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OPINION: Bob Collymore is gone, who is next to leave this world?



By Reuben Kigame

Have you ever stood on a queue and you hear the cashier or hospital attendant call, “next please?” That is the feeling I have as I write this to you. The main difference between death and someone calling the next person to move forwards is that we always know who is next, but for death, indeed none of us knows who NEXT ON LINE is.

Because of the “niceties” of life such as food, drink, being with family, graduating, sex, winning a tournament, getting a baby, etc, we always imagine that death is so far away from us; and we always believe that somebody else will go before us. … If you think that way, you are very wrong. … Or perhaps you imagine that, if you have money, a house, an education, BIG BUSINESS OR GOOD health, you will be here longer than those who are not as endowed as you. If you think this way, you are also wrong.

On Monday morning this week, Heaven called, “Next please!” And one of the most powerful people in the world, Bob Collymore, moved on.

So, between you and me, who is next?

If money could buy life or health, you can be sure Mr. Collymore would still be around, because Safaricom makes profits in billions of Kenya shillings (millions of dollars) and so the company would not have let its boss lack money for a hospital bill, no matter how much! No family member would have held any resource back to buy even a few more years. … If education was the criterion for a long life, then many of our professors would live long. If being smart in military tactics, terror and political intrigues was enough to buy life, then Idi Amin, Osama, Hitler, Napoleon, Mussolini, Mandela, Jomo Kenyatta and Julius Nyerere would still be alive.

May this be a reminder to everyone who gets to read this. May those among our African leaders who wish to die in power or steal votes to be ahead of everyone, those who change constitutions in order to hold onto power, those who steal from the government and from the taxes of the people, those who kill, those who thrive by exploiting others, etc, know that they will not do this forever. May those who fight for Church leadership, those who receive bribes to miscarry justice, those who promote decadent and destructive behaviour know that their time is short. May those who keep yelling that there is no God, those who are planning an abortion, those who are organizing the next march to promote gay rights, or anyone planning to cheat in an exam know that before midnight, before this week ends, in the next one year or several years, they will hear, “Next” and it will be time to face the Maker of this world and the Giver of life.

In the same way, please remember that even if you think you are so good or successful, people like you can be called at any time. Good behaviour does not cushion anyone against death. Bob was a good man in the eyes of many. What his standing was before God, we do not know. During the memorial service, his colleagues, family and friends, government leaders and clergy alike will say very good and kind things about him; but what does God say of him now? Even at a human level, we may still ask, what shall we say about you after you hear, “next” and move on? Michuki was a useful man to the Kenyan society. He is gone. Princess Diana and Mother Theresa both died on the same day, one remembered as a beauty queen and the other as charitable and lover of the poor and destitute. One of them died surrounded by money, royalty and media attention, the other in obscurity. God called “next” and they both left the world.

On Monday, Bob Collymore died. About twelve hours after him, God called “next” and my mentor, Dr. Norman Geisler, responded. About exactly five years ago, my mother-in-law, Joyce Oywaya, who participated in the writing of Kenya’s National Anthem, was called and she went. About thirteen years ago, Mercy Wanderwa, my wife of 15 years, was called at the age of 37 and she responded, leaving me with three children, 14, 12 and 2 years. At least for her, I know she was so right with God. Now my only desire is that when I or any member of my family is called, we will be as ready as she was.

So who is next? You or Me?

Let me conclude. Last week, Bob Collymore could still have responded to some questions by journalists, eaten or drunk something served by his wife or signed a cheque for his company. By Tuesday evening he had been reduced to ashes! Even the memorial service and all the speeches will be done with him missing. I doubt that his ashes would hear the sermon at All Saints Cathedral or any of the songs complete with the playing of the pipe organ which he would have enjoyed a great deal. Don’t ask me if the dead hear what we say. That we will discuss at the Pamoja Fellowships in future. … He is gone. That is it! Only God knows where next. … I have been challenged once more. If I were you, I would do my best to be ready when God says, “Next!” meanwhile, I will work even harder to leave a great legacy for God, my family and my country. Indeed that is all I do these days. And yes, I desire even more to spend quality time with my spouse, my children, my friends, and most of all, my God.

I have preached from the passage below, but let me let the words of this Psalm by Moses trickle deep into your soul as I simply recount them without commentary below:

Psalm 90:

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us

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  1. Ruth

    July 9, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Lovely psalm by king David.

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Nigerian gospel singer Sinach welcomes first child at 46



Nigerian gospel singer Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach and her husband Pastor Joe Egbu have welcomed their first child after five years of marriage.

During the Love World International music and arts awards (LIMA) founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome announced the good news while presenting her with an award for the song of the year, There’s An Overflow.

An award that earned the 46-year-old 100, 000 dollars in prize money.

“Thank you for that song, we are all excited with what the Lord has done in your life, of course in the life of many others standing with you here we just love you. And I told them, you just had a baby! So, everybody got excited,” said Pastor Chris.

With over 200 songs to her name, Sinach got married to Joe Egbu, a Christ Embassy’s Pastor, in 2014.

She is globally recognized for several hit songs which include, ‘Way Maker’, ‘I Know Who I Am’, ‘Great Are you Lord’, ‘Rejoice’, ‘He did it Again’, ‘Precious Jesus’, ‘The Name of Jesus’, ‘This Is my Season’ and ‘Awesome God’,

Sinach recently hit over 1 million subscribers on her Youtube channel, making her the only female gospel artiste in Nigeria, and, by extension Africa to hit that landmark.

The worship leader together with Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church, Reinhard Bonnke of Christ For all Nations (CFAN), Bishop Dag Heward-Mills of Lighthouse International, Nick Vujicic and Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director, Oxfam International among others made it to the list of 100 most reputable people on earth.


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Student sues Equity Bank over song



A university student who claims to have composed a popular song used by Equity Bank to promote its business has gone to court over a Sh10 million pledge, among other constitutional and fundamental reliefs.

Eric Obiero Nyadida, who was prosecuted at the instigation of the lender for forgery alongside his brother Geoffrey Nyadida Odongo then acquitted in October 2017 for lack of evidence, has urged the High Court to prohibit the bank from using the song to advertise its Wings to Fly education sponsorship project for bright but needy children.

Testifying before Justice Wilfrida Okwany, Mr Obiero said his rights were violated when he was locked up in a police cell with adults when he was 16.

He says he was denied his legal rights and access to his parents while in detention at Kileleshwa Police Station.

Mr Obiero, who is pursuing a Journalism course at a private university, told Justice Okwany over the last six years he has suffered mental anguish and violation of his property rights.

He said he was dragged through a criminal trial because he asked the bank to pay him Sh10 million as promised by senior officials of Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited and Equity Group Foundation (EGF) for using his song.

The petitioner says the lender has continued to use his work with no direct benefit going to him.

He is now asking the High Court to issue a conservatory order restraining EBL and EG) from using his piece of music in any of its advertisements on the internet, television, radio or any other media to popularise its EGF Wings to Fly project pending determination of the suit.

Mr Obiero is also seeking costs of the case. Hearing continues.


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VIDEO: Lauren urgently needs help , seeks a kidney from someone who is either ‘A’ or ‘O’ type blood



Lauren Fulford of Atlanta, Georgia, has been battling kidney failure for over 7 years and she’s running out of time! The situation is dire and only a transplant in the immediate future will save her life!

To learn more about the living donor process or to start testing, please contact Leanne Whitehead, RN, the Living Donor Coordinator at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and reference Lauren Fulford. Leanne’s number is 404.605.4605. Lauren can receive a kidney from a donor with
A or O blood type.

Here the story as told herself.


When I was 15 (1994), I was diagnosed with end stage-kidney failure due to immune-complex glomerulonephritis (in other words, my immune system attacked my kidneys and doctors were unable to determine why). Both kidneys I was born with had zero function at that point. Consequently, I was put on dialysis within four months of finding out I was sick.  I was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant from my father at age 16.  Dad’s kidney got me through high school, college, and most of graduate school.

Watch the video below:



Nine years after the transplant (at age 25), I learned that my body was rejecting the transplanted kidney.  Turns out that my anti-rejection medications were toxic to the kidney over time, and doctors should have switched me to newer medications…but didn’t.  I was once again back on dialysis.  Again, through the support of my wonderful family, I received a second transplant from my younger sister (my brother and other sister were tested but were not matches).  This time, I had multiple complications with the surgery and subsequent rejection episodes for the first six months.

Luren Fulford

Ultimately, my body accepted the kidney.


Fast forward six years to 2010…I consistently was not feeling well.  I was very anemic, always tired, and thought I had along-lasting case of the flu.  After months of blood work and tests, I found out that I was yet again in the early stages of kidney failure and began dialysis for a third time.  My doctor informed me that a trend was recently discovered, indicating that transplant recipients who have received two kidneys from immediate family members were rejecting the second transplant after five to seven years (it was previously expected to last ten plus years).  In addition, when I was having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, the doctor accidentally nicked the transplanted kidney, causing it to go into shock and it never fully recovered.  In 2012, the kidney was dead and had to be removed since it was making me sick.


I am now 39 years old.  I have been on dialysis for over seven years and it has many challenging effects.  I have been told that I am “highly sensitized” (I have high antibody counts) due to having two previous transplants.

My doctors told me that I have less than a 10% chance of finding a kidney.  To prove them wrong, my friends and family started the testing process but no match has been found.  I’m hopeful that someone out there will be a match but time is running out.


To start the donor testing process, contact Leanne Whitehead, RN, the Living Donor Coordinator at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and reference Lauren Fulford.
Leanne’s number is 404.605.4605.


Tell your friends and family and neighbors and Facebook friends and literally anyone you can think of about Lauren’s story – the more people that know, the more of a chance she has to find a donor and STAY ALIVE!

If you have additional questions, email

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