Families and Friends Mourn ET302 Victims with Moving Tributes


The victims of the ET flight 302 that crashed en-route Nairobi from Ethiopia have been identified, and families and friends are paying tribute.

Joanne Tooole.

Joanna Toole worked for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She  was travelling to the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Speaking to the BBC, Joanna’s father described her daughter as a “very soft and loving person.” Further, he noted Joanna “was genuinely one of those people who you never heard a bad word about.”

Joseph Waithaka

Joseph Waithaka lived in Hull, Britain where he worked for the Humberside Probation Trust before returning to live in Kenya in 2015. He held both Kenyan and British citizenship.

Speaking to BBC, his son Ben Kuria described his father as a “generous man who loved justice”.

Cedric Asiavugwa

Cedric, a third year law student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was on his way to Nairobi after the death of his fiancee’s mother. This is according to a statement on the university website.

Before he came to Georgetown, he worked with groups helping refugees in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the university said, adding that his family and friends “remembered him as a kind, compassionate and gentle soul, known for his beautifully warm and infectious smile.”

Abiodun Oluremi Bashua

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry says a former ambassador is among the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

In a statement, the ministry described Abiodun Oluremi Bashua as a  retired career envoy who served in various capacities in Iran, Austria and Ivory Coast. Further, Abiodun was described as a  “seasoned U.N. expert with experience in several United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa.

Sebastiano Tusa

Sebastiano is an underwater archaeologist and the Sicilian regional assessor at the Culture Ministry.

According to RAI state television, he was heading to Malindi, Kenya to participate in a UNESCO conference on safeguarding underwater cultural heritage in east Africa, which opens Monday.

Pius Adesanmi 
Pius, a professor with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University has been described as “a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship.”  He was also beloved in Nigeria as a writer and columnist.
In a Facebook post paying tribute to Pius, Wanda Njoya wrote the following:
“Pius had a heart for Africa. A huge huge heart for the continent. He did everything in his power to boost African studies by Africans. We just talked two weeks ago, because this May, he and I were going to teach our second social media in Africa class here in Nairobi. I still can hear his laughter so loud, because every time he called me, he was making fun of me for some thing or the other. Pius has been my friend since he was in my dissertation committee those many years ago at Penn State. Yes, he supervised me, but we became such great friends. I’ve never had an academic friend like Pius. I’m so devastated. So devastated.”
Tamirat Mulu Demessie
Mr. Demessie worked as a Child Protection Specialist with Save the Children. He was in charge of programs for children affected by violence and helped reunite children with their families during emergencies.
Lara Martin, a friend and former colleague noted that Mr. Demessie  challenged and empowered everyone that worked with him to do more for children.
Anthony Ngare
Anthony is a well known journalist. He once worked for the Standard Media group, who described him as “an ardent advocate for press freedom and safety of journalists.”
Dr. Isaac Mwangi
Dr. Mwangi was a lecturer in the department of education, communication and technology at Kenyatta university. He dissertations on using technology in secondary education and worked on projects related to integrating images and graphics into the teaching of poetry.
Prof. Olive Mugenda, the former Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor, mourned Dr. Mwangi with this message on her twitter handle

Prof. Agnes Gathumbi

Prof. Gathumbi worked at Kenyatta University as director of teacher professional development. She published dozens of papers, including one on how administrators react differently to graffiti scrawled by girls instead of boys.

She had received certifications in French, African storybook writing, computer studies and other areas from across the world, including institutions in Britain and Slovakia.

Prof. Mugenda eulogized Prof. Gathumbi as follows:

Nakuru Family of 5

This is heart breaking. Caroline Karanja and her 3 children: 7-year-old son Ryan Njoroge Njuguna, 4-year-old daughter Kerry Paul Wanjiku Njuguna, and 7-month-old daughter Rubi Wangui Njuguna. She  also lost her mother Ann Wangui Karanja. The family lived in Bermuda. Caroline leaves behind her husband Paul Njoroge.

There was outpouring of love and support for Paul from the African community in Bermuda. The Premier of Bermuda, the Honorable David Burt JP MP and his Government  through the Ministers of National Security and Finance visited Paul at his home yesterday.

A statement by the African Community in Bermuda readsL

It is, with profound grief we confirm the passing of family members of our Kenyan brother Paul Njoroge in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that occurred on Sunday 10 March in Ethiopia.

Paul lost his his wife Caroline Karanja and 3 children, 7-year-old son Ryan Njoroge Njuguna, 4-year-old daughter Kerry Paul Wanjiku Njuguna, 7-month-old daughter Rubi Wangui Njuguna. He also lost his mother-in-law Ann Wangui Karanja.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the expression of condolences and outpouring of support for our brother at this unfortunate time in his life. We particularly appreciate Premier the Honorable David Burt JP MP and his Government who through the Ministers of National Security and Finance visited Paul at his home yesterday.

We are deeply heartened at the incredible level of support and concern Paul’s employers Butterfield Bank have extended to him. They worked with us through the night and this morning to ensure his travel back home to Kenya could be as smooth and worry-free for him as possible.

Recognising the loving nature of the Bermudian people, we will open a condolence book to the public at the offices of the Honorary Consulate of Ghana at Suite 6, 129 Front Street, Hamilton on Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March 2019 – noon – 2pm, and from Monday 18 March to Friday 22 March 2019 noon – 2pm.”

Derick Lwugi

Derrick worked for the City of Calgary as an accountant.  He leaves behind three children, aged 17, 19 and 20, according to his wife Gladys Kivia.

The couple had been in Calgary for 12 years, and Lwugi had been headed to Kenya to visit both of their parents. His mom has been unwell and was he going to check on her.