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Hon. Edith Nyenze, MP Kitui West wrote on December 19, 2020 at 2:33 am
My condolences to the family and friends of Hon. Joe Nyagah.
Fare thee well our family friend. You were a close friend to my late husband Hon. Francis Nyenze. I remember that at one time you were cabinet ministers together. When he lost his seat as MP and at a young age, you appointed him as chairman of the task force which investigated pyramid schemes This time you were the Cooperative and Livestock minister and he was jobless. We remain forever grateful for this kind gesture.
May your soul rest in peace as you join your friend.
John Ngumi wrote on December 19, 2020 at 1:57 am
My banking mentor. And a seriously good bloke too: funny, witty, cultured, with a bonhomie that belied a first class intellect

I met Joe in the early 1980s, and never ceased to be amazed at the range of interests this polymath had. Banking, definitely. But he was more than a banker. He was also an all round corporate leader, a national politician, an effective administrator in that juggernaut we call the Kenya government

Above all, Joe thought deeply and long about Kenya, its past, which informed its present, which in turn positioned it for the future. He loved this country fiercely, his pain clearly evident whenever we underachieved as a Nation.

Joe was a throwback to a time when giant personalities bestride the Kenyan landscape; broad minded, big hearted, willing to dare and to be unconventional. We will kiss him
Felix Kiprono Chelaite wrote on December 19, 2020 at 1:07 am
My sincere condolences to the family, I know it's hard to loose a beloved one. Pray that may God give the family strength and encouragement during this hard moments. You fought a good fight, lead in an exemplary manner. I will remember you as person who was gunenue and straight. Rest in peace kiongozi.
Sting ngoroi wrote on December 19, 2020 at 12:37 am
Fare thee boss,.. You didn't just act like a boss in my life but a father who took me from unknown to known.... Without you nothing could be what I am,... As life itself is a joke death is another joke... For the legacy stand's ... We the "watu wako" don't moan but cerebrate the knowledge you passed over...r.i.p sir Joe
Wanja Florence wrote on December 18, 2020 at 11:24 pm
Mheshimiwa if I were to write about you, am not sure when I would finish the write up. You got me frm my village in Mbeere, took me to college and after I finished,you gave me a job as your Personal Assistant, based at parliament buildings, a place I am to date. Coming from a very humble background,I was so naive and did not know so much but you patiently mentored me to be the woman I am today. At my young age, you introduced me to great leaders of this nation and I can proudly say that I am where I am because of you. I remember when you thought of vying for the biggest seat in this Nation, you told me about it and I encouraged you to go for it. We toured every part of the country selling your manifesto and I can proudly say, ulijaribu mheshimiwa.When I got the news of your demise, I cried my heart out, and wished that God could make you return. I still cry to date my mentor, boss and great friend. I promise that I will honour you by following each and every advice that you gave me. Fare thee well Joe, I will greatly miss you. May your soul r.i.p. Florence Wanja, your former Personal Assistant
Northwestern University and Kellogg School of Management - The African Alumni Group wrote on December 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm
When we think of Joe Nyagah and how to describe him, many words come to mind with just one standing out. Genius. That may not be enough as we may ask ourselves, a genius of what exactly among other questions? To answer this, we can say many things define his genius. Now for us, his fellow alumni of Northwestern University, we think of him as a value and ethic driven leader, accomplished politician, Diplomat without borders, Scholar, Banker and many other amazing talents that if we continue could fill up pages.

For many geniuses, education sharpens them and Joe was no exception. His sharpening happens in many places from the early days in Alliance High School, followed by University of Nairobi and the Northwestern University in USA studying at Ivy League Kellogg School of Management in the late seventies. As a gifted scholar, learning came very naturally to Joe but we were surprised by his desire to teach. He would later return to Kellogg School of Management in 2009 to work with African Business Club to launch the first Africa Business Conference as Guest Speaker. It was here that we met him and interacted with him. We could tell right away, Northwestern hard sharped him through and through. We started noticing a few things about him that connected him deeply to Northwestern University. One example was his favorite color – purple. People who love Northwestern dorn purple and Joe was exception – we concluded Joe Nyagah

So why did Joe Nyagah love Northwestern and the Kellogg School of Management and connect with this so much. There are many reasons why one can fall in love with Northwestern University. The Kellogg School of Management is a top MBA program located in the Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan area. Founded in 1908, Kellogg is one of the oldest business schools in the world and has made significant scholar contributions. Most recently, Kellogg's 2-year MBA Program was ranked No. 3 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and No. 4 globally by The Economist. In 2019, it opened a new $400 million building called Global Hub. This building elevated Kellogg as it became most admired among the MBA programs worldwide.

Honorable Joe Nyagah graduated from Kellogg in 1977 with a master degree majoring in Finance and would return in 2009. We invited him to speak at Black Management Association conference and his impact was instant and powerful. However, this was an African American conference student led organization and few of us felt Africa Business club should have its own conference. The next year, through Joe assistance, networking and super connections, Kellogg granted us permission to host the first Africa Business Conference in 2010.
It is from here that Joe often referred to himself as the patron of Kellogg African students. Years later, he would host students in Nairobi and entertain visiting fellow alumni in Nairobi.

One of the many hosted is Varsay Sirleaf class of 2011 from Liberia who moved to Kenya to work for World Bank in Upper Hill regional offices, Nairobi.
“When Susan and I arrived in Nairobi, it was Joe who took us under his wing and introduced us to many of his personal and business contacts. He became Uncle Joe to us and his personal contacts became like family. His business contacts fueled my business success in Kenya. We will miss him dearly” said Varsay (Liberia), class of 2010.

“Every time I return to Nairobi, Joe would take me to lunch in a posh place and we would talk for hours. Often about Kellogg and Northwestern University. Time just flew by so fast due to Joe’s charming stories as a banker, diplomat and politician – my favorite was life in Kenya in the late 70s” explains Dr. Chitavi (Kenya), class of 2011.

"I remember very clearly in 2008-10 while at Kellogg, Hon Nyagah’s wholesome support for the African Business students. He played a crucial part in launching the Kellogg Africa Business conference in 2010 where he was also the keynote speaker. Joe’s contributions was immense, it was the weight of his profile as well as his active support behind the scenes that made the difference. As the student chair of the conference I couldn’t be more grateful for Joe’s efforts.
You can understand my joy at reconnecting with Joe earlier this year. Through the Kellogg Africa Alumni group platform we had some great discussions with Joe about his plans for his beloved country Kenya. Unfortunately death has now cut short those plans, however his legacy and life’s work continues with many of us young Africans that have had the privilege to cross paths with this great man.
Joe in many ways was a giant and may his soul rest in peace" explains Oyefeso (Nigeria), class of 2010.

“I first met Joe at one of the Africa Business Conferences in Evanston. He shared stories about the business environment in Africa, laughed a lot and he was always so pleasant to be around. I often referred to him as our “elder statesman”. His love for Northwestern-Kellogg was real as evidenced by his continuous involvement with the school. He will be missed greatly” writes Olu Jolaoso (Nigeria), class of 2009.

“I met Joe about ten years ago when I reached out to him on a visit to Nairobi. Even though it was short notice, he cleared his diary and devoted the best part of the day to getting to know me. It was the beginning of a friendship that I treasured so much. You will be dearly missed” wrote Elikem (Ghana), class of 2003

During the 2017 Presidential campaign, Joe requested that the Kellogg administrators be informed and alumni updated about his work. Again showing how dedicated he was to Northwestern and his desire to remain connected with his alma mater. This set up a series of joy activities in social media and phone calls. True enough the color of the campaign was purple.

As a fellow alumni and friend, we join you all to celebrate the life of Joe Nyagah with humility and gratefulness. To us, meeting Joe and interacting with him be it at conferences, professional setting Socially is a big big honor and that memory will not wash away. May his soul Rest in everlasting Peace.
Jane Wanyoike and Family ( Limarge) wrote on December 18, 2020 at 8:19 pm
RIP my humorous bro. We loved you but God loved you more.
Kennedy Njiru Mbogori and Family wrote on December 18, 2020 at 7:21 pm
Our profound condolences to the family friends and relatives. May he shine on his way to heaven, and may your family friends and relatives find solace in our collective condolences, and the outpouring messages of moral support. Your family is in our thoughts and in our prayers
Margaret Macharia wrote on December 18, 2020 at 6:52 pm
Fare thee well Mhesh Dr.Joe.
May you dance with the Angels till we meet again. .
May God console the Nyagas during this very trying moments.
Eng. Dennis Nyabuto wrote on December 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm
May God's grace be with you in the realm beyond.
I wish to console the family for the loss of a loved one and grieve with the nation for the loss of a truly great man. As an Alliance alumni like me he lived by the code of conduct that guides us all; Strong to Serve.
Seventh Day Adventist Church Rwika wrote on December 18, 2020 at 5:21 pm
SDA fraternity are with you at this moment of grief. Hon. Joseph has been with us in God's vineyard. He laboured with us in construction of the walls of this church. We look foward to the glorious celebration at advent when we will be adorned as stars.
Daniel 12:2; Revelation 21:4
Uncle Eliud Wanjao & Family wrote on December 18, 2020 at 5:03 pm

Uncle Eliud Wanjao’s family remembering Muthee as an extra ordinary person during these very dark hours. Muthee believed in peoples dreams and always helped turn them in to reality. One example was when we were exploring the idea for our daughter to study in USA. When we decided to seek Muthee’s guidance and direction, he took everything to heart and brought our dream into fruition. With confidence, caring and reassurance he followed and made it possible.

R-Mercy Wanjao (Seattle) remembering how I was sent to go to Nairobi to meet with Joe for visa application/interview and for currency exchange in preparation for my travels to U.S.A. I mostly remember the smiles and that Joseph became “loco Parentis” (in place of my parents) until all was set. In addition, he gave me my very own first cheque and asked me to open an account with it in USA. Everything Joe did for me made me feel extraordinarily special. However, upon sharing this information with my other cousins and brothers, I learned over the years that he had done this for all of us. He believed and valued every person’s dream.

…fast forward whenever I saw Joe, he would tell me jokes, all jokingly suggesting he was more like my father in terms of age and we would laugh. I would in turn tell those jokes or verify with my parents to which my parents would fondly laugh. My parents, up to now, would then start “If it were not for Joe, …..). Deep inside I know Joe highly contributed to who I am today.

Additionally after that episode of Joe with our family I (Caesar)again met him after I came from India and I was living with my brother Wachira where he was a next door neighbour at miotoni road Karen. I was then a student in Kenya school of law. Joe would look out for me and give me a lift and always say if your "uncle " oh am your cousin ? then if that is so am your very big cousin " does not buy you a soda who ever will " he would always give me ksh 1000. One thousand shillings then was like 20000k today . He would later involve us in various serious matters after the bomb blast and when he was minister for lands ,He believed in us as cousins and as Wanjao and Wanjau advocates and supported us to the hilt.

Joe your memories remind us of a big brothers mentorship and a believer in people's dreams.

May you live forever in the company of angels (and all the stars in the skies)
To the Nyagahs may Joe's memories inspire you and all of us to continue supporting humanity.
May God give you comfort strength and peace . Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and the entire Nyagahs family.
May your best memories of Joe remain with you forever!
Becky Diaspora wrote on December 18, 2020 at 4:39 pm
My Sincere Condolences to the family of Hon. Joe Nyagah.
When we first met you really encouraged me to start the FIRST Diaspor Sacco and I did with your help you even came to London to launch it. From there on you baptised me ' Becky Diaspora '
You will be dearly and truly missed by the Kenyans in the Diaspora.
You were thoughtful, kind and generous to a fault.
I still cannot believe you are gone but you have left a great legacy which we shall always remember you.
Amb. (Dr. ) Amina Mohamed wrote on December 18, 2020 at 4:36 pm
Condolence Message to the Family and Friends of the Late Hon. Joseph Nyagah

I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Hon. Joseph William Nyagah, a dear friend and colleague with whom I had the great honour to serve on various issues of national importance including the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) during his tenure as the National Coordinator.

Hon. Nyagah was an admirable leader whose public service ethos and dedication to the greater national good earned him the unquestionable respect of all who worked for and with him. He will be remembered for his excellent stewardship of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects which opened up our country impacting the lives of millions of people through enhanced transport and technological connectivity.

As a Cabinet Minister, his resolve to better the lives of those in marginalised communities through scalable cooperative society structures will be recalled for having improved communal service delivery, contributing to a sustainable ‘post-independence’ harambee model today credited with massive economic advancement across the country.

His personable nature and unbounded patriotic commitment to our country leaves a lasting and inspiring legacy which will reverberate for years to come.

I pray that God grants His family the fortitude to bear this loss.
Sangita Dave wrote on December 18, 2020 at 4:20 pm
He was a good man, gentle & strong.
Kind & intelligent!
May God give his family peace during this time.
Mukami Gatonye wrote on December 18, 2020 at 4:19 pm
Joe Rest it is your time!
We shall miss you.
Mary, Norman, Murugi & the entire J Nyaga family may God comfort you at this very sad time!
MURUGI KARIUKI C.L wrote on December 18, 2020 at 3:47 pm
Our hearts were heavy the day we learnt of your demise. Rwika,Kamutungi and Rianjeru villages will dearly miss you. Your charisma in leadership will never be forgotten. Fare thee well our icon and son of the soil. Till we meet again on that beautiful shore. It is well.
Daphne (Rwetsiba) Rugamba and Family wrote on December 18, 2020 at 3:32 pm
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Nyagah family upon the passing of their beloved Joe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very difficult time, and we pray that the good Lord strengthen and comfort you as you face the days ahead.

May his Soul rest in peace.

Alex and Daphne (Rwetsiba) Rugamba and Family
Kariuki Amasha wrote on December 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Shine on your way Mhes. Your work in Gachoka will go along way. RIP.
Jane P Ochieng wrote on December 18, 2020 at 2:01 pm
To the family of the late Waziri Joe Nyaga. Joe, I will always treasure your guidance and leadership when we were supporting the youth in this country to be self reliant, you helped us form and nurture several youth Saccos, you were always ready and available to transverse the country to ensure the Saccos were set up and running. You helped us wade through the tough terrain of youth conflicts in this process. These saccos continue to survive and contribute towards growing the economy of Kenya. Today we celebrate you and the legacy you leave behind. We shall always cherish those memories. RIP Joe