Striking similarities between the life of Bob Collymore and Ken Okoth

Kenyans are still coming to terms with the death of Kibra member of parliament Ken Okoth after he passed away while in ICU at Nairobi Hospital.

Something worth noting however is the similarities between his life and battle with cancer and that of the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

1.Both had been misdiagnosed.

For over a year, Ken OKoth presented symptoms of ulcers, at times bacterial infections and that is what he was being treated for.

He was even put on drugs to manage stress. Okoth says that all that time, he was battling abdominal pain and weight loss.

Bob Collymore had also been misdiagnosed of having Vitamin D Deficiency before travelling abroad where he was correctly diagnosed with stage four Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

2.Their cancers were diagnosed at the last stage

Both their cancers were diagnosed at stage four.

3.Both their wives stayed with them in hospital through out their treatment.

Both Bob’s and Ken’s wife traveled with their late husband’s for treatment abroad.

They left everything behind to support the men they loved .

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 4.Both died back at home.

Despite Bob Collymore having gone to seek treatment abroad he breathed his last in Kenya ,a country he had called home for more than a decade.

The same applies for Kibra MP Ken Okoth,Despite having traveled to Europe  to seek treatment he passed away at the Nairobi Hospital ICU.

5.Both were married to ‘foreigners’

Bob Collymore was born and raised in Guyana and was married to Wambui Kabiru a Kenyan woman.

Ken Okoth was on the other hand a Kenyan man who met and fell in love with a European woman named Monicah.

She has been by him all this while.

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Cancer warriors: Prominent Kenyans diagnosed with cancer (List)

Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.

Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer

1 .Chris Kirubi

City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:

“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”

Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.

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2. Bob Collymore

Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”

 

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3. Kenneth Okoth

Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.

God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

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4.Nderitu Gachagua

Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

5. Big Kev

Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.

Sadly he lost the battle  almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .

He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.

Big Kev

6. Anyang Nyongo

In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.

“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.

The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

He adds

“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.

When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”

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Here are some of the lessons every Kenyan should learn from Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore is living proof that hard work pays. Being the CEO of the leading Mobile telecommunications company in Kenya, Collymore, who earns Sh10 million per month, lives a private, simple and classic life.

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Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore Finally Ties The Knot (Photos)

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore walked down the aisle to say ‘I do’ to the love of his life, Wambui Kamiru this weekend.

The elegant wedding was an invite-only affair that saw the who’s who attend it like media personalities Jeff Koinange and Caroline Mutoko and Radio Africa’s CEO Patrick Quarco, amongst others.

Wambui Kamiru is an artist and an art enthusiast, who’s the founder of The Art Space, an independent visual art space that comprises of a commercial gallery and alternative show spaces, located at Riverside.

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Accumulated talk-time, data, SMSs will not be lost, Safaricom now says

Safaricom has clarified that subscribers on the Karibu PostPay tariff with accumulated talk-time, data bundles and text messages will not lose them once the validity period takes effect on May 1, 2015.

General Manager for Consumer Business Sylvia Mulinge said that current subscribers with accumulated resources will not be subject to the validity period until they finish their extras.

“However, beginning May 1, 2015, all resources purchased under the Karibu PostPay Tariff will be subject to the existing terms and conditions which state that any unused minutes, SMS or data on the subscribers chosen Price Plan bundle will expire at the end of each month and will not be rolled over into the next month,” Mulinge said.

An earlier announcement by the service provider that subscribers will lose all accumulated resources caused a stir online with users decrying the loss of minutes, data bundles and text messages.

In May 2014, Safaricom had announced plans to terminate the Karibu PostPay tariff with over 140,000 users on May 26 this year owing to lack of profits in maintaining the service.

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Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

Safaricom customers will now enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, SMS and Internet in 21 countries, CEO Bob Collymore has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Collymore said the aim is to provide its subscribers with affordable services wherever they go.

“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” he said.

The new tariffs will see Kenyans pay Sh200 for up to 10 minutes of talk-time, Sh10 per SMS, and 10MBs of internet data in the countries whose local telecommunication firms have partnerships with Safaricom.

They include Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

To access information on the charges in specific countries, PostPay customers can dial *200# and PrePay *100#, then select ‘Products & Services’ followed by ‘Safaricom Roaming’ and follow the prompts.

 

Safaricom Expects to Complete Purchase of YU Mobile Within Months

Safaricom Ltd., East Africa’s biggest mobile phone company, expects its joint acquisition of rival yumobile to be completed within months at a cost of about $120 million, Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore said.

Objections to the deal raised by Kenya’s communications-industry regulator have been withdrawn and the Nairobi-based company expects to submit the transaction for approval to the country’s competition authority soon, Collymore said today in an interview at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

“I am hoping we can close this in a couple of months,” he said.

Safaricom, 40 percent owned by Vodafone Plc (VOD), and Airtel Kenya Ltd., a unit of New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel Ltd., announced plans in March to buy yumobile, Kenya’s third-biggest network operator that’s owned by Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. Safaricom, which is based in Nairobi, will take over Essar’s network base stations and transmission equipment.

READ MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-05/safaricom-expects-to-complete-purchase-of-yumobile-within-months.html