‘He always asked me to love him as he was, and I loved him with all his faults,’ Brian Chira’s grandmother

TikTok sensation Brian Chira was laid to rest on March 26th, in the serene setting of his grandmother’s ancestral home in Githunguri, Kiambu County. At the tender age of 23, his vibrant life was tragically cut short in a hit-and-run accident on March 16th, leaving behind a legacy etched in creativity and compassion.

During the somber ceremony, Esther Njeri, affectionately referred to as Chira’s grandmother, tenderly shared poignant memories of the young man whose presence had profoundly touched many lives. Reflecting on their bond that had flourished since childhood, Njeri spoke of the immense void Brian’s departure had left in their hearts. She expressed her hope for another grandchild to inherit his strength and vitality, emphasizing how Brian had always urged her to accept him with all his imperfections, a sentiment reciprocated with unconditional love.

Brian’s life took an unexpected turn at the tender age of eight when he tragically lost his mother. Yet, amidst the turmoil, he found solace and unwavering support in the loving care of his grandmother. Njeri fondly reminisced about their inseparable bond, describing Brian not only as her grandson but also as her closest confidant and ally. She extolled his selflessness, highlighting his unwavering dedication to the welfare of their family. Despite grappling with his own adversities, Brian displayed remarkable resilience, even sacrificing his academic pursuits by relinquishing his university studies to provide for his cousins.

In a poignant conclusion to her tribute, Njeri offered a heartfelt prayer for Brian’s eternal peace, underscoring his tireless efforts in caring for his family. She expressed profound grief over the loss of her beloved grandson, affirming her enduring love for him, spanning from the moment he entered her life to his final breath.

Brian’s impact transcended beyond his familial bonds; he was an active participant in various church activities, notably in Sunday School and the Boys and Girls Brigade. Throughout his academic journey, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the Christian Union, leaving behind a legacy of faith and service that will be cherished by all who knew him.