Bruce was a mentor to many young people including my son Jomo – Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed that the late Bruce Odhiambo helped him straighten his son Jomo.

Uhuru on Saturday said Bruce, who served as the Youth Fund boss, was a man to be emulated for many generations to come.

He said despite having schooled in the same school and sat in the same class, their relations took them beyond school and they have remained best of friends until his death,

Bruce died on January 4, at a Nairobi hospital after he suffered heart attack.

Uhuru was eulogising the late at his Muhoroni home where he has been laid to rest.

“He was a true Kenyan, he had no tribal or religious boundaries all he wanted is to make friends. He recongised you for who you are and not what you are,” Uhuru said.

The Head of State said Bruce was a man who was never afraid to give everything he had for those who couldn’t have.

He said in his life, the late has helped so many upcoming musicians who wouldn’t have made it in life.

“He was a mentor to many young people including my very own son Jomo whom he helped me straighten out and that is why I have come here today to celebrate a man who means a lot to my family,” he said.
Uhuru maintained Bruce will be remembered because he had no political affiliations and he had a great desire to restructure the youth fund.

“He took me to Kibera so many times to see how we could improve the lives of our youth. He did all these because he understood the needs of the people,” Uhuru added.

He said, “We who have been left behind we must ask ourselves what we can do to emulate him.”

Uhuru also said his government will not abandon the family that has been left behind.

“I am making this promise not as the president but as a brother of the man who is lying here. We shall ensure these children complete education and settle in life, we shall support you to keep his company alive and moving because he would have done the same for us,” he said.

Uhuru also agreed to meet all the musicians at Nairobi’s State House to discuss the future of the music industry in the country.

Former Prime Minister and AU’s special envoy Raila Odinga, in his remarks, termed Bruce as a selfless man who had a great heart.
He touched generations, those who were older than him, his age-mates and younger than him. He loved people and has changed the lives of many young people,” Raila said.

He added, “All we can say Bruce has lived a good life and it is a testimony of good upbringing.”
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Super producer, Bruce Odhiambo laid to rest in Koru, Kisumu (PHOTOS)

Fallen super producer, Bruce Odhiambo Bruce will be laid to rest today in Koru, Kisumu county.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who was a close friend to Odhiambo and Raila Odinga will be expected to attend the burial ceremony.

bruce odhiambo burial
bruce odhiambo burial

The former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman, died on January 8th, 2019 at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted to the ICU.

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He suffered a massive heart attack.

A number of celebrities are in attendance in Koru, including radio presenter; Talia Oyando, comedians, Mdomo Baggy and Nyambane.

Bruce Odhiambo burial
Bruce Odhiambo burial

On Thursday, First lady, Margaret Kenyatta, led hundreds of mourners who included; Family, friends, artistes and media personalities mentored by Bruce during his memorial service which was held at Nairobi Baptist Church, Valley Road.

Bruce Odhiambo's burial
Bruce Odhiambo’s burial

Artistes present were Dan Aceda, Amos and Josh, Kidum, Pitson and comedians Churchill and Nyambane who said that artistes will organise a concert in honour of Bruce.

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Unlike other caskets which are normally covered with flowers, Bruce’s casket was designed with a Piano cover an indication that music was live for him.

May he rest in eternal peace.

 

“They pretend to celebrate you when you die, yet don’t celebrate you when alive’ Tedd Josiah blasts Kenyans as they mourn Bruce Odhiambo

Kenyan producer Tedd Josiah is lashing out at what he terms as hypocritical Kenyans, Kenyan media and Kenyan celebrities mourning Bruce Odhiambo.

Bruce, who was former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman, was also a producer who had worked with many celebs in Kenya.

Josiah wrote

“Just last week I wrote “they will write RIP and pretend to celebrate me when am dead”
Kenyan celebrities, Kenyan radio, Kenyan media and Kenyans….
Here is a photograph of Kenyans with both a gold and platinum plaque from sales of their album internationally.
Am sure non of you can name even one person here….
But today you’re going to write R I P to the young keyboardist who shaped the sound of that bad “SAFARI SOUND” and his name was Bruce Odhiambo.

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“SAFARI SOUND” which was founded by the l;ate Bruce Odhiambo
“SAFARI SOUND” which was founded by the l;ate Bruce Odhiambo

I celebrate you and always have,Rest in the Kings Kingdom. The good you did will never go forgotten.
My life changed the day i walked into your studio. I dared to dream…..
R I P to a KING
To the rest of my broken lost radio tv and media… research your Kings and Queens write about them, play their music because the world celebrated them before you trashed them.”

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

Last words of former YEDF Chairman Bruce Odhiambo before his death

In a previous post, Josiah had hit hard at people who are quick to wish you a safe journey to eternity yet they can never support you when alive.

“Get up go get it! Maybe u will win maybe u will loose but the journey will be a beautiful one! My very 1st cd 💿 to produce was in 1995 with very little knowledge just a dream and a strong belief that my purpose was God driven and nothing was going to stop me. No one even bought cds let alone knew of them! I was breaking ground.

Nearly 28 years in the music industry i can say the game shifted, peoples lives were uplifted, pride in who we are became normal and we made people sing “Kenyan boy” “kisumu 100” “atoti” “Unbwogable” “saa zingine” “uhiki” and so much more…….

Ted Josiah
Ted Josiah

‘A gentle giant who loved people’ Maina Kageni joins other celebs in mourning Bruce Odhiambo

Then tv came calling and i made my small mark with VIPI mongolo and Didge….. Then i just needed to learn more and dropped everything and left.

In a way those were great times, maybe someday when am dead you will see them come out of the wood works with their “RIP’s” and all.

But for you reading this. Know this.You will stumble you will fall but you will win you will rise! And ride that dream like your life depends on it!My #TBT #PapaBearSays”

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‘A gentle giant who loved people’ Maina Kageni joins other celebs in mourning Bruce Odhiambo

Tributes from Kenyan celebrities are pouring in following the demise of former Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Bruce Odhiambo.

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.

Last words of former YEDF Chairman Bruce Odhiambo before his death

Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman
Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman

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Below are some of the condolence messages from Kenyan celebs

Pole to the family of Bruce Odhiambo and the entire Music industry on the loss of a pioneer, a giant in the art, a mentor and big brother to many of us. Rest well B.O.

I have nothing but good memories of Bruce Odhiambo. His hospitality. That Friday biryani. Singing random things in his studio. His humour. Rest well Uncle Bruce. You will be missed.

 Big man with a big heart. A gentle giant who loved people. A legend and a pioneer. Thank you for all your influence. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for everything. My sincere condolences to your amazing family as well. Rest In Peace Bruce Odhiambo.

You were front and centre when we created in 2008. I’ll remember you for your contribution to Kenya’s music industry. Rest in peace Bruce Odhiambo

Bruce Odhiambo

Mercy Myra also wrote a long post  expressing her sadness at the demise of the man who helped build her career. She wrote

“The end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 has just broken my heart with sadness and pain. I cannot begin to put in words how your transitioning pains my heart for. Family, friends and the music industry has lost a maestro and a music genius @bruceodh aka brother B as we called him. Thank you for everything Bruce. My very 1st #mentor my #MusicIndustryDadAndBigBrother. A lion at heart but the gentlest soul.
You birthed the brand #mercymyra You trained and guided me. My confidant my teacher in everything I had to know in becoming an artist and musician.

Mercy Myra mourns Bruce Odhiambo
Mercy Myra mourns Bruce Odhiambo

The first Producer #extraordinaire , #promotor and Music manager I ever had and author of my hit single #tiedero amongst soo many other songs we recorded and or performed with around the world. It hurts soo much that you are no longer with us. I promise to make sure to finish on the song we had started working on and others to follow. May you rest well and hit those keys and strum on that baseline in heaven. I am thankful and greatful for your stewardship. Words will never be enough.
I pray for your family. Lily, Randy, Myke to be gi madhe and entire family. Beduru gi kwe. My love, My heart and prayers to you all. May God hold you all up at this trying time. #rip

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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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