The Big Boys! A look at Collymore’s closest friends

The Late Bob Collymore and his circle of the ‘Big Boys’ Photo: Twitter

Bob Collymore will remain etched in the minds of Kenyans for a long long time to come. He carved his name our hearts and minds with the permanent ink of kindness and humanity. Bob lived a high-end life and his impact stretches beyond time and space. His victory was the defeat of poverty, illiteracy and disease.

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Left to Right: Alykhan Satchu, Patrick Quarcoo (kneeling), Joshua Oigara, Bob Collymore, Bharat Thakrar, Peter Kenneth and Jeff Koinange during their final meeting on Saturday, June 29, 2019./ Courtesy

His magnanimity was an archive of selflessness. Death has snatched from us the best of humanity, but his unbroken spirit remains connected with existence. He was a regular guy who just happened to run the biggest Telco in East and Central Africa! As Jeff Koinange held a tribute edition with his close friends, we learnt pretty much about friendships. They reflected on the life, times and person of Bob Collymore.

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The Big Boys at the JKL interview, recalling moments with Bob Collymore

The ‘boys club’ is made up of  Peter Kenneth, Citizen TV News Anchor Jeff Koinange, Scan group CEO Bharat Thakrar, British High Commissioner Nic Hailey and Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Joshua Oigara. Below are Bob’s friends named the ‘Big Boys’:

Peter Kenneth

Peter Kenneth and Bob Collymore having a good time

Peter Kenneth is a Kenyan politician, a former MP of Gatanga Constituency. In 2017, he was a gubernatorial aspirant for Nairobi under the Jubilee party. Kenneth is one of the 25 shareholders of the Mayfair Bank, the newest bank in Kenya located in upper hill. He has been one of the closest friends to the late Bob Collymore.

Bob Collymore and Peter Kenneth Photo: Courtesy

Joshua Oigara

Joshua Nyamweya Oigara is the current Group Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Commercial Bank Group, the biggest banking group in Kenya by asset base. At age 37, his appointment in November 2012 to replace the outgoing CEO Martin Oduor-Otieno made him the youngest CEO of a publicly traded bank at the NSE.

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Joshua Nyamweya Oigara and Bob Collymore, Photo: Courtesy

Prior to his appointment, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Company between January 12, 2012 and January 2013. He also served as Group Chief Financial Officer at KCB Bank Group for East Africa.

Bharat Thakrar

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Bob Collymore and Bharat Thakrar Photo: Courtesy

Bharat Thakrar, a Kenyan national, is the founder and CEO of WWP Scan group, East Africa’s largest Integrated Marketing Communications company. In 1982, Thakrar founded Scanad, his first advertising agency, and through a blend of organic growth and acquisitions, built it into Scan group, an African marketing communications behemoth that is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of more than $70 million.

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Bharat Thakrar at Bob’s Wedding, Photo: Courtesy

Lamin Manjang

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Lamin Manjang and Bob Collymore, Photo: Courtesy

Lamin Manjang is the Chief Executive Officer Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria but was formally the CEO of Standard Chartered Kenya. Lamin has over 17 years of banking experience with Standard Chartered Bank across Africa and the Middle East. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Kenya, Lamin was the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Oman. He has also been the CEO in Uganda and Sierra Leone and was responsible for the overall growth and development of the bank’s business in those countries.

Jeff Koinange

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Jeff Koinange and Bob Collymore on JKL, Photo: Courtesy

Jeff is a Citizen TV journalist who hosts JKL live, and had this to say about Bob:

“Two days before he died, our group went to his house to hang out with him. As usual, that broad smile greeted us at the door. He was in pain. We could see that. He said his spine was ‘killing’ him but he walked us in, his back straight as a rod. We sat down and me being the youngest served everyone with drinks.”

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Photo: Twitter


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