Patricia Miswa, the founder and executive director of ‘AfroElle’ magazine, has died.
She was 32 years old.
According to information reaching AW magazine, Miswa, who was in the US to pursue a masters degree at Minnessota State University, Mankatto, was found dead in her room on January 4, 2018.
It’s not yet clear what caused her death but friends say chest problems might be the cause. Her close friend, Doreen Doreen Sélly, has shared that Miswa’s parents have asked for help to fly the body back.
Taking to Facebook, Selly said:
“Friends, it’s been a sad day for me after learning of the passing of my childhood friend Patricia Miswa. I never thought I’d ever type a RIP for a dear close friend.
She passed away yesterday at a tender age of 32 in Mankato, MN here in the US where she was pursuing her masters degree.
The family wishes to have Patricia buried in Kenya. The cost of having her flown back to Kenya extortionate.
Help Patricia’s family with the funeral arrangements whichever way you can 🙏
No amount is too small. $1,5,10,100 anything so they can send the body home for proper send off.
– PAYING WITH A CARD- http://bit.ly/2CX8VeL
– CASHAPP- $doreenselly reference Patricia Miswa
– MPESA- Any Mpesa contributions shall be directed to +254 725764389 the name shall be Josephine Achieng’ Miswa.”
Born in born in Molo, Miswa was ushered into the limelight after launching her online Magazine which focus on celebrating women of African heritage. The magazine discussed substantial issues like violence against women, agriculture and food security, the effects of war on women and children.
“This sudden loss has devastated the family and close friends and even though we can offer support both emotionally and physically I feel there is more we can do to help,” said Selly.
“It is the family’s wish to have Patricia buried on a family grave plot in Kenya. The cost of having her flown back to Kenya and buried are extortionate.”
AfroElle magazine has featured more than 800 stories on women in Africa and the Diaspora, providing an international platform to showcase their work.