Kenya is still mourning the death of one of its comedians, with President Uhuru Kenyatta joining the foray, saying in his condolence message that Ayeiya Poa Poa’s signature will be remembered in the entertainment industry.
Real name Emmanuel Makori, Ayeya, also known as AKA, died after his car hit an electricity pole near the Catholic University of Eastern Africa on Magadi Road on Friday, April 14.
“Rest well. We will all remember your signature – Ayeiyaa – Poa! Poa!” President Kenyatta said via Twitter on Tuesday, April 18.
Uhuru asked Churchill Show creator Daniel Ndambuki aka Mwalimu Churchill, to pass his condolence message to his team of comedians.
The Head of State’s communication service, PSCU, said they were praying for Ayeiya’s family and the entire Churchill Show team.
“Rest Poa! Poa!” the statement by them also read.
Meanwhile, Lang’ata police boss Elijah Mwangi confirmed that Ayeiya was on his way home in the company of his wife, comedian Paul wa Kimani and Nairobi Half Life actor Maina Olwenya when the accident occurred at about 5am.
Upon learning of the vibrant comedian’s untimely death, leaders and members of the public alike took turns to eulogise him using hashtag #RIPAyeiya.
“Ayeiya was a master performer on stage with great young talent…gone too soon. May he rest in eternal peace,” Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke said.
Churchill who has played a pivotal role in the Kenya comedy scene, said they were praying for Ayeiya’s family.