Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman

Last words of former YEDF Chairman Bruce Odhiambo before his death

Former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Bruce Odhiambo is dead.

He died on Tuesday morning at the Nairobi Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

He has had a long battle with cardiac ailments.

In 2018 October, Odhiambo went to India to replace his pacemaker that had been implanted under the skin to help manage irregular heartbeats.

He returned to Kenya in November, but his body developed more complications that led to his admission to hospital.

Bruce Odhiambo
Bruce Odhiambo

Prior to his death he had shared a post on how life is meant to have ups and downs , but we have to remain strong

“Life is meant to be lived. Sometimes happy other times rough but with every up and down you learn lessons that make you STRONG.”

Going by the post, he did indeed fight for his life but as they say God only picks the best among his flowers.

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Former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Bruce Odhiambo enjoying a photo moment with a friend
Former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Bruce Odhiambo enjoying a photo moment with a friend

Bruce was known for his music production skills under his company Johari Cleff. Also due to his close friendship with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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He was gazetted as the Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman before he resigned in 2016.

A detailed post by his friends narrated the inner battle he had been dealing with

“Our friend Bruce Odhiambo has been unwell since October when he went to India for replacement of the pacemaker and he developed lots of complications after he returned in November.

The body reacted to the new medication he was given and he got blisters on his hands and legs which became septic.

Bruce Odhiambo cutting the tape at the Riara University Journalism training facility.
Bruce Odhiambo cutting the tape at the Riara University Journalism training facility.

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On Christmas day, his blood pressure went too low so he had to be rushed to the ICU and he was also kept in seclusion for the wounds to be treated well.

His BP has never stabilised thus really affected the functioning of the pacemaker and they couldn’t do dialysis coz his heart was quite weak.

On Saturday morning 4am, he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and he had to be put on full life support.

His family had to be called in for counseling and prayers too but this morning, his BP fell further to a low of 54 and the family was called in again.”

The post further reads

“As I write this, it’s risen again marginally to 112 and we hope it will stabilise…He’s really put up a good fight so please let’s keep praying for his recovery…today (January 7), he is still in a bad state and the BP is down again (44). The only thing that’s keeping even the nurses hopeful is the fact that he’s still conscious and they’ve given him everything to the maximum till they can’t go beyond the current limits. We keep praying.”

But he breathed his last at midnight that night.

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