gladys Adisa Erude has passed on.
According to her son Victor, the ebullient announcer on Idhaa ya Taifa now known as Radio Taifa died Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer and a heart condition.
He said his mother, died in Kenya at her Nairobi house at 6:15 am just two weeks after returning from the US where she was receiving treatment at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
She breathed her last in the presence of her three sons Victor, Silvester and Maxwell who had accompanied her back to Kenya.
“She had three items to check off her bucket list before she died, visit her country home her mother’s grave, and her last remaining sister. These three things were all accomplished upon her return to Kenya and her passing away” Victor told KBC Digital.
The celebrated broadcaster was born in Tigoi in Western Kenya 70 years ago.
Gladys Erude completed her formative years in education, which included Lugulu girls High School and later trained at KU College as a teacher.
The late Erude later taught at Tigoi High School before ending up at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi in 1975, thereafter joined the Voice of Kenya (VOK) now Kenya Broadcasting Corporation where she worked for almost three decades before retiring in 2001.
Over the course of her career, she has traveled the world, including stays in the Netherlands, Germany, China, Mauritius, and several other countries.
Since she retired, Gladys split her time between her farm home in Nandi, Kenya, and visits her children and grandchildren in the United States.
She was a devout Christian and loved to teach about family and women issues whenever she gets the chance.
Erude who lost her husband when she was 24 years was vocal about women issues and in particular widow inheritance after she fought attempts to be inherited according to customs.
Besides being a continuity announcer, Erude produced several radio programmes namely ‘Kina Mama’ articulating issues affecting women, Baraka Za Bwana, a religious show and health commercials.
She also authored a book Who Teaches a Flower to Bloom? an inspiring memoir that is available on amazon.
Gladys Erude will be laid to rest at her home in Nandi, Rift Valley next Saturday, August 14th at 10am. The venue of a planned memorial service to be held next Thursday will be announced later.
She leaves behind six sons, four in the United States and two in Kenya.