The passing of YouTuber, Zibo Bantsi, has sent shockwaves throughout Botswana, as many who followed her journey through pregnancy, did not anticipate that she would not be here to raise her daughter. The media personality passed away on Thursday, 1 October 2020 after succumbing to the fatal complications experienced after child birth.
Zibo was honoured at a memorial service held today, 8 October 2020 which saw her closest friends and family joining together to pay tribute to the social media star. The 3-hour long service was shared live on Facebook where over one hundred thousand people watched the live steam. Messages of condolences flooded in throughout the broadcast, with many left in tears as they watched her friends and family look back on memories with her.
The Bantsi family honoured her partner, Frost Legato, who is the father of her new born baby, Azha Nthati Bantsi, and acknowledged the pain that both him and her mother, Sami Bantsi were experiencing. Whilst both Frost and Sami were unable to muster up the strength to speak at the memorial, Zibo’s mom asked for a special message to be read out aloud.
It stated, “I love that she is my child. How loving she is. How kind and considerate she is. How funny she is. She is stronger than she knows and she is beautiful. Her smile radiates. She is respectful even though she gives me attitude here and there and she is very appreciative. This child always shows gratitude. She is understanding, knows who she is and where she comes from – a strong sense of self. “
During the service, emotional videos were played which looked back on the life of Zibo with her closest circle of friends and family. In one of the videos, it was revealed that Zibo was afforded the opportunity of meeting and spending time with her baby girl before her passing. The gut-wrenching video saw Zibo speaking to her Azha as she cooed and looked in adoration at her mother.
The Bantsi family also shared a message to Zibo’s Instagram page, stating that Zibo will be laid to rest on Friday, 9 October 2020, however it will be kept private. They stated, “The family would like to ask for privacy at this moment, but we do understand she shared her life with the public, however, we will not be streaming the funeral on Friday. Thank you for you continued thoughts and prayers.”
Watch the live memorial service on the Zibo Bantsi Memorial Facebook page.
Picture credit: Instagram