The Churchill Show and the whole of Kenya’s entertainment industry has suffered a huge loss following the demise of one of its rising stars.
Comedian Emmanuel Makori Nyambane popularly known as Ayeiya Poa Poa has passed away. Ayeiyaa died in an auto accident on the morning of Friday 14th April, near Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).
The comedian was traveling in his Premio with the company of his wife, actor Maina Olwenya, comedian Paul Wakimani Ogutu and a friend when the accident happened.
Specific details of the incident are not yet known with tributes from the comedy industry’s heavyweights pouring in.
The Churchill Show owner, Daniel Ndambuki (Mwalimu Churchill), confirmed Ayeiya’s death in a series of tweets this morning.
We are waking up to Very sad news of the passing of one of our Comedians, Emmanuel Makori (AKA) our thoughts and prayers are with his family pic.twitter.com/KskFNZDUaK
— Churchill (@MwalimChurchill) April 14, 2017
Ken Waudo also confirmed the sad news saying:
“Guys it’s indeed true Ayeiya is no more. [I] just called Wakimani’s number it was picked by a lady by the name Ann. They are at Kenyatta [National Hospital]. Ayeiya didn’t make it but the wife and Wakimani are admitted. The accident occurred near CUEA. The Premio hit an electric post. That’s the info am getting but yet to confirm the whole story.”
A photo from the accident scene.
Ayeiya was one of the finest comedians to perform on Kenya’s most popular comedy show. His appearances were, however, scaled down in recent time but every time he came on, he thrilled the audience.
Political leaders and KOT have joined in eulogizing the comedian through the hashtag #RIPAyeiya.
Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke said: “Ayeiya was a master performer on stage with great young talent, gone too soon. May he rest in eternal peace.”
Classic FM presenter Larry Asego said: “My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Wavinya Ndeti said: “Ayeiya was a great performer and an inspiration to many youths. I join fellow Kenyans in mourning his demise.”
“Shocked and saddened by the demise of my good friend. My whole crew is gone. First it was Reina then Rhino Kukuni and now Ayeiya,” Leon Lidigu said.
#RIPAyeiya it's a bad day on a Good Friday…condolences to the family. Kenya is mourning with you
— musimbi vivian (@MusimbiVivian) April 14, 2017
— Collan Sang 🐦 (@BoyCollan) April 14, 2017
May He Rest In Peace.