Peter Kenneth relates how Uhuru Interrupted Bob Collymore’s holiday

As the days pass we learn more and more about the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. What is becoming clear is that the man had a big heart and that most people who encountered him were normally spellbound by the man he was.

Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore smiling
Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore smiling

Yesterday on Jeff Koinange’s show, JKL Live, the boy’s club as they were known reminisced about their lives with him. That Boy’s club included former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth, Alykhan Satchu, Patrick Quarcoo, Bharat Thakrar, Nic Hailey, Joshua Oigara and Jeff Koinange himself.

The boys club
The boys club that included; Alykhan Satchu, Patrick Quarcoo, Peter Kenneth, Jeff Koinange, Bob Collymore, Bharat Thakrar, Nic Hailey. Joshua Oigara

Peter remembered how President Uhuru Kenyatta interrupted both of them during a trip they had taken to the coast. Peter recalled that Bob had picked him up in Nairobi and they both flew to Lamu on a helicopter that Bob himself was controlling.

When they landed they boarded a boat to take them around Manda Island and while they were sailing, Bob received a call that halted proceedings.

Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore on a boat together
Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore on a boat together

Peter told Jeff;

He goes to a corner of the boat, and he’s in this very tight conversation looking serious so I ask him what’s wrong with you we didn’t come here for phone calls and he says ‘Shhhhh’.

Peter went on to say that the conversation went on for 25 minutes more minutes with them unaware that Bob was speaking to the president during that whole time. He told Jeff;

So one day I’m going to tell President Uhuru he called Bob in my presence at that boat.

Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore smiling
Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore smiling

Despite Uhuru not being a member of Bob’s boys’ club the two clearly enjoyed a special friendship. Apparently, a day before the late CEO told his boy’s club about his impending demise to his friends Uhuru had visited Bob at his Kitisuru home where they spent time together.


Bob’s memorial will be conducted on Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi where President Uhuru is expected to attend and shed more light on his relationship with the departed corporate titan.

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Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui breaks her silence after his death


A mass for the late Safaricom CEO Bob Colymore will be held today Thursday at the All Saints Cathederal.

Safaricom will close all its shops countrywide to enable staff reflect on his life.

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

His wife Wambui has asked guests not to wear the traditional black color associated with funerals, and instead requested people wear bright and colorful clothes.


Wambui has broken her silence for the first time since his death on the 1st of July.

She took to social media to pen an emotional letter to Kenyans thanking them for supporting her.

I am overwhelmed by all the love and beautiful messages I have been receiving from you all here. It is a true testament to the character of the special man I was lucky to love. I can’t respond to all your messages but know that I have read and received your warmth. Thank you.

Bob Collymores best friends on Wednesday revealed that he asked them to take care of Wambui, as he knew he would be passing on soon.


The news was relayed on Citizen TV in an interview where his best friends Jeff Koinange, Patrick Quarcoo, Peter Kenneth and others confessed the sad news.

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Jeff Koinange reveals Bob Collymore’s Kikuyu nickname in glowing tribute

Jeff Koinange wrote an excellent tribute to his late friend Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. The glowing eulogy was written on the Star website.

He revealed the humourous nickname that he called him as Bob ‘Kihara’ Collymore. Why the name Kihara? Because Bob obviously had a bald dome and Kihara means bald head in Kikuyu.

Bob-Collymore smiling

Jeff said that he first met Bob in 2006 during one of his ‘Bench’ interviews and thought that he was one of Michael Joseph‘s foreign bodyguards. He said that Micheal who was then the CEO of Safaricom introduced the two, saying;

Jeff, meet Bob Collymore. He works for Vodacom down in South Africa and he’s here for a few days.

It was only a few weeks later when MJ introduced Bob as the new CEO much to Jeff’s shock. Jeff wrote that they instantly hit it off with Jeff admiring Bob’s humanity and humility.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

Jeff also described how Bob had purposed to fill in Michael’s shoes as CEO of Safaricom saying;

I can never wear Michel’s shoes. I’m going to wear my own shoes.

Jeff adds that he was able to but that fact didn’t change who he was to his inner circle, referring to him as Bob or Kihara or just plain BC.

Jeff added that Bob loved his Jazz Music and openly scowled at his love for Country Music (this, I’ll never know why) never failing to listen and more so speak his mind.

Jeff also reminisced that Bob was full of life when surrounded by children, always making time to listen to them no matter their ages. He also said that Bob was the ultimate people person taking a million selfies in the streets of many Capitals, always accommodating, always smiling.

Bob-Collymore smiling in his heyday

His last great speech that he gave his famous boy’s club was;

I’ve lived a great life, Gents. I’ve made mistakes but I rectified them. That’s what you guys have to do. Rectify your mistakes otherwise, you will have learnt nothing from life. Thanks for being there for me. You guys are my real friends.

The boys club
The boys club that included; Alykhan Satchu, Patrick Quarcoo, Peter Kenneth, Jeff Koinange, Bob Collymore, Bharat Thakrar, Nic Hailey, Joshua Oigara

Jeff finished off his beautiful ode to his intimate with;

That was my last memory of Kihara….. at his front door waving goodbye to us. It’s like he knew deep down inside that it was the last time we would see each other on this earth.

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‘I ran Safaricom from a hospital bed’ – Michael Joseph reveals battle with cancer

Michael Joseph is the interim CEO of Safaricom at the moment.

This comes after the death of Bob Collymore that happened on Monday this week after a long battle with cancer.

Collymore was cremated yesterday in a private ceremony at the Kariokor crematorium.

In an interview on K24, Michael Joseph revealed his own personal battle with cancer.


Michael explained how back in 2003 he had suffered from colon cancer but was lucky enough to get treatment and survive it.

He said the situation was so severe that at some point, he had to perform his managerial duties while on a hospital bed.

He said;

Not many people know that I am also a cancer survivor and that I was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 whilst the CEO of Safaricom. I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed, treated, operated on and now I am a cancer survivor

Did he have any plans for dealing with the cancer pandemic affecting the country? He hinted that those plans might be in the offing now especially after the death of Bob.

Michael Joseph speaking in a panel
Michael Joseph speaking in a panel

He said;

I don’t have any direct plans to do that (set up a cancer center) although they should probably know that Safaricom Foundation has spent a lot of money in the health field. I am sure in the memory of Bob (Collymore), we will do more now in terms of preventing and helping the treatment of cancer.

In a previous interview with a local daily, Joseph explained that he approved some critical company projects while bedridden.

It was a long drawn out affair and for some time, I ran Safaricom from a hospital bed. People would bring me advertisements to approve and all that and then they would be worried because I had tubes running all over my body.

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‘He was one hundred percent human’  Juliani honors Bob Collymore


When Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore walked down the aisle, only one artiste was on the guest list. That artiste was gospel rapper Juliani.

Collymore died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was then cremated at Kariokor yesterday.

His life has been celebrated by the who is who in the country, and his favourite artiste has now spoken out.

 juliani and collymore at wedding

“He was a hundred per cent human and a gentle giant,” Juliani told Word Is yesterday.

The two met years ago at a Safaricom event, and since then, their friendship blossomed. Many a time, the two have been photographed attending events together.

“The day we met, I talked to him in Kiswahili and I still believe that is what attracted him to me,” Juliani said.

He went on to say that Bob was way humbler than what people would expect and cared about people. “He was also concerned about the next move for Kenya as a country with his project Ghetto classics, and he knew each member,” he said.

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

The last time the two talked was on Friday, when they joked about a clip of white people taught how to dance because he always said he did not know how to dance.

“A thing we always laughed about. We made fun out of it,” Juliani said.

He said they were ready about his death because they were updated.

Bob also loved his family and he was a great family man. He wedded his long-time girlfriend Wambui Kamiru in a colourful ceremony in 2016, in a low key-wedding in Naivasha that was attended by close friends and family.

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According to Uhuru Kenyatta’s photographer, Michael Khateli, who was also the official photographer at Bob’s wedding, it was a happy feeling all over and generally, people were happy for him. All the guests congratulated him and his bride.

“At first, I felt very intimidated, but he made you feel like his equal, he would ask about my photography, about the camera I use, how business is, why I started doing photography, as he also did photography as a hobby,” he said.

Juliani was among those who attended his cremation ceremony in Kariokor.

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Find out the last customer Bob Collymore served before his death

Bob Collymore passed in the early hours of Monday morning, with many Kenyans mourning his demise.

Not since Kijana Wamalwa’s death had Kenyan’s collectively cried about the passing of someone so well-known and admired.

Stories are emerging about the impact the man had and the lives he touched while alive. One of those is about how the CEO of the biggest company in Kenya was still helping customers, even in his last days.


Collymore took pride in connecting with his customers and being responsive to their needs, taking feedback to improve on the services.

On Saturday, one Twitter user, Duncan Ng’enda, sought Bob’s help after having difficulty using the Safaricom network after making a switch from another network.

He got a response from Bob that was immediate with Mr. Collymore writing;

Sorry about this, it should not be your experience. Please give us a chance to fix it, you will not regret it. Can you DM your details to @Safaricom_Care.


Bob-Collymore smiling

That was not all he did that day, the CEO was still trying to make a change on a global level, signing a petition to demand the criminalisation of rape in Senegal, stating;

Together, we can put an end to gender-based violence.

The petition was floated online following the rape and murder of two women in Senegal, by artist and campaigner Black Queen.

Bob’s impact and legacy will be felt for many years to come with the changes he instituted on the company that he loved; that being the monolith Safaricom.

The late Bob Collymore
The late Bob Collymore

As Sun Tzu once said;

A leader leads by example and not by force.

A trait that Bob did remarkably well.

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RIP Bob Collymore: How he supported a mother friendly work space (A THREAD)


Many of us are envious of the employment conditions of the mothers working for Safaricom.

That’s because we frequently hear about the excellent conditions that allow new moms and older mums to enjoy working despite family obligations.

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

A female employee has shared a thread on Twitter on her thoughts about Bob Collymore and how he made mothers love working for the Telco.

The Twitter user by the name Nancy wrote:

Bob Collymore made motherhood bearable in Safaricom plc. He charmed mothers by introducing 4 months maternity leave, 6 months working halfday post maternity leave, 7am to 5.30pm daycare with qualified professional caregivers, fully equipped lactation rooms.


Bob Collymore allocated maternity leave after baby adoption, case by case he increased medical cover for children with special needs, baby friendly vaccines in the cover, great maternity cover for normal and CS deliveries…… e.t.c

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Her comments about the late Bob Collymore have left many in tears.

Here are comments from KOT reacting to her thread:
Makes the employees feel as part and parcel of the company but not money making machines for the investors. #RIPCollymore

waithera mwangi
I once saw a safaricom employee who was pregnant with a motherhood blouse. I was soo happy yaani!

Maureen A.M
Yes. The first and only maternity benefit of its kind in Kenya. The daycare facility being top notch. Fare thee well Bob

Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

Beutah Maroko M.
I love that , may he Rest In Peace .
Faith chepkoech korir
That was great…..
kerry Betty
Wow that was cool,I didn’t know that

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Photos of the late Bob Collymores family at the cremation ceremony

Grieving family members of the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore came together for the service to cremate the man many have described as an inspiration.

The ceremony is underway at the Kariokor cemetry where it is said the late Collymore is being interred.

The wife Wambui Kamiru was surrounded by friends who hugged and held her in a comforting way.

The Guyanese born British businessman continues to be eulogized on social media with celebrities, politicians and KOT describing how he impacted their lives.

Bob Collymores family

Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

The home of the late CEO was Monday heavily guarded as members of the public were asked to keep away while the family grieves.

Bob Collymores family grieving

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

Collymore died on the 1st of July 2019 at his home in Nairobi after battling cancer. He has died at age 61 and has left behind a wife and four children.

collymoe burial 4
Bob Collymore family at Kariokor

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Bob Collymore’s Whatsapp message to Eric Omondi about his [email protected] swim stunt video


Early this year a video of Eric Omondi went viral. KOT were unhappy with it because Eric was swimming in his birthday suit with small boys. Many commented that it was inappropriate and sent the wrong message.

Eric apologized and has now opened up about the consequences of his actions.

He has written it on the day that Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is being buried.


So on the 3rd day of March 2018 a video of me Swimming in River Turkwel in Turkana surfaced online and went viral. A few people found it funny, Majority were extremely offended. I apologized for the Video. A few corporates that were in line to Sponsor my inaugural Stadium tour which was in two weeks time were all over sudden not returning my calls.


At around 12:46 PM Bob Collymore sent me the text above. He then called me and asked me to see him in the morning, I did and after along conversation about so many things he stood up suddenly and Said “Eric I have a meeting, I will Sponsor the Stadium tour forward me the proposal NOW!” This came as a complete surprise since we barely discussed Sponsorship

Here is the private message Bob Collymore wrote to Eric Omondi after he apologized to Kenyans.


The letter Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui wrote defending her marriage to him



After their wedding, critics trolled Wambui, and she responded in a letter titled ‘A Letter To My Children’. She set the record straight about her relationship with Bob. In part, she wrote:

Bob-collymore-with his wife back in 2017

“My marriage to the man I love and respect had some interesting effects on the conversations on Twitter and Facebook (these may be obsolete by the time you are reading this).

10 things Bob Collymore taught wife Wambui when he was alive

“However, for a few days there, lots of Kenyans talked about ‘tribalism’, and some admitted their desire to leave and go to another country because of how unbearable it can be sometimes to live in a society where people first judge you by your ‘tribal’ origin. A lot of people refused to be part of the conversation, arguing that it should no longer matter. These people are the reason why we will still have a country to call home.”

Bob met Kamiru, the founder of The Art Space gallery in Nairobi, during a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011.

The two, who were both divorcees, lit social media with photos looking lovey-dovey, and they were branded couple of the decade.

Similarities between the lives of Bob Collymore and Steve Jobs

Wambui had twins from a previous marriage as well as Collymore. The CEO kept his private life under wraps, and he rarely talked about his blended family.

In March 2018, Bob’s son graduated from a UK university. Bob shared a photo of him accompanied by a warm message that read, “Guess whose son just received his 1st Class Honours degree in music from Martha Lane-Fox at a graduation ceremony at London’s Barbican. #ProudDad.”

Gloria Muliro pays tribute to the late Bob Collymore

The nation is still mourning Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who died yesterday. The Guyanese-born British-Kenyan businessman was not only a CEO but a man who touched the hearts of many.

He brought a great change to the music industry by giving local artistes a chance to showcase their talent through Twaweza, Safaricom Jazz and Safaricom Live.

Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

Many artistes have eulogised him, describing as a great man who mingled with anyone, despite his status.

King of Genge Jua Cali told the Star on phone, “Collymore has been very supportive of Kenyan music since he joined Safaricom. His journey, he has been with us all through. During Safaricom Live, he would travel to wherever the event was just to support us. His support was not just in the boardroom. He has been for the industry.”

He added, “I would like to send my condolences to his wife, kids, and the Safaricom fraternity. As a player in the industry, I’m hurt.”

He also empowered the youth through different programmes, such as Blaze, Ghetto Classics and M-Pesa Foundation Academy, which sponsored needy students.

Another project was Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Football Tournament, which aims to recruit young talent aged 16-20 years to play in a national tournament and showcase their talent.

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Bob was also a lover of art and he attended several art galleries, where people showcase paintings. He used to visit his wife’s art gallery, Art Space Gallery, along Riverside Drive, to support her.

Gospel artiste Gloria Muliro, who has worked with Safaricom for quite a while, told the Star, “I was so shocked when I learnt about his death. I will remember him as a man who was so down to earth.”

Adding, “The first time I ever came closer to him was two years and he was a humble person, easy going and he mingled with everyone he met. I pray that the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.”

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Similarities between the lives of Bob Collymore and Steve Jobs

Bob Collymore died today. The man was a once in a lifetime leader who made a name for himself in Kenya as the CEO of Safaricom.

One thing that I have seen that has emerged is that he and another industry great, American Steve Jobs had very similar storylines. Why?


Let’s take a look;

1. They both grew up in complicated family upbringings

Steve Jobs was born and put up for adoption by his mother meanwhile Bob was largely raised by his grandmother before later on going to live with his mother.

2. Both were powerful CEO’s of leading industry giants

Steve Jobs was the head of Silicon Valley technology company, Apple meanwhile Bob Collymore was the head of East Africa’s biggest company Safaricom.

3. Both revolutionised their respective companies 

Jobs took over a struggling Apple in 1997 and by the time of his death in 2011 had turned it into the most profitable tech company in the world.


Bob took over Safaricom in 2010 from the very successful Michael Joseph. His time at the helm was impressive with him multiplying the Telco’s profits exponentially.

4. The two CEO’s both died after suffering from rare forms of cancer

Jobs died at his Palo Alto, California, home around 3 p.m on October 5, 2011, due to complications from a relapse of his previously treated islet-cell pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, which resulted in respiratory arrest.

Bob died after a long battle Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. 

5. Both died at home with their respective families by their side

The two had tried to fight their respective cancers for some time before they both accepted their fate. They both died with their loving families around them.

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Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

Jeff Koinange was a great friend of Bob Collymore and as such had a view of him that many Kenyans were not privy to. Jeff, it transpires was with the Safaricom CEO on Saturday afternoon, two days before his untimely demise.

The multi-talented entertainer revealed this in an interview on Citizen T.V. He explained that on Saturday afternoon he had had to cut a lunch he was having with his mother and sister so he could to visit Bob.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange. The two were great friends.

Jeff said that Bob was prepared for his impending death, divulging that the doctors had told him he would be lucky to live past the month of July.

In the interview Jeff said;

We went to see him on Saturday at around 3 pm. We hang out with him, he was in a bit of pain, his spine was giving him some problem so he kept getting up and stretching his spine and then sitting back down.

Bob-Collymore smiling in his heyday

He continued about the inspiring outlook that the Safaricom CEO had saying that he was prepared for his impending death. Jeff said;

I’m telling you, he kept saying, ‘Look, I have lived a good life, I have some regrets. It is not a perfect life, nobody is perfect, but I’m ready now.’ That was two days ago.

Collymore-wedding with Jeff attending
Jeff attending Collymore’s wedding in a file photo

Jeff described his last moments with Bob, revealing an indomitable spirit that the great CEO possessed saying;

He was in great spirit. we hang out for at least a couple of hours. In fact, we were the ones who even told him, ‘Listen bob, you look like you are getting tired, we will leave you to rest’. he did not want us to leave.

Jeff said that Collymore escorted them to their cars, where he told Bob that he would see him later on in the week. Bob responded in the affirmative with the last words Jeff would hear his friend utter, ‘No problem.’

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Jeff Koinange interviewing Bob Collymore on his show

Jeff said that he later learnt that his friend was no more from Radio Africa CEO, Patrick Quarcoo.

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Bob Collymore to be buried tomorrow in private ceremony

Former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore will be buried on Tuesday in what is expected to be a private ceremony.

He died at his home on Monday morning after a battle with cancer.

Safaricom chairman Nicholas Nganga on Monday said he could not give a lot of details of the burial and called for time to give the family time to prepare.

Bob-Collymore-with his wife Wambui
Bob-Collymore-with his wife Wambui on their wedding day

He said the company was saddened by the news of Collymore’s demise, but added that the company is in good hands.

Nganga said Collymore was “ready and at peace in the two years he had been ill”.

“It’s been nine years since he joined Safaricom leading with a vision. Safaricom will honour him by completing work he was passionate about. It is sad but we have to live with the reality.”

He wanted to be a painter; 11 Facts about the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore

The board will give way forward later in the day.

Nganga said there will be a private meeting on the way forward on who will take over from Collymore.

He said Collymore’s ideas and vision would continue being carried out by the board.

In October 2017, Collymore went to the UK to receive treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and returned in July 2018 to resume duties.

Bob-Collymore smiling

Collymore, Vodafone CEO Nick Reed and Safaricom chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a were on Thursday scheduled to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

Born in 1958, Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman.

In 2006, he became the governance director for Africa at Vodafone and subsidiary Safaricom before assuming the CEO Position in 2010 in Kenya.

Beaming With Pride! Bob Collymore shows off his son for the first time

Previously, he worked in the UK, Japan, and South Africa in a number of senior executive roles in Marketing, Purchasing, Retail, Governance and Corporate Affairs.

He had more than 30 years of commercial experience working in senior executive roles in the telecommunications sector.

Safaricom on Monday changed the logo on its social media profile photos from green to grey to mourn Collymore.

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Maina Kageni remembers Bob Collymore in heartfelt post

Maina Kageni joined many Kenyans and celebs in remembering the late great Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore. He did so on his Instagram page.

maina kageni poses with white shirt
Maina Kageni poses with white shirt

He tribute was a quote from the late inspirational preacher Myles Monroe. It read;

There are CEO’s and there are Leaders of Men…. Bob led a team of brilliant visionaries and that’s where his strength lay…. for the advice, words of wisdom and for the opportunities, I say Asante… rest well, Bob… you ran your race, did it on your own terms and made a serious difference! “Success is nothing if you don’t have a successor” – Myles Munroe #RIPBobCollymore

The late Bob Collymore
The late Bob Collymore

He wasn’t alone in remembering the late CEO. Comedian Jalang’o also had a tribute for Bob on his Instagram page. It is below;

Grateful for the times I met you and the opportunities! Rest In Peace Bob.
Sad morning.

Others joined in, with some other tributes below;

massawejapanni; LIFE!😢
diamondplatnumz25; Safiri salama, msalimu Maulana Tutaonana baadayenyakaninib’s profile picture
nyakaninib; Rest in power Mr. Collymore
njeri4340; Feeling sad, may almighty God rest his soul in peace,will surely miss you.
wolf.kc; We celebrate his life. Wonderful, brilliant soul.
beatriceaoko2013; Rip Sir 😭😭
muu_kagendok; Safiri Salama. Rest with angels

Bob Collymore
Bob Collymore lounging in a file photo

millykathambi; So sad,rest in eternal perfect peace
dannkiamah; Shine on your way Sir Collymore…R.I.P
kasayaessy; Indeed Maina legends dont die, they rest with the angels
thomas_tomiso; Rest in peace Bob
winnie__km; Rip great man
mseeseleh; RIP Collymore, great leadership and passion for charity was exhibited in your times alive

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He wanted to be a painter – 11 Facts about the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore

Kenyans on Monday morning woke up to the sad news that Bob Collymore, the CEO of Kenya’s biggest telco company Safaricom, had died. The earth-shattering news caught many by surprise as it was thought that the CEO was on the road to recovery after his year long battle with cancer.


Many will want to know the facts behind the charismatic leader. They are below;

1. The late Bob was born in 1958 and was a Guyanese-born British man.

2. Bob Collymore’s official name was Robert William Collymore and he was raised by his grandmother.

Bob-Collymore-with his wife Wambui
Bob-Collymore-with his wife Wambui on their wedding day

3. His early school years were in Guyana before he emigrated to the United Kingdom where he lived with his mother.

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4. He started earning money when he was 12-years-old by selling art pieces from plasticine molds.

5. His first real job was as an office messenger when he was 16-years-old.

6. He did not attend University, something that would impact his hiring practices later on in life. Bob hired people based on their skills and competence rather than their University education.

7. Early on he wanted to become a painter, even selling paintings. His mother was unhappy with that choice of career, even threatening to evict him.  She then got him an interview at the telco she was working at. This was the foundation stone that would later guide him in building his impressive legacy.

Bob-Collymore smiling

8. The Safaricom boss would wake up at 5.15am every day.

9. He preferred Chinese and Indian food while disliking Kenyan food.

10. Two of his hobbies were flying helicopters and cycling.

11. He had been married three times.

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Jeff Koinange reveals startling fact about Bob Collymore’s death

Bob Collymore died today morning. The death came as a shock to most Kenyans but there are some who were privy to how bad the health issues the Safaricom CEO was dealing with.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore is dead

One of those is T.V host and anchor Jeff Konange. Jeff spoke today morning on Citizen T.V and revealed that he had seen the CEO on Saturday.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

Jeff told the host;

This past weekend actually. On Saturday me, my mother and my sister were having lunch. And I told them, listen give me an hour. I have to go see Bob. A group of us, it was about 5 of us, we had known that this was coming. Bob had informed us. So we knew that he wasn’t going to last very long.

He added;

He had been told by his doctors not to make any long term plans. In fact, he was told that if he makes it past July he will be lucky. He knew.

Collymore-wedding with Jeff attending
Collymore-wedding with Jeff attending

Before he died. Bob had been out of the country for 8 months. The Safaricom CEO’s absence was questioned but the company remained mum about what he was suffering from, only disclosing that he was seeking treatment in England.

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When he spoke to Jeff Koinange on JKL live in August last year he had told Jeff how he had found out that he had cancer. he told his friend Jeff;

I had been feeling unwell for some time. i was tired, sometimes my body temperature would be high but that would last for 24 hours then i would feel fine again but things did not improve. I was diagnosed with cancer. the doctors told me at the time that i had probably had it for about 6 months… I went to london and they told me i had acute myeloid leukemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

When he found out the diagnosis, Bob was quick to get back to Kenya and put systems in place for the long treatment that he would undergo, a time of between 6-9 months.

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Bob Collymore died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. What is it?

Bob Collymore died this morning after losing his fight with the medical condition, Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). What is it? It is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells that build up in the bone marrow and blood and interfere with normal blood cells.

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Leukemias are cancers that start in cells that would normally develop into different types of blood cells. Most often, leukemia starts in early forms of white blood cells, but some leukemias start in other blood cell types.

There are several types of leukemia, which are divided based mainly on whether the leukemia is acute (fast growing) or chronic (slower growing), and whether it starts in myeloid cells or lymphoid cells.


Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made), but most often it quickly moves into the blood, as well. It can sometimes spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles.

Most often, AML develops from cells that would turn into white blood cells (other than lymphocytes), but sometimes AML develops in other types of blood-forming cells. The different types of AML are discussed in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Subtypes and Prognostic Factors.

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The late Bob Collymore smiling

Symptoms may include feeling tired, shortness of breath, easy bruising and bleeding, and increased risk of infection. Occasionally, spread may occur to the brain, skin, or gums. As an acute leukemia, AML progresses rapidly and is typically fatal within weeks or months if left untreated.

Risk factors include smoking, previous chemotherapy or radiation therapy, myelodysplastic syndrome, and exposure to the chemical benzene.

The underlying mechanism involves replacement of normal bone marrow with leukemia cells, which results in a drop in red blood cells, platelets, and normal white blood cells. Diagnosis is generally based on bone marrow aspiration and specific blood tests. AML has several subtypes for which treatments and outcomes may vary.

AML typically is initially treated with chemotherapy, with the aim of inducing remission. People may then go on to receive additional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a stem cell transplant. The specific genetic mutations present within the cancer cells may guide therapy, as well as determine how long that person is likely to survive. Arsenic trioxide may be tried in cases that have recurred following usual treatments.

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In 2015, AML affected about one million people and resulted in 147,000 deaths globally. It most commonly occurs in older adults. Males are affected more often than females. AML is curable in about 35% of people under 60 years old and 10% over 60 years old. Older people whose health is too poor for intensive chemotherapy have a typical survival of 5–10 months.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has many other names, including acute myelocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, and acute non-lymphocytic leukemia.

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