Uhuru pays tribute to Bruce Odhiambo for his role in nurturing youth talent
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and encouragement to the family, friends and relatives of Bruce Odhiambo, the former Youth Enterprise Development Fund board Chairman who passed away last night at a Nairobi hospital.
In his message, President Kenyatta noted that the late Odhiambo used his God given talents especially in music and entrepreneurship to develop businesses and institutions, some of which played a big role in mentoring the youth.
“Bruce Odhiambo was a go-getter. He was a talented musician who joined hands with others to entertain Kenyans with the legendary Mombasa based Safari Sounds Band and Spartans,” observed the President.
The President said despite his humble beginnings, Mr. Odhiambo never shied away from mentoring other Kenyans to utilize their talents to make ends meet.
The Head of State cited Bruce Odhiambo’s production studios known as Johari Cleff where the late mentored and sharpened the skills of young people who were interested in creative arts, saying many Kenyans who are currently in television production have passed through his hands.
“He believed in sharing his God given talents. Bruce was a great philanthropist and many benefitted from his generosity,” said President Kenyatta.
Kenyans from across the fraternity also eulogized Mr Odhiambo.
Thanks for believing in me, Thanks for The Cloth Talks, Thanks for the Encouragement, Thanks for always answering my calls , Thanks for Respect, Thanks for the love you had for Kenyan Music , Thanks for the moments we had , Thanks. Safari Salama Bruce tutaonana Baadaye . pic.twitter.com/Lmanl32UpK
— KING KAKA (@RabbitTheKing) January 8, 2019
Bruce. Words fail me… All I can say is thank you. Rest In Peace. ????? pic.twitter.com/gCxCSsy7vn
— AaronRimbui (@AaronRimbui) January 8, 2019
Very sad about the passing of my friend Bruce Odhiambo. In the last three months, he remained strong even as his sick heart failed him. It was sad to watch him suffer. I will cherish the many moments we spent together. We have lost a good man and one of the most creative minds. pic.twitter.com/xvevlO9kgV
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) January 8, 2019
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) January 8, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/RqnIV9QFSl
— Sakaja Johnson (@SakajaJohnson) January 8, 2019
May your soul rest in power Bruce Odhiambo.Such a genuine friend gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/JwM3Zl1X2O
— Babu Owino (@Babu_Owino) January 8, 2019
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.
— Maina Kageni (@ItsMainaKageni) January 8, 2019
Truly truly a Sad day for the Music industry. Just learnt the passing of a dear friend and a mentor in the music industry The mighty Bruce Odhiambo R.I.P mtu wangu…
Forever in our hearts… pic.twitter.com/aLettXXKrl
— JuaCali (@juacaliGenge) January 8, 2019
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. ?
— Ciru Muriuki (@CiruMuriuki) January 8, 2019
RIP Bruce Odhiambo. Condolences to the family during this difficult time.
— Laura Walubengo (@lwalubengo) January 8, 2019