Kenyan immigrant Joseph Musau who helped Many friends dies in Olathe KS

Kenyan immigrant Joseph Musau who helped Many friends dies in Olathe KS
Kenyan immigrant Joseph Musau who helped Many friends dies in Olathe KS

For over 40 years since he moved to the United States of America, Joseph Musau assumed the role of a man radiating hope and success to his kin back in Kenya.

Born in a small village near Nairobi in 1962, Musau developed an innate passion for going to America to advance his education as well as achieve the American dream.

When he recently passed on, his story was covered by one of the local newspapers – the Kansas City Star – detailing his remarkable life from a Kenyan village to one of the city’s most respected residents.

His wife, Esther Muiruri, narrated that her husband’s rise to the top had not been easy. He first landed in the US aged 19 years after securing a spot at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe but needed another job to make ends meet.

He soon after got a job as gardening and handyman for an American couple based in Kansas City who treated him as one of their own. One time, they bought him a new car after his own broke down beyond repair.

“From that particular time, he just wanted to pass along. If somebody had a problem with a car, he would go and help…to give them rides,” stated his wife Muiruri.

The kind gesture from the couple touched his heart so much that he took care of the old lady who was now placed in a mental facility and diagnosed with dementia. He would take her to the salon and clean her clothes, reciprocating the good deed he had received from the couple.

His good deeds also extended to his fellow Kenyans who were increasingly immigrating to the US in search of a better life, some who had been influenced by Musau.

According to the publication, which had highlighted the story as part of his life’s celebration, noted that Musau would help other Kenyans settle in the US and would help them secure visas by avoiding the lengthy process he was subjected to himself.

After his graduation, he secured employment as a salesman for numerous companies including Harlan Global where he was tasked with selling airplane and car parts.

Despite his busy schedule, however, he never lost sight of his family and prioritised education for his children to ensure that they were well equipped

“He was very quiet, with a very soft demeanour, but accepting and welcoming. As much as he was soft-spoken, he was very purposeful — you know, like somebody with a purpose,” added Muiruri.

He was, however, diagnosed with cancer nearly two and a half years ago and passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. He was aged 59 years.

He is survived by his wife and three children Daisy Wambua, Musau Wambua and Sam Wambua as well as his parents and siblings.




Kenyan immigrant Joseph Musau who helped Many friends dies in Olathe KS

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