Am I supposed to be in a morgue? Jeff Koinange says about Kenyans doubting his Covid-19

Covid-19 was the nightmare word early this year. Anyone who spoke about it did so in hushed terms. The flu has caused hitherto unknown of damage to the world with many people and businesses dying.

But it seems that Kenyans have become indifferent to the disease as their jaded and cynical state shows. Jeff Koinange is one of the celebs who announced a few weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with the disease.

Jeff Koinange

The Citizen TV host spoke about the disappointment he felt after discovering that some Kenyans were doubtful about his Covid-19 revelation.

I can’t taste salt from sugar! Jeff Koinange says about terrible Covid-19 experience (video)

He did so while speaking to renowned consultant psychiatrist Dr. Frank Njenga who posed a rhetorical question at Kenyans who are still in doubt of the novel coronavirus situation in Kenya.

“Welcome back to JKL, the home edition, working from home after testing positive for coronavirus about nine days ago.

By the way Daktari, a lot of people are tweeting tonight saying is this Guy Sick? He doesn’t look Sick? Am I supposed to be on an IV drip in an ICU or in a morgue for people to realize I have COVID? What is wrong with people?,” posed Jeff Koinange.”

Jeff Koinange
Jeff Koinange

Dr. Njenga empathised with Jeff’s predicament explaining that some people wait until the calamity knocks at their doorstep before they acknowledge that it does exist.

“I think people; Jeff people are just people until they see their friend or neighbour … and we saw this in what happened in relation to HIV/AIDS, until your cousin or your sister or your nephew, Wife or even Husband got infected or diagnosed it took years and years for people to understand that HIV was a reality in our community…I think its probably to much to expect that everybody will believe everything they are told, as true as they are. I have seen people say, Hao wamelipwa pesa, it cannot be the case, but what they don’t know is that more trhan 80% of the people who get infected are completely asymptomatic like you Jeff…they will say how can he be Covid positive and still looking strong… I think one of the things that government needs to repeatedly stated to the people is that 80% of the people are asymptomatic,” said
Positive Status.

Dr. Frank Njenga
Dr. Frank Njenga

 

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I can’t taste salt from sugar! Jeff Koinange says about terrible Covid-19 experience (video)

Jeff Koinange is rarely if ever the man on the other side of an interview table. Jeff who has a booming voice has earned a reputation as a formidable interviewer whose talents have led him to host world leaders and news influencers.

But yesterday was a different kind of day for the man who is known for his “smooooookiiiinnnnn” phrase. He was the one being interviewed by Victoia Rubadiri about his experience battling Covid-19.

Jeff Koinange
Jeff Koinange

Jeff said that despite being asymptomatic, he has since lost his sense of taste; he can’t tell salt from sugar, lemon from a mango.

How smart shoe-shiner helped Jeff Koinange earn plum CNN job

The acclaimed TV personality explained that the experience had been tough for him as he tried to acclimatise to the new disease.

“Complete madness in my head. Coz the clock in my head, still wakes up at 4 am. It’s been crazy trying to adjust but I know I’ll be back on sooner than you think probably. This is only temporary. But this thing is real!”

Jeff Koinange

The TV host recalled that he went for the test after one of the colleagues at Citizen TV tested positive, with Jeff being traced as a possible contact.

‘It probably happened in the radio station because someone at Citizen was tested positive and I was traced as one of their contacts. My boss, Wachira Waruru came up and told me “Jeff, you gotta be tested” and I said “for what? why? You know I have no symptoms” and that was it.’

Jeff Koinange smiling
Jeff smiling

Mr. Koinange was lucky that after he went into self-isolation, his wife and son had tested negative for the virus. The popular presenter was bombarded with supportive messages from Kenyans online with over 3,000 messages on WhatsApp and another 2,000 Text messages and tweets from of well-wishers.

“Majority have been incredibly warm to me and it’s really comforting,” he said. Watch the video below:

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How smart shoe-shiner helped Jeff Koinange earn plum CNN job

Jeff Koinange has probably been the most dynamic and successful journalist in Kenya. The receipts are plain to see for all as the media personality has scaled the heights of his industry reaching the pinnacle by working at CNN.

The interesting thing is, his stint at CNN might never have happened had it not been for a ceratin forward-thinking shoeshiner. Jeff revealed this interesting fact on Friday, May 22, detailing how he landed the coveted job at CNN in the US.

Jeff Koinange with George Weah
Jeff Koinange with George Weah

Mr. Koinange was reading a chapter from his biography, Through My African Eyes in his new social media show A Chapter a Day. While still working at Reuters, South Africa, Koinange was offered a chance to work at CNN but was unsure about whether he should take the job.

“In 2001, I attended the CNN Multichoice Journalist of the year award in South Africa. It was here that I met Chris Cramer, he was then CNN’s Senior International Vice President. He told me that CNN was about to open a bureau in Lagos, Nigeria and asked if I would be interested.

“I thought about it for a minute and just as fast, I declined. However, Chris was very convincing. He gave me a ticket and asked me to visit Atlanta and spend a week and that if I liked the job I stay for a talk, if not I head back to Johannesburg, SA,” Koinange narrated.

Jeff Koinange looking good
Jeff Koinange looking good

He then went to Atlanta where he met CNN boss Ethan Jordan and the two spoke for a while before going to a shoe shiner.
“Doc looked at me and asked where I came from. I looked at him and answered that I came from Kenya, Africa. He then marvelled ‘Oh! Yeah, Jomo Kenyatta’s country! I looked at him and wondered how a shoe shiner in Atalanta knows Kenya. I now pay attention and listen to him attentively,” Koinange disclosed.

I nearly hit them! Jeff Koinange gives scary story after day out with son

 

It was then that the shoeshiner convinced an unsure Jeff about the merits of working for CNN.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry man, you are alright. You can do alright here at CNN.’ He turned to Ethan and winked at him, and Ethan gave him a high-five, and then he looked at me and said ‘I like you, young man, I think you are going to finely fit in’,” Koinange recalled.

Jeff Koinange
Jeff Koinange

“Just like that, it was done. That was Ethan’s way of assuring himself that he had done the right thing by taking you down to Doc, the shoe shiner, to get an approval. Can you imagine that?” Koinange wondered.

 

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I nearly hit them! Jeff Koinange gives scary story after day out with son

Jeff Koinange is one of the most dynamic entertainers in Kenya. The man whose voice took him to the rarified air of working for CNN has been a fixture on a our screens these past few years.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Jeff Koinange meet their high school teacher after 35 years!

Yesterday, the man hosted the Sunday Live bulletin on Citizen TV and delivered a candid anecdote about an experience that he had had this weekend.

Jeff had gone to Chaka Ranch with his son for a day out but the drama came about when he encountered a couple of kids on the road.

Jeff Koinange at Chaka Ranch
Jeff Koinange at Chaka Ranch

In a sideline banter with co-host, Victoria Rubadiri, the anchor explained that the children appeared abruptly and were following a leader.

‘We just drove back from Chaka Ranch, my goodness. I was driving as well as I could but you know at some point, kids cross the road. And you know, when there is a bunch of kids and one crosses (the road), then the rest follow absolutely.’

Jeff Koinange at Chaka Ranch
Jeff Koinange at Chaka Ranch

But fortunately, Jeff was able to deal with the scare and stopped just a hairbreadth away from the kids with no one getting injured.

Koinange, together with his son Jamal Mbiyu Koinange, were leaving Chaka Ranch where they had spent a family weekend out.

Jeff Koinange before the roadtrip
Jeff Koinange before the roadtrip

Koinange’s narration of his startling moment on the road was prompted by a news report in the bulletin where the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) was warning motorists to observe all traffic rules in the festive season.

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What’s money!? Atwoli throws his Sh.170k IPhone during JKL interview

Francis Atwoli was interviewed yesterday on Jeff Koinange’s JKL show. The man is known for his larger than life persona with his love for the finer thing, is in the headlines again.

This is why I married Kilobi – Atwoli tells captivated crowd

Why? While being interviewed by Jeff, the COTU leader inexplicably took out his expensive iPhone and threw it away! The sound heard after the phone made an impact with a surface was bone-crunching as anyone who has ever seen their phone fall to the floor and gets damaged knows.

Francis Atwoli
Francis Atwoli

What is amazing Kenyans is the cavalier way in which the man threw away a phone that is one of the most expensive in the Kenyan market, with current retail prices not ranging below the 170K mark

Some Kenyans speculate (which I couldn’t independently verify) was that the phone he threw was an iPhone 11 pro-Max which costs Sh.170,000!

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iphone-11-pro-max-midnight-green-select-2019

Read some responses from shocked Kenyans below;

BIGFISH 🐬 🇰🇪 Whoever tried to call Atwoli while live on TV, I don’t think you wil have his number again 😳😳😂😂😂

Victor Mochere Francis Atwoli just threw his phone away like nothing. 😂

𝐂𝐘𝐌𝐎𝐇 ™ 🇰🇪❁ Atwoli just did this to his phone after Someone called him while on air while having an interview with JK.😂, oh God, i want to he this rich!

samuel oketch By throwing his phone in a middle of an interview Francis has shown simillar qualities as Pombe Magufuli. A leader who finds solutions not excuses.

AmTheOne ..get me the phone Mheshimiwa atwoli threw I will make the cracked screen tafadhali…

Lenny Ogweno Francis throws his phone away. #JKLive Tell him to give me that phone

LeCamelRustler *Atwoli withdraws phone from pocket* *Seems to be switching it off**Gives up* *Hurls it across the studio!*

Ambrose Odhiambo I pity the guy who was calling Francis before he switched and threw away the damn phone 😹😹😹😹😂 20,000,000 gangster points

Bold Atwoli ‘throwing away’ his phone and shrugging off was way too arrogant! #JKLive #ShameofRepresentingKenya

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‘I used to work the graveyard shift’ Citizens Koinange reveals the worst job he had

He is one of the most versatile talents that the country has produced over the years. The man has a CV that would put most high earners in the entertainment industry to shame.

The man who started off reading news on KTN the then-premier television station in Kenya was able to parlay his talents into a lucrative stint on CNN that ended in ignominy.

Jeff Koinange with George Weah
Jeff Koinange with George Weah

But he has bounced back admirably and is now one of the most recognisable and valued entertainers in the Kenyan media industry.

Jeff Koinange sadly reveals last words Bob Collymore ever told him

He recently revealed that he didn’t have it easy at the beginning with one of the first jobs he did was working at an American fast-food company, Mcdonald’s saying that it was the worst job he ever did. He recently related his experience saying,

I worked at Mcdonalds, it is like an American fish and chips shop. It was the night shift. It was the graveyard shift. It’s late at night, 2-3 a.m. in the morning, where you wear headphones and people are driving through and they pick up stuff coming in to buy.

Jeff Koinange smiling
Jeff smiling

The Citizen T.V anchor narrated that he would see the clients through surveillance cameras and take their orders. The man got his big break while working as a flight attendant as a very young man.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange 2
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

He once explained how on the first day on the job, he impressed many with his voice on the aircraft so much that his seniors told advised him to use it for a different purpose.

‘I got a job with Pan Am Air (Pan American World Airways), I used to work as a flight attendant and when I was on the aircraft, most of you have heard (the announcer). I was 20 years old, they (then) said, “Listen, kid, go to school. One day you are going to get a lot of money with that voice.” That was it.’

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‘No parent should bury their own kid’ Maina and King’ang’i mourn

Maina and King’ang’i spoke about many different topics this morning. One of the those concerned the recent building collapse that occurred in Dagoretti.

Maina and King’ang’i were both shocked and pained that something like that could happen. They both shared the sentiment that no parent should ever have to bury their own children.

The school collapse
The school collapse

Maina kept on repeating the phrase, ‘The school building which had a two-inch foundation.’ This was in reference to the initial investigations showing that the school building had been made poorly from the ground up.

King’ang’i agreed by stating that the house had been made with disregard and callousness that was shocking to see. ‘This is carelessness by the proprietor. It is like they were making a house for chicken!’ he mused.

Is there a problem with parenting today asks Maina Kageni

Mr. kageni ended the conversation by asking who should be blamed for the tragedy? Many of the callers felt that the proprietor should have a large proportion of the blame.

The two also celebrated Jeff Koinange’s mothers birthday. Jeff’s mother is called Mary Nyambura Koinange on her 82nd birthday!

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Kenyans raise Ksh2.4 M in 1 hour for JKL guest suffering from breast cancer

Kenyans can be a generous bunch. Especially if you can tug at their heartstrings. This was demonstrated yesterday after they contributed Ksh2.4 M for 13-year-old Bianca Wambui who appeared on Citizen TV show JKLive.

This was after Jeff had issued an appeal for her by sharing a pay bill number to help Bianca raise funds for her cancer treatment. Bianca had narrated how she dropped out of school after she underwent an operation to remove one of her breasts.

The guests on Jeff Koinange's show
The guests on Jeff Koinange’s show

She also told Jeff how she had been stigmatised by her school friends because of that fact. After the mastectomy to deal with cancer and now she needed money for radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Wendy Waeni’s mother allegedly threatened after Jeff Koinange interview

Kenyans it seems wanted to do something and within an hour they had raised Ksh2,442,500. Jeff himself was the one to tell Kenyans about the crazy figure on his Twitter page, saying,

Thank You Kenya!! …Thank You for standing with BIANCA WAMBUI. We have raised Ksh 2,442,500 in 1 Hour!!… Thank You, Folks!! Let’s keep CONTRIBUTING!! Paybill: 918675 Account: Bianca Wambui.

Jeff Koinange with his 3 guests
Jeff Koinange with his 3 guests

This isn’t the first time that money has flowed freely from Kenyans pockets to a worthy cause. In October 2015, Kenyans rallied behind K24 anchor Anjlee Gadvi who was diagnosed with liver cancer, helping her raise over Sh6 million within hours.

Anjlee Gadhvi posing
Anjlee Gadhvi posing

The anchor was hosted on Kameme FM’s breakfast show by Njogu Njoroge where she disclosed her struggle with the illness that has milked all her savings dry.

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Uhuru Kenyatta and Jeff Koinange meet their high school teacher after 35 years!

Uhuru Kenyatta has one of the widest smiles you will ever see. That is likely why his face makes some of the best memes you will ever find on the internet.

And yesterday, the 4th president had more reason to show off the meme-worthy smile after he met his high school teacher at State House. The news was shared by his distant cousin Jeff Koinange who showed off the pictures on his Instagram page. The JKLive host explained that they were meeting their history teacher, Zelia Pareira, for the first time after 35 years.

Uhuru and his guests at State House
Uhuru and his guests at State House

His caption read;

Guess who got to meet his former Saint Mary’s School History Teacher after more than 35 Years? That’s right, the President himself! We had a great time and a good laugh!! Thanks, Mrs Pereira for molding us to be WHO we are today! 

Uhuru Kenyatta with his former teacher
Uhuru Kenyatta with his former teacher

Pareira taught the two leaders of their respective fields History while they attended St Mary’s School, Nairobi. Uhuru has in the past admitted that history was his favourite subject. Some of the comments to the post are below;

antoneosoul Teachers are the best ❤️❤️❤️
mwauambrose Ata President alisoma History 🤔
weru_j Who else read this in Jeff’s voice? 🤣🤣

Jeff Koinange has previously revealed an interesting character of President Uhuru Kenyatta during their early childhood days.

Wendy Waeni’s mother allegedly threatened after Jeff Koinange interview

In an interview with Kiss 100 presenter in 2016, the journalist revealed how the President at once bullied him at St Marys School in Nairobi where they schooled together.

Uhuru and his guests at State House
Uhuru and his guests at State House

Mr Koinange recalled how Kenyatta harassed him in the school bus, hitting him on the head an action commonly known as ‘ngoto‘. “Boss Uhunye alinihanda ndani ya mini-bus ya shule bwana (Uhuru used to bully me inside the school mini-bus). Can you imagine that he is now the President,” Mr Koinange revealed to Mote while illustrating the action.

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Wendy Waeni’s mother allegedly threatened after Jeff Koinange interview

Jeff Koinange’s interview this past week is getting a lot of buzz and the reasons are entirely out of his control. The man interviewed celebrity gymnast Wendy Waeni and she revealed some troubling things about her manager, Joe Mwangi.

Magdaline Syombua, her mother spoke to Citizen TV yesterday at their home in Huruma, Nairobi and said that many Kenyans are questioning why she lives such a humble life yet her child is famous, saying;

Out there people know me as Wendy’s mother. They know me very well but they keep asking why I still live here.

Wendy Waeni's mother
Wendy Waeni’s mother

She also narrated that she had met controversial ex-manager Joe Mwangi in 2014 when they entered a deal. She explained;

He told me that he would arrange performances for Wendy and if her talent was discovered, he would know how to work with her from there. At one point I asked him, are there no proceeds from all these places you’ve been taking Wendy to perform at?

Question Jeff Koinange asked that made Wendy Waeni cry

She remembered that Joe answered that he was only promoting her daughter which didn’t translate into monetary gain. She also alleged that after the Wednesday evening interview elicited many public reactions, he had resorted to threatening her. She told the reporters;

Now that the situation has boiled over, he threatened me. He stated that he was no longer willing to pay for Wendy’s passport adding that the person who took us to Citizen TV should take care of everything.

Joe-Mwangi with his former client Wendy Waeni
Joe-Mwangi with his former client Wendy Waeni

When Wendy appeared on Jeff Koinage’s show she painfully narrated how her former manager had exploited her. She told him;

I have been performing all over the world Jeff. I know you know that. Right now, I live in Huruma because of Joe Mwangi. Jeff to be sincere with you, I’ve been performing all over like Rwanda, Germany, China and I haven’t got a single penny. My mum is really suffering now as we talk. I know she’s working right now, she sells sweets. I live in a single room in Huruma now Jeff.

Wendy Waeni
Wendy Waeni praying

On learning of the allegations on Wednesday evening, Mwangi took to social media and said that Wendy’s reactions were false saying that he had never travelled with the 14-year-old at any point in her gymnastics career.

Despite the talent manager denying reports, footage emerged of Joe and Wendy meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the past.

 

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Question Jeff Koinange asked that made Wendy Waeni cry

Yesterday, Jeff Koinange hosted probably the most heart-rending and emotional episode on his highly rated JKL show that airs on Citizen T.V.

Jeff hosted young guests; Wendy Waeni, Ellyanne Githae and Leyla Mohammed. The girls were engaging and told stories that brought sadness and joy alike.

Jeff Koinange's show, JKL
Jeff Koinange’s show, JKL

Wendy is a gymnast, Ellyanne is a nature enthusiast and Leyla Mohammed is a musician. The 3 were asked why they were only talking about their mothers and not their fathers during the interview.

Ellyanne Githae with Matiangi
Ellyanne Githae with Matiangi

Ellyanne narrated as she struggled to hold back tears;

I met him for the first time in 2017, he left us because he said Kenya was not a good place to live in and then now, he is really forbidding what he said. The first time I went to meet him I was so excited, it went well but I did not like the first expression of my cat.

Ellyanne Githae with Uhuru
Ellyanne Githae with Uhuru

The Citizen TV anchor turned the question to Miss Waeni while trying to calm down Ellyanne, who was crying uncontrollably.

It was really tough with my mum alone. Back then she didn’t have a job and he just left us. He is my dad, I have never had a male figure in my life, so I would like him to get in touch. Yes, dad, I forgive you, I don’t know where you are but I forgive you, please just come back home, I miss you.

Wendy-Waeni
Wendy-Waeni

She said all these as she tried to hold herself together. Leyla then jumped in to try and lighten up the sombre mood. The 14-year-old told the anchor that her father had also left her at a young age but she was strong despite it. She said;

Think of the positive side, I can bravely say that I am the head of the family now. For me I forgave him a lot time ago and I wish him the best of luck.

Leyla Mohammed with Uhuru
Leyla Mohammed with Uhuru

A pan-African study in 2013 claimed that 6 of every 10 Kenyan women are likely to be single mothers by the time they reach 45, one of the highest rates for single-parent families in Africa. The study by two Canadian sociologists shows that Kenya has one of the highest levels of children born out of wedlock on the continent.

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Jeff Koinange delivers heartfelt wish to Liberian president, George Weah

Jeff Koinange was in Liberia last week visiting and interviewed president George Weah while he was there. The JKL host made his biggest wish to the former celebrated African footballer?

He told George;

I wish they make a movie on you one day. Some people don’t know you even won the Ballon D ‘or” Jeff Koinange wished amid being surprised.

Jeff Koinange with George Weah
Jeff Koinange with George Weah

President Weah was magnanimous and readily agreed. He said;

I am a record-breaker. I was a high scorer in the Champions League. I did not go to Europe to be a ‘superstar’. I went there to play football and every day I worked hard because the game required that I perform.

Jeff Koinange interviewing George Weah
Jeff interviewing George Weah

Mr. Weah also spoke about his former coach Arsene Wenger and said;

Arsène adopted me as a son. He would check up on me. Sometimes I got upset but I later saw he wanted the best for me. I have a responsibility to teach those who work with me the things I have learnt from others in my journey. Three things that I learnt on the pitch are team work, hard work and respect.

Jeff Koinange with George Weah
Jeff with Mr. Weah

Weah who ascended to Presidency in Liberia on January 22, 2018, informed Jeff that he was a symbol of peace across Liberia and worked towards erasing the past memories of the former war-torn country.

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Jeff hugging Mr. George Weah

 

Weah, who played for other top clubs such as Manchester City, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea, revealed that he never dreamt of being a president. He, however, revealed that it is one thing he does with passion.

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The reason Jeff Koinange wasn’t at Peter Kenneth’s moms funeral

Jeff Koinange has a lot of friends in high places and that makes sense as the man has made his money interviewing those types of people over the years.

One of those friends is former Gatanga MP, Peter Kenneth. Peter, for those of you who don’t know lost his mother, Rahab Wambui Muhuni last week Thursday. Her funeral took place yesterday and was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, Raila Odinga among other high profile dignitaries.

Peter Kenneth
Peter Kenneth

Also present were members of the ‘boys club’; WPP Scangroup CEO Bharat Thakrar, Radio Africa Group CEO Patrick Quarcoo, and KCB CEO Joshua Oigara.

Jeff had flown out of the country on his way to Liberia before the ceremony and as such couldn’t make it. The boys club had earlier in the month come together for the memorial service of Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

Bob Collymore memorial service
Bob Collymore memorial service
Bob Collymore memorial service
Bob Collymore memorial service

Jeff even hosted the other members on his JKLive show where they shed light on Bob’s private life and some of the memorable moments they shared. During the broadcast, the crew announced that Thakar would replace Bob as their new leader.

RIP: Bob Collymore’s boys club is the most envious group shout KOT 

The Boy’s Club is a rare example of male friendship in the 21st Century, something that is derisively called bromance. While they are not encouraged nowadays, they are very important and significant for a man’s growth.

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

Geoffrey Greif an American socialogist who wrote,  ‘Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships’ said about male friendships;

‘I think the most common myth around men’s friendships is that they are not as important to men as women’s friendships are to women. What I try to describe in the book is that this is a relationship that is highly important to many men, it just does not look like what women’s friendship might look like. Women tend to have friendships that are more emotionally and physically expressive than do men. Men’s friendships tend to be, on the other side of this, of course, less emotionally and physically expressive.’

 

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Jeff Koinange keeps wish that Bob Collymore asked him on live TV

The late Bob Collymore truly left an impression on his friend Jeff Koinange, such that Jeff cannot stop talking about him. Yesterday on his JKL show, the man with boombox voice revealed a request that the late CEO had asked him to keep.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange 2
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

That request was that he host top female corporate leaders on his show JKLive. Jeff hosted Jane Karuku, Managing Director (MD) Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), Rita Kavashe (MD Isuzu EA) and Serah Katusia (MD MediaCom).

The CEO's being interviewed by Jeff Koinange
The CEO’s being interviewed by Jeff Koinange

He said;

This is why Rita is here. I made a promise to my good friend, the late Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore, that I bring some top women CEOs to the bench. Here we are. So Bob, wherever you are, we are now even.

In a previous interview, Bob had pitched the idea to his close friend Jeff telling him;

Promise me that you will do that. I have some top women leaders at Safaricom, Debrah and Rita. They have a lot to share. We have Anastacia, Angela, and many others.

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

The sad truth is that Bob wouldn’t be present to see his request fulfilled. The great thing about the interview was that the female CEO’s recognised what a brilliant leader Bob was, with KBL Managing Director, Jane Karuku, saying;

When we look at ourselves, we hope to leave an impact in society just like Collymore did.

The CEO's being interviewed by Jeff Koinange
The CEO’s being interviewed by Jeff Koinange

Ms. Katusia added by saying;

Bob Collymore created a brand that has a purpose. That is what he left us.

Bob Collymore had a reputation as a CEO who would hire people based on skill rather than on educational credentials alone. Bob himself went up the ranks without the benefit of papers but with grit, skill, talent and perseverance.

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Jeff Koinange: It has not yet hit me that Bob Collymore is gone

Jeff Koinange lost one of his greatest friends early this month. That comrade was the late great Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore. 

The JKL live host has spoken a lot about Bob or as they affectionately called him, ‘Kihara’ since his untimely death earlier this month.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

Word Is recently caught up with him for a quick interview. One of the questions that they asked was how he was dealing with the loss of one of his best friends?

He said;

It’s been more than two weeks now but it has not yet hit me that he is gone. Sometimes, I still sit down and imagine Bob walking in and asking us how we are doing. ´Hey, guys did you miss me?´

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

One thing he said that regrets is that he did not tell Bob how great a human being he was when he was alive. Jeff also recounted some of the wonderful pieces of advice that Bob had given their boys club when he was still alive.

Bob would tell Jeff and his close circle of friends that he wasn’t perfect, but that he learning from his faults and mistakes. Bob Collymore died of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia earlier this month and it transpired that the late CEO had a great circle of friends that was full of industry heavy hitters.

The boys club
The boys club

They called themselves the boy’s club and would meet regularly. They were; Businessman Ally Khan Satchu, Radio Africa Group CEO Patrick Quarcoo, politician Peter Kenneth, Citizen TV News Anchor Jeff Koinange, Scangroup CEO Bharat Thakrar, British High Commissioner Nic Hailey and Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Joshua Oigara.

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

Who wouldn’t envy this close circle of friends?

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Jeff Koinange remembers heated argument he had with Bob Collymore

Jeff Koinange keeps on dropping interesting anecdotes about his late friend and former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. On his show last night, he revealed how their friendship had had periods of in-fighting, moments where they couldn’t stand each other.

During the special edition of JKLive to commemorate the deceased CEO, his friend Jeff recounted a time when they had a heated exchange forcing him to leave their WhatsApp group.

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

But that wasn’t all, Jeff says that barely 10 minutes after he left the WhatsApp group, Collymore himself called him up and called him out. Jeff said;

My most stubborn moment with Bob was when I left the WhatsApp group. Do you remember? I deleted myself from the group and left a few expletives. But less than 10 minutes later he put me back and said, ‘nobody exits this group, it’s a one-way street’.

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Jeff attending Collymore’s wedding in a file photo

Peter Kenneth who was another member of the panel agreed by saying;

He talked to us. It would have been hurtful to him because first of all, you and him, as you rightfully said, started off as best of friends. Remember, through his first hard times initially, you were there for him.

Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange
Bob Collymore with Jeff Koinange

Jeff conquering by adding they often met used at Bob’s home before the group was formed, saying;

We used to meet a lot at his house or he would come over to my house before this group was formed. I don’t know what it was. I think it was when I first met him and thought he was Michael Joseph’s bodyguard.

The late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore had a battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) before he succumbed on Monday, July 1.

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Bob-Collymore

He was cremated on Tuesday at Kariokor crematorium with his memorial service taking place today.

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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.

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Bob-Collymore

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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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.

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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.

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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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