Yesterday, on Wednesday, April 19, friends, family and colleagues of the last comedian Emmanuel Makori Nyambane aka Ayeiya, gathered at NPC Karen, for his funeral service.
“We used to hustle together and we referred to each other as Muchina [Chinese] (the local term which refers to a person who hops from place to place searching of a job). We met 10 years ago and became close friends. He was a hardworking man and every day we hustled, he would mention that he was doing it for his young family,” popular Churchill Show comedian Njoro said during the somber-filled service.
Ayeiya who was also known as AKA, passed on last Friday after he lost control of his car and hit a concrete pole. Inside the car was his wife whose whereabouts remained unknown, at least to the public, until yesterday.
During the service, Njoro, also a close friend of Ayeiya, read a moving tribute on behalf of the Churchill show crew. The late’s sister, Bosibori, remembered him as hardworking, God-fearing, humble, loving, caring, ever jovial and an inspirational person.
Then came the turn for his wife Alice, whose moving tribute moved the mourners to tears. She said:
“Tribute to my loving husband…….
Dear Emmanuel (Manu),
Manu, it hurts that I have to write this at such a time. Couldn’t imagine one day you would not be here. You were more than a partner to me, you were my friend, the only man our kid tamara called ‘daddy’. You made sure we became a prayerful family. I still have your dreams with me…
..Tamara will attend shule poa poa sana with the help of God. Why did you have to leave me alone? I still remember our best Valentine when you dedicated a Bible to me. You taught me virtues one needed in this world, since you were kind to everyone you always taught me about sharing, you were apologetic always. I have never seen a young man who loved his family like you did. Tamara will miss you, I don’t know how she will cope with the fact that you won’t be there to see her off to school.
I love you and will miss you my prayer partner. You used to tell me prayers solve everyone and even now that you are gone all I have is prayer and the joyful daughter you have left behind, she has your joke. It hurts to say this but goodbye my prayer partner, Manu, baba Tamara, babe and Ayeiyaa Poa Poa as your fans knew you. Till we meet again.”
Ayeiya will be laid to rest tomorrow (Friday, April 21) at his parents’ home in Nyansiongo, Kisii County alongside his grandmother who passed away a week ago.