Joe Mwadulo: Emotional tributes for Kareh B’s son at his memorial service

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Joe Mwadulo: Emotional tributes for Kareh B’s  son at his memorial service

Mugithi artist Kareh B and her family is today holding a memorial service for her late son Joe Mwadulo at Citam Church in Karen, Nairobi County.

Kareh B (real name Mary Gioche) lost her son on April 1, through a road accident in Kisumu County as he was heading home for the April school holidays.

In an emotional tribute read by actor Mbeki Mwalimu, Joe Mwadulo was described as generous, sharp, joyous and favoured child through his 17 years of life.

He was born in 2006 at Thogoto Hospital in Kiambu County. Mwadulo topped his class throughout primary school before joining Chavakali Boys High School.

A sports enthusiast, he joined the school’s basketball team and was the assistant captain at the time of his demise.

According to the eulogy, Mwadulo used his talent to draw in fellow students affected by drug and substance abuse.

“He helped one boy who was addicted to drugs, helped him join the basketball and eventually the boy reformed. That is how Joe was remembered,” read part of the eulogy.

The ever-smiling student took particular interest in Geography, Christian Religious Education (CRE) and Kiswahili subjects.

He was also one of the founders of a club aimed at speaking up on issues affecting the boy child.

“Joe was the one who came up with that idea. The podcast really is just a space where we talk about issues affecting us such as girls back at home, drugs and so on,” one of his friends narrated at the memorial.

Coincidentally, his mother spoke on the same issue a week to the boy’s untimely demise.

Taking to her Facebook page, musician Kareh B questioned why the boy child was perishing.

“Do we talk to the boy child enough? It’s very sad that we are burying them so young,” she wrote.

Joe Mwadulo was the only student who perished among a group of students aboard an Easy Coach bus on Monday evening.

Kareh B over the weekend faulted Transport and Education cabinet secretaries Kipchumba Murkomen and Ezekiel Machogu respectively. She questioned policies allowing travelling of minors at night and traffic rules applied on the roads.

Mwadulo was set to sit for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination later this year. He hoped to pursue an Aviation course after completing his secondary school studies.