A sombre mood engulfed Gathiru-ini village in Gatanga constituency, Murang’a county as renowned Benga musician John De Mathew was being laid to rest.
The singer, whose real name is John Ng’ang’a succumbed to injuries after he was involved in a grisly road accident last week.
He was eulogized as an inspiration to many, creative man, whose songs educated and entertained people, a great, loving and caring husband, father and brother.
John De Mathew’s first wife’s tribute read;
Thank you all for coming today to show your love for my husband. I don’t have to explain how John was to
anyone in this room. Everyone knows he was a great man and a phenomenon musician. It only took meeting
him once to remember him forever. He is and always will be my best friend and there will continually be a
hole in my heart that will never heal. John was my soul-mate. Plain and simple.
All it took was one look and I knew he was the man I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. He
didn’t get the rest of my life, but I got the whole of his. Our time together may have been cut short, but the
happiness we shared together, will last a lifetime. I will mourn the loss of my husband, my best friend, my
soul-mate, my everything. But, I will find comfort in the knowledge that he loves me to the very end.
John always said, “God has a plan. We have to accept it and go with it.” We don’t know what God’s plan
is, but it’s something special and that’s why He needed the heart that’s as big as the world and open to
I will miss John until the day God calls me home and so will our children. But we will never feel alone
because John has left behind a love that cannot be broken.
Until we are together again, I’m not complete. I’m merely here, waiting my turn.
Thank you for helping me find love Forever. You have left me a piece of you in our children. To the greatest
husband & most wonderful friend.
I love you. Always & Forever.
De Mathew’s children also paid moving tributes to him and one of his son’s Tyrese was unable to overcome the grief while eulogising him.
The blow was hard and the shock was severe for I had never imagined losing you in my life. I’m sorry ladies and gentlemen I cannot continue,’he said paving way for sister Wanjiku whose tribute moved many to tears.
John De Mathew was a good-natured, humble and gifted musician. He was a creative talent, who used his prowess to compose enduring songs and nurture upcoming artists. We celebrate his legendary status and artistry that made him a darling of many fans.
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