The entertainment and music industry is still stunned by the loss of an iconic personality of Big Kev’s stature.
The star was buried on August 5 at his home in Gem, Kisumu.
Losing Big Kev left a tremendous vacum in the hearts of many.
Many of his pals wrote powerful messages that brings tears to your eyes when you read how he inspired their lives. One of them is Vincent Ogutu.
Vincent, in a tribute to Big Kev wrote, “My two most touching moments were:
1. When Kev’s dad officially adopted some of Kev’s highly supportive friends as sons and daughters of our family. We are so proud to welcome these new family members who are from across the tribal divide. I was so happy to address Esther Wahome of Kuna Dawa fame as my sister right after the ceremony. Also joining her are Big Ted Kwaka, Emmanuel Mwongela of Recapp, Judy Mbotella, Pastor Ondachi, Lucy Njeri, James Ngugi, Rosa Nduati, Zuhura Ogada, Somoina Kimojino all of whom we’re very grateful to and so proud to welcome to our family.
2. The reason Kev fought so hard and for so long, never giving up to the last, was because he really wanted to live to walk his daughter Shana to the altar someday. Kev’s friends who belong to the group he co-founded called Muscles were present at the funeral. They are men who like to keep it real, who recognize that they are flawed but believe they can still be great Christians despite their weaknesses. They are now 200 strong. They all pledged to attend Shana’s wedding on Kev’s behalf, whenever that will be, maybe 15 years from now since she’s only about 11, bringing along possibly the several hundred or thousand more members they’ll have by then. I hope to be alive to attend that moving ceremony and to join them in honoring Kev’s wish on that day. No girl will ever have been accompanied to the altar by such a huge band of earnest men.
Kev was a true Kenyan, even managed Martha Karua’s campaign at some point just to show you how tribal-blind he was. Let’s all honor him tomorrow and during this election period in Kenya by never stereotyping or engaging in badmouthing our brethren from other tribes. We are one! 👊”
His wife, Tracy and daughter, Shana also gave moving eulogies that paid credence to the kind of man Big Kev was.
Tracy said, “We just seemed to have a lot to say to each other and that set the tone for our marriage. The most amazing thing about our communication was that we found a way to express ourselves with the strong personalities that we both are. Talking for hours was our thing, diverse subjects and opinions. We took long walks – we maintained those over the years and really enjoyed time with each other this way. We had a way we show things, that really tickled us… and we would have good laughs about them…”
Kev’s daughter revealed, “The last thing I would live to share is a memory, when I was younger I didn’t know what was going on, when his hand started shaking I tried to stop it, but it didn’t stop. every time my dad went into surgery, he would think of the cross, to make him at peace. That gives me comfort and release knowing god is with us at all times.”