In Summary

  • Celebrated media personality Janet Mbugua reveals why this year’s Valentine’s day will not be the same for her.
  • Janet has announced a vigil dubbed ‘Dark Valentine’ in memory of the women gruesomely murdered through Femicide.
  • The event will take place at the University of Nairobi (UoN) main campus on Wednesday February 14, from 4 pm to 7 pm.

As everyone else is looking forward to this year’s Valentines day, media personality Janet Mbugua has expressed that to her it will not be any other normal day since the fight against Femicide still continues.

Janet has announced that she will be attending a dark vigil on Valentine’s day in honour of women who have succumbed to Femicide.

“It might be Valentine’s Day week, but there’s a darkness that hovers. This is because many who we should be celebrating love with, are instead being grieved,” partly reads her Instagram post.

The renowned journalist also has vowed to be present at the vigil, a thing she says she hopes will  exert pressure on Parliament and County Assemblies to meet a set of demands on a petition to curb Femicide.

Read Also: The ‘Invisible Victims’’ Of Femicide

“On Wednesday the 14th of February, there will be a Dark Valentine vigil taking place at the University of Nairobi Main Campus from 4PM to 7PM, as a vigil and memorial to our lost sisters as well as to put pressure on Parliament and County Assemblies opening on the 13th of Feb 2024 to read and act on our demands to our delivered petition.”

More vigils are also set to be held with more information on them to be shared soon.

Media personality Janet Mbugua holding a candle PHOTO/COURTESY


“Locations for other similar vigils will be updated soon so please keep a look out. Please share widely and come if you can. Bring your friends, partners, family.”

Read Also: Activists, Women Protest in Towns Against Femicides

“Ahead of the national vigil, if you are able to, please send some items to support those who will be participating. Items include: candles, water, flowers, handkerchiefs. Send them to Shem Plaza, Lusaka Rd, 5th floor. Contact 0740616551 for more information.”

The Dark Valentine vigil comes a fortnight after the peaceful demonstrations were held all over the country to condemn Femicide.

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