PHOTOS: Faces of Kenyans who were on the crashed Ethiopian plane


PHOTOS: Faces of Kenyans who were on the crashed Ethiopian plane
Family and friends of those who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have begun sharing their grief.Kenya suffered the most casualties (32) followed by Canada at 18, Ethiopia at nine, China and Italy at eight, France and Britain at seven, Egypt at six, with at least four persons carrying UN passports.Four Indians, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Israelis, one Belgian, one Ugandan, one Yemeni, one Sudanese, one Togolese, one Mozambican and one Norwegian also perished.

The flight was also carrying people who were to attend the United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi.According to the UN migration agency chief, at least 19 people affiliated with the United Nations were among those killed in the crash that happened on Sunday 10th March 2019 meeting after leaving Bole International Airport, in Addis Ababa.The Boeing 737-8 MAX was on a regular flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa when it came down shortly after take-off near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) to the southeast. The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8.44am.


Stella Mbicha Konarska and her son Adam Konarska. [Pictures Courtesy Facebook]

Stella Konarska and her three year-old son died in the Ethiopian airline accident on Sunday.She was bringing her three-year-old son, Adam Konarska, to meet his grandparents, aunts and uncles in Nairobi after being away for more than a year.

Stella, whose husband is Polish, was planning to spend a week in Nairobi with her parents, then fly to the coastal city of Mombasa to visit her brother Amos Mbicha. She was to fly back to her Saudi base upon her return from Mombasa.Stella, who got married at a lavish wedding in Poland in August 2015 and immediately quit her job as an air hostess to concentrate on her family, had a strong social media presence.

Ann Mukui.  [Pictures Courtesy ]

Ann Mukui, a mother of three, was also among 32 Kenyans aboard the Ethiopian Airlines craft on Sunday.

Cedric Asiavugwa Galia was among the dead.

Georgetown Law student Cedric Asiavugwa was one of the 157 killed.The 32-year-old was en route to Nairobi after the death of his fiance’s mother.

Asiavugwa was born and raised in Mombasa and graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with highest honours, according to the university.”Cedric was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya and graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with a B.A. in Philosophy. His commitment to issues of social justice, especially serving refugees and other marginalized groups, led him to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania before coming to Georgetown,” the release said.

Catholic nun Florence Wangari Yongi

A family from Nakuru had travelled on Sunday to JKIA to receive their loved one, a nun known as Florence Wangari Yongi, who unfortunately died in the ill-fated crash.

Former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General Hussein Swaleh. He was the match commissioner during the CAF CL match between Ismaily and TP Mazembe in Cairo on Friday 8, March. 

Kenyan soccer administrator Hussein Swaleh A renowned sports administrator Hussein Swaleh was among 32 Kenyans who perished in Ethiopia Airlines plane.Swaleh was on his way home from Cairo where he was the Commissioner of a CAF Champions League match between Egyptian side Ismailia and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo played on Friday.Swaleh served as KFF secretary-general between 2000 and 2004, a period in which the federation went through a torrid period with FIFA and the Kenyan government.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Acting Head of Human resource Development Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi Gikonyo

The two senior managers of KAA, acting Head of Human resource Development Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi Gikonyo, were on their way back to Nairobi from an official trip in Cairo Egypt. Gikonyo, who held a diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, was also a retired Brigadier General with thirty-seven years of military experience in Kenya and Africa.Kenyatta University two scholars, Prof Agnes Kathumbi, a lecturer at the University and Dr Isaac Minae Mwangi an educational technology lecturer were among the dead.According to a message from Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wainaina, the two were travelling back to Nairobi after attending to official duties in Italy.

Joseph Waithaka had relocated to Hull, England, 15 years ago. 

Kenyan and British dual national Joseph Waithaka was also among the 149 passengers who died according to 55-year-old, who moved to Hull about 15 years ago was on his way back to Kenya for a visit. His wife and children live in Hull.

Father George Mukua Kageche. [Photo, Courtesy]

The Catholic fraternity lost Fr George Mukua Kageche,  a Mariannhill Missionaries father. He was born on January 1, 1979, and was ordained into the priesthood on November 30, 2017.

Mwazo Jared Babu. [Photo, Facebook]

Mwazo Jared Babu was on the flight with his wife Mercy Ndivo Ngami from the United Kingdom.

Jared Babu Mwazo, wife Mercy Ngami and their child.  The two were travelling back to Kenya from UK [Picture Courtesy]

The couple left behind a 15-month-old baby.

Tony Ngare, senior Journalist who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines

Journalist Tony Ngare was among the dead. His colleagues remembered him as an ardent advocate for Press Freedom and Safety of Journalists in Kenya.After leaving the Standard Media Group, Ngare joined the Kenya National Commission to UNESCO and was instrumental in the successful establishment of the Kenya Media Sector Working Group.He also supported many initiatives aimed at strengthening the Kenya community radio sector.Jonathan Seex, the CEO of hospitality company Tamarind Group, was aboard the new Boeing 737-8 MAX.“It is with immense shock and grief to inform you of the tragic news that Tamarind CEO, Jonathan Seex, was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight,” the company, which owns and operates several restaurants in Africa, said on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Tamarind community and all the others who have suffered unfathomable losses.”According to his social media, Seex lived in Nairobi with his wife and children.

Ann Mogoi Birundu. [Sammy Omingo, Standard]

30-year-old PhD student Ann Mogoi Birundu also died in the Sunday Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.Her father Benson Birundu and mother Lorna described their only daughter as a family jewel, charming and social.

John Karanja confirmed that his wife, daughter and three grandchildren were among the dead.

John Karanja  lost his wife Anne Wangui Karanja,61, her daughter Caroline Nduta Karanja ,34, and his grandchildren Ryian Njoroge, 7, Kerry Paul ,4,  and Rubi Paul nine-month-old  in the ill-fated Ethiopian plane that crashed on Sunday morning.

Ann Wangui Karanja who died together with her daughter and her three grandchildren in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 11, 2019, in Ethiopia [PHOTO Harun Wathari]

The five were connecting to Kenya from Canada via Ethiopia.


British UN worker Joanna Toole among 157 dead in plane crash.

Joanna Toole from Exmouth in Devon was named as one of the seven British passengers who were among 157 people killed when the flight crashed shortly after take-off.The 36-year-old was flying to Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly.Sarah Auffret, a polar tourism expert

A French-British polar tourism expert was named as one of the dead in the Ethiopian Airlines air crash.
Sarah Auffret was making her way to Nairobi to discuss tackling plastic pollution in the seas at the UN assembly, according to her Norway-based employers Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).
The University of Plymouth graduate held dual French-British citizenship, Norwegian media reported.
Handout photo issued by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) of Sarah Auffret (Image: PA)

Married father-of-two Michael Ryan is the Irish victim in the crash.

Michael Ryan, originally from Lahinch in Clare, worked with the World Food Programme Source: WFP/Facebook

Canada suffered the second highest casualties after Kenya at 18.


Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian-born professor at Carleton University

Pius Adesanmi, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Nairobi.Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia 

Odowa’s two surviving daughters, aged three and seven.

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa, 33, was travelling with her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir, 5 to Kenya to visit their relatives, her brother told The Canadian PressDerick Lwugi

Derick Lwugi, an accountant with the City of Calgary.
Isaac was expecting his brother, Derrick Lwugi from Canada. He was to fly in at 10:25 am. But by 1:47 pm he was nowhere to be seen. A notice indicated that his flight, ET302 of Ethiopia Airlines, had been cancelled.
“We have no information till now. No one has told us anything,” he says.
“We communicated yesterday (Saturday) and he said he will be arriving at JKIA about 10:20 am. We were here by 10am,” he says.
He said his brother, who holds dual citizenship for both Kenya and Canada was travelling alone.

His wife Gladys Kivia told The Canadian Press that he was on his way to visit Kenya to visit her (wife) parents who live in the west of the country.Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore, 24, was one of 18 Canadians killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday [ photo courtesy]

CTV News Channel confirmed with her mother that her daughter Danielle who was travelling to attend UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. had died in the plane crash.According to her Facebook page, Moore studied marine biology at Dalhousie University and spent a month at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences in 2015.

Djordje Vdovic.

A Serbian state news agency said Djordje Vdovic of Serbia, who worked at the World Food Program, was also killed.

Paolo Dieci.

Paolo Dieci was the co-founder of The International Committee for the Development of Peoples or CISP. He was named as one of the victims.

Karoline Aadland (28) was traveling to Nairobi for a meeting. [photo courtesy]

The Red Cross of Norway confirmed that Karoline Aadland, a finance officer, was en route to Nairobi when the plane crashed.

Anton Hrnko broke the heartbreaking news on Facebook hours after the crash.

A Slovakian MP Anton Hrnko has confirmed “with deep sadness” that his wife and two children were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday.

Manisha Nukavarapu – Photo courtesy East Tennessee State University

Tennessee physician, Manisha Nukavarapu among those killed in crash, the University said in a statement.

By Odero Charles


PHOTOS: Faces of Kenyans who were on the crashed Ethiopian plane

Source The Standard Newspaper

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  1. Ladi Friday says

    May their soul rest in perfectly peace emen, chaii; what a painful , may d Lord have mercy on them.

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