Who Is Wambui Kamiru (Bob Collymore Wife); Biography, Age, Ex-Husband (Joseph Kinyua), Children, Career


Wambui Kamiru Biography

Wambui Kamiru (Clare Wambui Wamae Kamiru) was the wife of the Late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. She is an artist and founder of The Art Spac, which is an online art gallery. She develops artwork around the themes of decoloniality, identity and independence in Africa. She expresses her work through installation.

Wambui Kamiru Age – How Old Is Wambui Kamiru Collymore

Wambui is 37 years old; she was born in 1982.

Wambui Kamiru Education

Wambui graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree. In June 2008 he graduated from the University of Oxford with a Masters Degree in African Studies.

Joseph Kinyua and Wambui Kamiru – Wambui Kamiru Former Husband

Wambui Kamiru married Joseph Kinyua in 2007 but they later divorced. She filed for divorce accusing her husband of domestic violence through her veteran family lawyer Judy Thongori. Joseph on his part accused Wambui of infidelity. Bob Collymore was named as a respondent in the divorce case but he claimed through his lawyer that he met Wambui when she was already divorced.

Wambui Kamiru Children – Wambui Kamiru Twins

Wambui Kamiru together with her ex-husband has two children, twin girls.

Wambui Kamiru Husband – Bob Collymore Wife

Wambui married Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore in April 2016. The two met at a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011. They dated for three years before tieing the knot.

After the weddding, Wambui faced a lot of backlash which she addressed with a Facebook post which read in parts;

“My marriage to the man that I love and respect had some interesting effects on the conversations on Twitter and Facebook (these may be obsolete by the time you are reading this). However, for a few days there, lots of Kenyans talked about “tribalism” and some admitted their desire to leave and go to another country because of how unbearable it can sometimes be to live in a society where people first judge you by your “tribal” origin. A lot of people refused to be part of the conversation, arguing that it should no longer matter. These people are the reason why we will still have a country to call home.”

In 2018 Bob was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer that required him to go to the UK for treatment. During an interview Bob revealed that during his 9 months of treatment in London Wambui was by his side describing her as;

“…a fantastic lady who stuck with me, she went to London, stayed through that miserable winter that we had and she was there every day. Wambui made a big sacrifice.”

He said that Wambui volunteered to go with him for his treatment; “When I told my wife that I am going to London, she said, ‘When are we leaving?’ and I said, ‘You’re coming?’ and she said, ‘Of course I’m coming.’ I said, ‘When shall we book your return flight?’ And she said, ‘The same time as you.’”

Bob Collymore Death

On July 19, 2019, Bob died at his home after a long battle with cancer. His death was announced by Safaricom Board Chairperson Nicholas Nganga in a statement.

Wambui Kamiru Career

Wambui together with Xavier Verhoest, a Belgian artist based in Nairobi, Kenya, works on a national public art project/installation, “Who I Am, Who We Are”. The project is about the Kenyan identity and ideas of nationalism, present and future.

The project website reads;  “’Who I Am, Who We Are’ was a project about the idea of nationhood and how this is embodied through our sense of identity and our everyday interactions. It is a concept animated by the notion that today’s world reflects a reality both multiple and unique. Nowhere is this idea truer than here, in Kenya, at 50.

The project acted as a catalyst for reflection and contribution to the conversation/debate on the path taken by Kenya since 1963 into the future, where each person has an individual responsibility to building Kenya.

“Who I Am, Who We Are” was a process based project that interrogates the interactions, which we have with others and public spaces and how these affect our sense of identity.

Wambui Kamiru Collections

  1. Goethe Institute, Nairobi Kenya
  2. Private Collection, Nairobi – Kenya
  3. Private Collection, Bonn – Germany
  4. Private Collection, Bern – Switzerland

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Three projections play simultaneously projected on the kariko – a pilgrimage to British monuments of colonialism standing in different places in #London. @oneoff_gallery Pop Space @rosslynrivieramall Check out the video explaining the installation – link in profile 👆🏾 #Wakariru is an exhibition about the destruction of language for everyday things and the accompanying loss of orally documented knowledge. It looks at memory and the forgotten history of the role of women in the Mau Mau war. The show runs until 30th April 2019. @goethe_kenya #mukamikimathifoundation 📸: @emmanueljambo #Art #AfricanArt #InstallationArtist #Kenya #ContemporaryArt #nairobicontemporary #africancontemporaryart

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