VIDEO: Bob Collymore’s wife Wambui gives a touching tribute during memorial
Bob Collymore believed a person is a person no matter how small, this is according to his wife Wambui.She expressed her gratitude to all Kenyans and especially strangers who saluted the convoy as they headed to the crematorium on Tuesday. She was glad that people acknowledged that Bob had left a mark in their lives.In honour of her husband, a man everyone said was an inspiration, Wambui urged Kenyans to be gentle, considerate and kind saying that is what makes one stand out.
It is in the same breath that Wambui encouraged Kenyans. “Never be ashamed of who you are. Never apologise for what you have. Never let people decide how you should feel about yourself. Be proud of yourself and your achievement.”Wambui Collymore told the mourners at All Saint Cathedral, Nairobi how Bob had chosen to give them all eight minutes of music and a video was played to the mourners.“He (Bob) chose the piece, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber for his memorial and as a gift to you all,” she said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, on the other hand, shared how Bob called him in the wee hours of the morning while on a trip to Canada.”I asked him, Bob, why are you calling me at 2 o’clock in the morning?” Uhuru said. But Bob told him he was not aware of his foreign trip.
During the same call to Uhuru, Bob said: “There is something urgent I wanted to tell you, but I guess it can wait. But I just wanted to tell you, I made you a promise that I’d hang on for another year or so in the company (Safaricom), but I think I’m going to break that promise.”
According to Uhuru, Bob loved four things: “Bob loved Kenya, like his home country, He loved Safaricom as if it was his company, he loved his wife and children dearly, the fourth one I will not mention.”Upon his arrival from Canada, Uhuru said: “I spent three hours with Bob, where he told me about his vision for Safaricom and the country. We talked about how to deal with the moral fabric of society that has collapsed.”Bob leaves behind a wife and four children.
By Mercy Asamba