ForeverMissed
This is a site dedicated to fond memories of our beloved Jack Ojiambo. He will be deeply missed.

A requiem mass will  be held on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 11:00 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kileleshwa.  The burial will take place on Monday 1 March at the family home in Funyula, Busia County. You can watch Saturday's requiem mass live here
Posted by Betty Oloo on February 26, 2021
Jack we knew each other as kids through our mums friendship and the fact that they belonged Bukhayo Women’s Association and we later interacted in high school when you and Esther were both at Alliance and I in Limuru Girls. It was always laughs with you Jack whether it was the random meeting at Sippers or bumping into you at Lavington shops. When Mike and I met we reconnected and he always talks about a certain Alfa that you owned. Thanks for hanging out with us during the little toast we had for Mikes 60th just last July at Ankole in the midst of COVID restrictions. Go well Jack ... Rest In Peace till we meet again.
Betty oloo Anderson
Posted by Opanga Namonywa Astone on February 25, 2021
Hi, Jack ............We have been talking, conversing, discussing about so many issues for the last 20 years.
The Small Law Firm operating in an old leaking Garage is where you gave me a desk, its what you could afford then, and we were all happy working together for the common Goal. The fond memories in my heart are large, your verbal wish about the App, your daughter, Holly and your retirement age are vivid.
You gave me a chance to work for your firm and you never had the BIG MAN SYNDROME.

Jack, The Grass is Greener on the other side..........RIP 
Posted by Claire Niala on February 25, 2021
Dear Jack,
Still grateful for your generosity in sharing your passion for music. I cherish the letters and mixtapes that you would send me when I was boarding school. Rest well and Godspeed.
Posted by Ali Mohamoud on February 24, 2021
Rest in peace Brother Jack. I first met Jack about 30 years ago in Nairobi.. I remember the early days when we would laugh hard watching Homer Simpson on the old VHS. Over the past 30 years Jack always welcomed me back to Nairobi during my Visits and made sure to update me on the new happening spots. Visiting Nairobi will not be the same without Jacks Hospitality. Jack will be greatly missed.
Posted by George Lameka on February 24, 2021
Bro Jack you left without saying Goodbye. I wish I stayed in the big city longer but life is never predictable. Memories from the environs of Lavy will stay with me forever especially Kengeles where we would share everything from almost every facet of life (music, sports, education, family, friendship, business..........). Fare thee well buddy. To the family God's compassionate empathy, to the rest of us, let's keep Jack's legacy alive.
Posted by Maximilian Jarrett on February 24, 2021
Jack Ojiambo was a friend of mine. We first met as students in London in 1988 and immediately hit it off due to a mutual love of Jazz, Hip Hop and Soul music, and a similar dry sense of humour. On all my professional trips to Nairobi over the past 20 years I met with him socially. A highlight was appearing as a guest on Capital FM Jazz show in 2009 when we talked about my days presenting BBC World Service Radio shows and played some of my all time favourite jazz tracks.It seems just yesterday that he and our mutual friend Nyaga drove all the way to a Nairobi airport hôtel to have a Sunday lunch with me while I was in 16 hours transit. My last memory of him was a cracking farewell joke, a laugh, a hug and a pat on the back. RIP my brother. Our souls will meet again. I know that truth to be true. In the meantime when you encounter the soul energy of Miles, Dizzy, Hugh, Jonas, Bheki, Charlie P, Lady Day, Ella, Sarah, I trust you will share with them that last joke based on the Casablanca scène clip you shared me 10 days ago #rudenottoo #gonebutneverforgotten
Posted by Henry Amdany on February 24, 2021
Rest in peace Jack! You made me appreciate music and never missed your show because it was so rejuvenating. May you dance with the angels till we meet again brother.
Posted by Nehal Davé on February 24, 2021
Jack, you were one of the best radio presenters in Kenya. I first started listening to you in 1996 at a very young age. Everything that I know about jazz at this point in my life is all thanks to you. You were articulate and very knowledgeable. You made the capital jazz club very interactive and lively. You played some of the best jazz music and every time your show ended on Sundays, I was always eager to tune in to the next one. May you rest in peace Jack! My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
Posted by Thomas Ettyang on February 24, 2021
I never knew Jack as an individual... but his work definitely touched me. I can attribute my love for Jazz to Jack Ojiambo's Capital Jazz Club that has been running since 1996. To me, he was the voice of Jazz. As a young man in the late 90s, I had just begun to understand music. For the most part, I had grown up to believe that Jazz was Kenny G and the random Dave Brubeck with his all too popular Take 5. But after discovering the Capital Jazz Club, I gained a deeper understanding of this fine music. It is from him that I first heard of Jazz greats like Thelonius Monk and Miles Davies. It was from him that I learnt about all the beautiful sub-genres of Jazz and everything in between. It is from him that I gained wonderful insights and experienced musical growth. And it is through this influence, that I was able to dabble a little bit into Jazz piano.

To the family and close friends, I'm sure Jack touched all of you in a special way. As a parent, brother, son, cousin and uncle, his presence and influence must have meant a lot. As professionals in the legal field, a brilliant member has been lost. That can never be replaced.

Let us celebrate the joy he brought to all of us. Because he indeed touched each one of us in a special way. And certainly, he influenced the careers, life choices and passions of many. My condolences to the family. May God grant you strength and solace during this difficult moment. May Jack's would rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Jackie Arkle on February 24, 2021
Jack it's hard to imagine that you are no more. Thank you for passing on your love for Jazz to us. Capital Jazz Club was never to be missed. You made our Sunday evenings easier to handle as Monday was on the horizon. You were a great soul, a great friend to all of us, an amazing dad to Holly and I pray that God will comfort her in every way possible as well as your entire family. Rest in eternal peace Jack. No more pain.
Posted by Gracie Fernandes on February 24, 2021
Jack I knew you when you were a little boy coming to your fathers office in IPS Building where I worked for him the late Professor Ojiabo.
I am also lucky to be Sandas Godmother. The news.of your death has shocked me and also my children Scarlet and Kevin who live in Australia. I pray the Heavenly Frather grant you Eternal Peace . My sincere condolences to Mrs Okiambo , Jojo , Tessie and Sanda..you will be missed immensely .
Posted by Richard Kiplagat on February 24, 2021
Jack wasn’t loud but he left an impression. He stood out in his kindness and charm. He shared his passion for meaningful and beautiful music and brought depth to our appreciation of life.
Thank you for the soundtrack to life. Godspeed and play on.
Posted by Chifallu Andrew on February 24, 2021
You were a Brave and intelligent man who could venture where I thought was impossible.
I Remember the Surprise when I saw you in your much preferred Tweed Jacket in Lancaster Gate on your way to class and you maintained that same Mantra at times even though the tide turned against you ..
Will miss your intellect and of course your knowledge of Jazz.
Rest well my trusted old Friend until we meet Again
Posted by Khassim Diagne on February 23, 2021
Mon frère et ami Jack

I can’t imagine that during my next trip to Nairobi I won’t see you to share a meal at our favorite spot “Palacina” where I met you back in 2004. We immediately clicked for our passion and love for Jazz. I vividly remember the invitation you extended to me to join you one Sunday evening at the Capital FM Studio and you asked me to bring my favorite album to play. I brought “Sketches of Spain” by Miles Davis. You played the entire set. Both the notes and the conversation are still alive in my memory.
Thank you my brother for the friendship, good laugh and warm welcome to your universe. You will be dearly missed.

Adieu

Your brother Khassim Diagne
United Nations
New York
Posted by Irũngũ Houghton on February 23, 2021
Jack's passion for life, jazz and Kilimani was infectious. Always ready to jump in. My last memory was asking Jack to deejay at the Kilimani Festival. He gladly stepped and took over the music for a couple of hours. Didn't expect to be paid. Playing to the crowds was enough for Jack. Love and will miss you brother. Look for Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Bob Collymore. Suspect they will be in some club jamming.
Rest in Power.
Posted by Ronnie Tsumah on February 23, 2021
I first met Jack after his first year at University & he was home for the holidays. 30 odd years ago.

We would hangout with Nyaga & Bosco....who introduced him to Jazz going to tiny clubs in London. The thing that struck me was his dress sense .He was very avant-garde back then (these designer rarukad jeans,Jack had them.before anyone...this 30 years ago.) & that was from one of our favourite retailers back then "Topman" .Being stylish was just so him, way back when .I think back to another memory... Jack again super avante-garde.He was riding a bicycle to work before any of us in our set. Then remarkably .... there was that contagious laugh.Especially when there was mischevious stuff.
Later in life it was the convincing...he always had the ability to make you consider stuff and look in a another direction.

The thing with Jack is he could tell stories in ways that always left his audience mesmerized. The banter in our little quartet was always so funny and charged . You always took something away for yourself...that would challenge whatever you thought previously. God save you if you were the runt in a group .You would have to go up several levels in whatever topic you would discuss.Be it Sport or Music or Culture or what made up a proper Full English Breakfast . He was always up for a debate and he would get the niggle in there too. Peeps would respond robustly. It would make the ordinary extraordinary. It didn't matter what station you were in life .This was an individual who would engage you.

That mesmerising quality is continued throughout his life. A maverick and someone who wouldn't always go with the status quo.

I would meet him later in life when our daughters would play together along with her cousins at birthdays and other occasions too.

The shock of his sudden passing is heart wrenching . Rest in eternal peace Jack .....rest with the Angels Rest with Papa and Peter.....You have gone too soon.
Till we meet again.
Posted by Kiggundu Mukasa on February 23, 2021
Dear Jack
This news came as such a shock. I wish I had gotten a chance to reconnect with you before this sad day. I did try, but it was not to be. From thousands of miles, I cannot even say goodbye properly.
When I was in primary school I remember I used to ride my bike to your home nearly every day in Riverside during the holidays. What fun we had.
Your family was so welcoming I always felt at home, I remember we even went to the village one Christmas.
Gone way too soon bro.
God bless
Rest in eternal peace
Posted by Danny Munyi on February 23, 2021
Jack Ojiambo, you were an elegant bloke, you were charismatic and the holder of that ever memorable subtle laughter that would echo in the background.
You were undeniably as smooth as that jazz you roped us all into those Sundays will forever be remembered. Rest in Peace, Sir.
Posted by Kate Anampiu on February 23, 2021
I am lost for words! From the very first time I met you almost 15yrs ago you always had a smile. Not just a smile, A warm smile. The last time I met you, you were going to hook me up with some friends for office lunches. I will miss our deep conversations about literally everything. Well, God had other plans my brother. Keep smiling down on us till we meet again! You will be missed!
Posted by Denis Ndavi on February 23, 2021
We connected, collaborated, partied, fought. He was my friend, lawyer, workmate and client. He made me wade through mud and sewage taking pics in Gatina Ward when he was running for office. I never knew Kawangware was so huge until that day. He made me party at Bavaria for Vinyl events. He blocked a landlord from auctioning me. I tried to help him sell his drop top VW car. We kept trying to start that Jazz radio station. He dined in my house and I dined at his. I wish we made up after our last fall-out. Jack, you had big dreams, but God had plans for you. Rest in peace, bro.
Posted by Noel Mwangi on February 23, 2021
Jack,

I have no words to express my utter shock and grief at your sudden departure.

I shall fondly remember the great times we shared and the ideas we bounced around.

Thank you so much for your contribution in opening up the Kenyan Jazz scene, and for the support you have up and coming jazz artists.

My prayers and condolences go out especially to Holly, who has learned of death's cruel hand all too soon.

Rest In Peace Brother. Tutaonana Baadaye. This tune is for you...

https://youtu.be/t0kBchZBClE

-Spyro Gyra, Para Ti Latino-
Posted by titus gitau on February 23, 2021
Jack the Groove, my brother. We shall surely miss you. From nursery school @ Audrey Taylors then reconnecting in Oxford. It was always a blast. Your style in music, dress and tweng were in a class of their own. We partied whenever we met, whether it was Carni back in the day, Ronnie scotts , Vinyl or just in my backyard. Recently we spent time @ QP & Country lodge as neighours in karen. I will miss your wit, laughter and scholarly advice on matters legal and musica...

Peace and Galactic Funk

Your bro
Taito
Posted by krucial nature on February 23, 2021
Jack.. Friend, Cousin, Confidant at times wingman these roles were exchanged throughout the years 1st reinforced as on opposing sides in Rugby..Yes Jack at Bush Vs I at Patch..well before 7s became a trend.
Advisor in the last few years but as always with a semi "British " with and charm..
I'm eternally grateful to the sharing of your passion for Jazz music and more so vinyl..
As we would tell each other it's not about parting but what one does till you meet next ..
And as we would say Strong.
Posted by Anthony Matheri on February 23, 2021
Jack , fly with the angels as they play saxophone ,flutes and the best of jazz.
You mastered jazz, no doubt.
Our first encounter , was rough as you monolized me but quickly became a friendship as lads . You taught me backstone swimming, forever greatfull. Also as adults learnt from you,a drink and great music go together.
My teacher rest, we shall meet again
Posted by Zainab Mejja Adam on February 23, 2021
Uncle Jack was a vibrant soul!
It was how he argued and won arguments like the lawyer he was. It was the way he would entertain the audience in a Jazz radio show or Jazz-related event. And the way he would sometimes be so goofy with his daughter Holly. Not to forget his great sense of humour, making people laugh at any and every gathering. He almost always was in great and welcoming moods.

We will miss you and your vibrant soul Uncle Jack! You will forever be in our memories and hearts. May you rest easy
Posted by Konrad Afande on February 23, 2021
Where do I even begin. Jack was my dear friend that began back in the days as teenagers. My first experience in the party scene was with Jack. This is when carnivore was the main spot. We became good friends that extended beyond partying and I got to know the family well. One thing that was clear was our love for music. A lot of my cool music in the 80s was from Jack. You will be missed. Jack is not gone, he is playing jazz for the angels in Radio Heaven. Til we meet again bro. Rest well
Posted by Dr Sam Thenya on February 23, 2021
Jack, You are a wonderful soul ❤, Gone too soon. But then again, life is terminal. none of us will come out alive. Rest in peace my brother

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Posted by Betty Oloo on February 26, 2021
Jack we knew each other as kids through our mums friendship and the fact that they belonged Bukhayo Women’s Association and we later interacted in high school when you and Esther were both at Alliance and I in Limuru Girls. It was always laughs with you Jack whether it was the random meeting at Sippers or bumping into you at Lavington shops. When Mike and I met we reconnected and he always talks about a certain Alfa that you owned. Thanks for hanging out with us during the little toast we had for Mikes 60th just last July at Ankole in the midst of COVID restrictions. Go well Jack ... Rest In Peace till we meet again.
Betty oloo Anderson
Posted by Opanga Namonywa Astone on February 25, 2021
Hi, Jack ............We have been talking, conversing, discussing about so many issues for the last 20 years.
The Small Law Firm operating in an old leaking Garage is where you gave me a desk, its what you could afford then, and we were all happy working together for the common Goal. The fond memories in my heart are large, your verbal wish about the App, your daughter, Holly and your retirement age are vivid.
You gave me a chance to work for your firm and you never had the BIG MAN SYNDROME.

Jack, The Grass is Greener on the other side..........RIP 
Posted by Claire Niala on February 25, 2021
Dear Jack,
Still grateful for your generosity in sharing your passion for music. I cherish the letters and mixtapes that you would send me when I was boarding school. Rest well and Godspeed.
his Life

Jack Hillary Ojiambo

Sunrise 24 July 1968  - Sunset 20 February 2021

It is with humble acceptance of God's will that we announce the demise of Jack Hillary Ojiambo on 20 February, 2021.  Jack was a lawyer with a special interest in arbitration; and a jazz enthusiast who will be fondly remembered for the Capital Jazz Show and We Love Vinyl Worldwide.

Beloved son of the late Prof. Hillary Peter Ojiambo and Hon. Prof. Julia Ojiambo.  
Adoring father of Holly.
Brother to Amb. Josephine Ojiambo,  Theresa Ojiambo and Sanda Ojiambo.
Uncle to the late Peter, Marie, Julie, Veronica and Hillary
A requiem mass will  be held on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 11:00 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kileleshwa.  The burial will take place on Monday 1 March at the family home in Funyula, Busia County.
You can watch Saturday's requiem mass live here

Contributions to help offset Jack's hospital bills can be sent to:
PayBill Number 170990
Account (your name) 
Jack Ojiambo Funeral Fund
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A Good friend

Shared by Raj Mahan on February 24, 2021
I met Jack, the founder of Jaaz show on Capital FM and as a lawyer through his good friend the late Ishan Kapila. Although we did not meet that often but whenever we did he was humble and his sense of humour was equally amazing.  We met in the legal circles too and was ready to give advise whenever called on to do so. Rest easy brother and condolences to the family

Banter

Shared by Edgar Kwach on February 23, 2021
Jack, I had known you for what seems like an eternity, we worked together at Capital FM but above everything, you were my friend. We supported different teams in the EPL so I would always enjoy the serious banter & verbal jabs that we took at each other. We also used to talk about style, suits, brogues and how there was nothing better than a good tailored suit. I will truly miss you brother, watch over us and Rest in Power. Godspeed