Double tragedy for family of Churchill Show comedian who died in road crash
It was a double tragedy for the family of the late Churchill Show comedian Emannuel Makori alias Ayeiya.
When the Nairobi News team visited the home, family members had already gathered for the burial of his grandmother at Nyansiongo, Nyamira county.
The comedian’s grandmother Ms Maryrose Nyambane, had died following a long battle with throat cancer.
Mr Makori’s uncle, Ben Nyambane, said news of his death hit family members 4am in the midst of burial preparations for his grandmother who passed on on Sunday.
He said the comedian’s mother, Josephine Njoki, had travelled to Nairobi on Thursday to collect her children for the funeral of their grandmother, him included.
The uncle said his father received a call before dawn directing him to travel immediately to Nairobi to resolve an emerging problem.
“He insisted for a long time to know what the emergency was and when he declined to travel, they informed him that his son had been involved in an accident,” said the uncle.
According to family members at the rural home, the caller said he died on the spot when his car rammed into an electric pole near Catholic university as he was trying to avoid a head on collision.
Reports say he was heading home when he met his death.
Mr Nyambane said the family was yet again thrown into a rude shock as preparations for their kin’s burial were underway.
He described his nephew as a respectful and fun person to be around and a motivation to his siblings and cousins.
“He was very close to his cousins and they loved him because of his rib cracking jokes. We could also see that people loved him as we did during his shows,” he said.
Judith Kemunto, aunt to the deceased said his death is a loss to both the family and the nation.
Ms Kemunto added that Ayeiya was a source of inspiration for his siblings, cousins and peers.
“The news of his death was shocking and we know that its not only the family that has lost a great person but the nation at large,” said Mr Kemunto.
She said he had plans of starting productions of his own television programs, the reason he has been missing in action for a while.
She urged friends and colleagues to support the family in these trying times.
His cousins described him as the best of them all and most of them wanted to pursue their dreams just as he did, becoming one of the best in his field in the process.
“He had even started training me on producing my own videos because he realized I have a passion for video production though I am studying another course. I have already posted two on my Youtube channel,” said Brenda Moraa one of his cousins.
Parents and siblings of the late are assembled at their Rongai home.