Bob Collymore the Guyana Born national, proved to the world that having a string of degrees and certificates, does not always guarantee a clear path to success.
Collymore was born in Guyana where he was raised by his grandparents at an early age. He later moved to join his mother who was living in the United Kingdom and it was there that he attended Selhurst High School.
After graduating, he was offered a place at Warwick university but could not even make it as he was not qualified for funding and there after dwindling his childhood dream, but he was not aware then that the same was the beginning of a journey to something else.
He thereafter had no choice but to work meager jobs in various positions in the Telecommunication industry in the UK like Cellnett, Dixon and retail Vodafone Group.
In 2003 he moved to Japan to manage the integration of J-Phone into the Vodafone Group and in 2006 he became the director for Africa at Vodafone and its subsidiary Safaricom.
In 2010 he was appointed CEO of Safaricom till his sad demise on the morning of July 1, 2019.
Bob Collymore married his third wife, Wambui Kamiru, on 2nd April 2016 in an exclusive invitation-only wedding at an up-scale market residence in Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Collymore met Kamiru in Nairobi during a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011.
Wambui was part of the event in her capacity as an alma mater and Collymore was there representing Safaricom foundation with the fundraising.
Bob was a carrier of hope, faith and wisdom, Wisdom that helped him to efficiently take over Safaricom from his predecessor Michael Joseph and steer it to great heights of prosperity even at a time when he was still in poor health.
He however never gave up and as he fought bravely his Leukemia condition, Safaricom remained always on top and constantly on his mind as he never wanted anything to go wrong.
A giant who became a household name and who was seen by many as a Kenyan more than a foreigner from a relatively small island called Guyana.
He dined Kenyan, intermingled freely the Kenyan style, helped the needy in society and in short lived as a Kenyan who would turn many people’s heads wherever he was spotted.
In life and in death this great son of the Universe will always be remembered not as a foreigner, but as a hard working individual that transformed the giant Safaricom company to be on top of other cell phone provider companies and more so maintaining the unique Mpesa sending money technology.
It is obvious that had he lived longer, Bob would definitely have retired in Kenya as it was a country that he came to love after meeting the hospitable Kenyan people and more so his soul mate Wambui Kamiru.
He surely leaves a name in the annals of history of great men whose name will be forever remain engraved in the corridors of time like constellation of stars in the universe.
We in Kenyan Parents in USA wish to convey our sincere condolences to all those he left behind as their care giver and do hope that a foundation in remembrance of Bob will be started soon if its not already in place.
KENYAN PARENTS IN USA
BOARD MEMBER CENTRAL ORGANIZATION FOR DIASPORA UNITY(C.O.D.U.)