In Summary
  • After completing high school Nyambura moved to study Food Production and Catering. A course that help her secure a job in a Nyeri hotel.
  • Sarah Nyambura, 35, developed a passion in human anatomy after visiting a morgue to collect the body of a close cousin.
  • Even with criticism coming from all corners, Ms Nyambura focused on completing her education “I just had to accomplish my dreams,” she said.
  • “She is generally passionate about what she does. Her fascination with the dead always see her work beyond required timelines,” John Maina, Nyambura's colleague.
  • Apart from her normal duties, Nyambura offers free counselling to the bereaved. She talks to them and mourn with the families.

She once loved to cook and came up with different recipes, but now, spending the day with corpses is what puts food on her table.

Sarah Nyambura, 35, developed a passion in human anatomy after visiting a mortuary to collect the body of a close cousin.

She was born in Thunguma village, Nyeri County but while she was still at a tender age, both her parents died, leaving her siblings in her hands.

“Life was challenging and we were forced to learn to do house chores on our own. Being the elder girl, I took over and cooking for my siblings became part of me,” said Nyambura.

After completing high school, Nyambura studied food production and catering, a course that helped her secure a job in a Nyeri hotel.

DREAM COME TRUE

“It was like a dream come true. I worked passionately and held the job so close to my heart although I wasn’t earning much,” she recalled.

But things changed when she lost her cousin who had been sick for a while.

“Family members paid me a visit when I was at work and requested that I accompany them to view the body. I was completely put off upon seeing how awful the body looked like. It had been left on the floor and the whole mortuary was just a mess,” narrated Ms Nyambura.

She said that when she looked at how bodies had been badly preserved with some rotting on the floor, she quickly thought of correcting the situation.

But Nyambura’s thoughts on a change of career did not give her peace of mind and even when she was expected to do her best to keep the catering job, she never felt settled.

ANOTHER COURSE

Her salary was not enough to help her pursue another courses but a good Samaritan she met helped her and later became her fiancé.

She studied mortuary science at the Chiromo Mortuary which is run by the University of Nairobi’s School of Human Anatomy.

And despite criticism coming from all corners, Ms Nyambura focused on completing her education.

“I just had to accomplish my dreams,” she said.

Upon completion of her studies, Nyambura got a job as a mortician at Chiromo Mortuary where she worked for one year before shifting to Nakuru Level Five Hospital mortuary where she has now worked for five years.

She says she will not be leaving the job anytime soon.

COURAGEOUS MORTICIAN

Being the only female mortician, her male colleagues admire her courage.

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