In Loving Memory
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Tributes to Chris Kirubi

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Nabii McKnight & Associates 15th July 2021 at 7:12pm

Thank you CK for inspiring many to dream big and put in the work. Fare thee well.

cyrus wambua 13th July 2021 at 12:44pm

he was agood mentor

damiano 29th June 2021 at 8:56pm

i met Mr. Kirubi once in Milan during the Expo. I didn't know him but he soon asked me to join him and we spent the afternoon together. He was brilliant yet full of humility. I consider people like him difficult to find. A true leader, an example for young generations and a real hope for african countries.

Rest in Peace

Sigona Golf Club 24th June 2021 at 1:32pm

It is with deep sorrow that the Sigona fraternity has learnt of the transition of Mr. Chris Kirubi on Monday, June 14th, 2021.

On behalf of the Sigona Board of Directors and members, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to the entire family.

We pray that the almighty God will rest his soul in eternal peace and give you strength as you move on.

Yours sincerely,

For: Sigona Golf Club

Njoroge Ngahu.

Chairman

Embassy of the United States of America, Nairobi, Kenya 24th June 2021 at 1:27pm

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Kenya, I would like to extend our sincere condolences on the death of Capital FM’s Chairman, Chris Kirubi. Our thoughts are with Mr. Kirubi’s family and friends, and the staff and listeners of Capital FM.

Although “DJ CK,” as he was known to friends, is no longer with us, we recognize and celebrate his accomplishments not only as an investor in the media industry, but also a supporter of media freedom, and someone who enhanced employment opportunities for journalists and sought to expand the media space in Kenya.

Please accept our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Eric Kneedler

Chargé d'affaires, a.i.

Lipika Goyal, Mass General Hospital, Boson, MA 24th June 2021 at 12:01pm

It is with deep sadness in my heart that I share a few words of remembrance of Chairman Kirubi. I wish I had met the Chairman under other circumstances but it was certainly one of the great honors of my career that he allowed me to be his oncologist. I remember meeting him in 2017 in his hospital room in Mass General Hospital in Boston, and I remember feeling immediately magnetized to him. He was charming and disarming even in one of his darkest hours, and he put me at ease in a moment that I was supposed to put him at ease.


From the very first days of taking care of the Chairman, I knew I was in the presence of a man with great character. We used to talk for hours as he shared about his childhood, his philosophies about business, and his approach to leadership. I listened to his radio station where he inspired young people to achieve. The two qualities of Chris Kirubi that I learned were the secret to his success were a commitment to excellence and a respect of people. As many people have mentioned, the Chairman was not shy of doing hard work, and excellence was habit for him, not an act. And he always showed people that he valued them, and because he respected and deeply believed in himself, so, too, he respected and deeply believed in others.

 

From the very beginning, the Chairman did not want to know about prognosis. He did not want to know the statistics about average lifespan for people with his condition because he knew it didn’t apply to him. What the Chairman knew from Day 1 and what I came to learn about him was that he was an outlier. This man was a born outlier. He was an outlier in business, he was an outlier in government, and dealing with cancer was no exception. The Chairman lived for 4 years with this cancer, a milestone that only 1% of patients with his type of cancer are able to reach.

 

Over these last 4 years, the Chairman faced his illness with what I have come to understand is the Kirubi way: combining tenacity and grace in equal measure to stare down any problem. He braved all the side effects of chemotherapy, coming to appointment after appointment, while also managing to charm my entire team at Mass General. Every nurse, every secretary, every cafeteria worker, and every sweeper would stop him to ask him how he was doing. He took a genuine interest in people and people took a genuine interest back. 

 

In the course of caring for the Chairman with a team of doctors and nurses, I had the privilege of seeing the qualities that earned him leadership in Kenya and globally. He used soft power rather than hard power to gain collaboration rather than compliance. He set a vision of trans-Atlantic healthcare between Kenya and Boston that inspired us to rally for a common purpose. He had unfailing optimism and challenged us to ferret out solutions to even the hardest of problems. And he treated everyone on the team with respect and inspired fierce loyalty from all of us. This was the man that Chris Kirubi was.

 

In addition to getting to know many of the Chairman’s divine qualities, I was fortunate to get to know him as a human being. I will let you in on a little secret about the Chairman that I learned. He had a penchant for paranthas! Delicious greasy paranthas. He had a love for all Indian food in fact. When his appetite was low from chemotherapy, I would bring Indian food to his home, and we would feast together. He was warm and generous and welcomed me into his home. And in the process, I learned another secret about him. Chairman Kirubi was a talented chef! He gave me the honor of cooking dinner for me one night, and the chicken and rice cooked by his hand…wow, it was out of this world.

 

I also had the pleasure of getting to know his beautiful daughter Mary-Ann, his son Robert, his niece Joyce, and his assistant Beverly. Their love, advocacy, provocative questions, and good humor made them all essential partners in his care, as was his local oncologist, Dr. VJ Narayanan. The Chairman had great admiration for his children, and I know he felt he was leaving his legacy in very capable hands.

 

One of the great privileges of my work is getting to meet the angels that walk among us on this earth. Chris Kirubi was one of those angels, and his legacy will no doubt take many forms. One form, and perhaps one of the most important forms for all of us as human beings, is the footprints he left on the hearts of others. He was generous and inspiring and he lived his life by the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr, who said, “Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” Chris Kirubi dedicated his life to doing for others, and I will dearly miss him. May you Rest in Peace, my dear Chairman.

 


BOWMANS 23rd June 2021 at 10:44am

I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your Chairman, Mr Chris Kirubi yesterday. Our firm and many of our partners had known Mr. Kirubi for several years. He was a legendary business man and an inspiration to many Kenyans, especially the youth. Our dealings with him had always been enjoyable and we had tremendous respect for him as a friend and client of the firm.


Please accept our firm's sincere condolences. Whilst Mr. Kirubi's presence will be sorely missed, his lessons will be with all of us forever. Please also convey our condolences to the whole Centum family.


May his soul rest in peace.


Kind regards,

PARAS V SHAH

Managing Partner

Ashleys Kenya Limited 23rd June 2021 at 10:36am

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the unfortunate demise of Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi, who was a corporate giant and visionary. On behalf of Ashleys Kenya Limited, I would like to pass my heartfelt commiserations and condolences on the passing of a great man.


This is an immense loss as he was big part of us choosing the Two Rivers as a preferred location for an Ashleys Coiffure & Spa, as his vision was so persuasive and compelling.


On a personal level his loss is all more painful as he was a friend of the family.


We pray that God comforts and guides the family and the entire Centum fraternity as you navigate this great loss.


Yours Faithfully,


TERRY MUNGAI, EBS

FOUNDER & CEO, ASHLEYS KENYA LIMITED

MAJID AL FUTTAIM 23rd June 2021 at 10:28am

It is with complete shock that we received the news of the sudden passing of long-serving director of Centum Investment PLC and Chairman of the Company's Board Finance and Investment Committee, Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi EBS.


On behalf of Majid Al Futtaim Retail Kenya and on my own behalf, allow me to offer most profound condolences to the family, friends and the entire Centum Investment Company PLC for the passing on of Dr. Chris Kirubi.


For us at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, we do not only recognize Dr. Kirubi as a successful business personality, but also as a thorough gentleman and an instrumental business partner who was always there to support Carrefour Kenya when we were setting up our operations. I have had the honour of meeting Dr. Kirubi personally several times and have always learnt something inspiring every time.


We pay our respects to Dr. Kirubi for his contribution to the betterment of the lives of many Kenyans particularly through the creation of businesses which employ thousands of people and play a major role in the economic development of the country. We will remain enriched and continue to draw inspiration from his legacy as a recognized and respected businessman.


Please convey our heartfelt condolences to the whole of Centum Investment Company PLC. We take this opportunity to wish you and the team strength during this painful period.


May His Soul Rest in Peace.


Yours faithfully,

Franck Moreau

Country Manager - East Africa

Tazama Africa 23rd June 2021 at 10:10am

It was with profound grief that we have learnt of the passing away of Dr. Chris Kirubi. He was a very well respected customerof our Tazama Gallery Ltd.


We will miss his charismatic personality and business acumen.


Please accept our deepest condolences to the management of Centum Investments PLC, his related companies, family and the friends of the deceased.


May the ALMIGHTY rest his soul in eternal peace.


Yours Faithfully,

TAZAMA AFRICA LTD.

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