We then had an appeal about all the things that we are grateful for and that we have found out about ourselves in this Covid-19 era. Monari said he was grateful for the discovery – about himself, his family, and life in general.
Monari’s hospitalization and death provided an opportunity to gain profound insight into the man, our friend, whom we affectionately Dr. Monari called. It was a time of even more discoveries about what an integral part of our lives he was; We discover such profound pain and loss, but we are encouraged by the enduring power of friendship.
A brilliant legal mind
Monari, the lawyer, was a man who worked with a brilliant Attorney was blessed spirit and a respected member of the legal fraternity in Kenya. Until his death, he was a partner at Bowmans, a leading law firm in the region. He dealt with many facets of the law, but his ultimate accomplishment was leading the legal team representing retired Police Commissioner Hussein Ali before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. It was on this global stage that Monari did his best legal work.
“Few have gone through life with a more comfortable demeanor, cleaner heart, and sharper intellect. A charismatic personality and a damn lawyer! ”General Hussein Ali’s tribute to his friend and personal lawyer at the ICC expressed our collective feelings for his friends in words.
Monari’s most memorable Talent was his fantastic sense of humor. He always made a quick comeback and definitely couldn’t be verbally turned off. He used his sharp wit – in court, at corporate meetings, at social events – to defuse tension, charm, entertain, and in some cases, silence it when necessary.
A certain member of ours Gruppe once threatened to silence him with a slap in the face. The imperturbable Monari replied, “You’ll never get near my nose again, I don’t like the Bedford truck look.” No event was complete without Monari cracking his usual jokes, often quipping “If I want your opinion, I’ll tell you” and lately, more sensibly, “Part of the talking is listening”.
Love of Music
Monari loved music, and he showed his love for music in his daily life. For a man who wasn’t a band member, he had a huge collection of musical instruments at home – a saxophone, a piano, even a drum kit. He had a gramophone and a huge collection of music LPs covering every genre from rhumba to classical.
Monari had a wonderful baritone and sang with great joy, always at a loud volume. His love for music led him to one of the founding partners of the club Sax & Violins in Karen, aptly named.
He had no qualms about picking up a microphone and joining a band on every stage. The man could sing, especially when driven by some adult drinks. He had a standard repertoire of musical performances. The first was Afro by Les Wanyika, whom he sang with such fervor that Martha Karua from Kirinyaga often came to him on the dance floor.
He then sang Sina Makosa before joining one Detours in Catholic brackets like Uninyunyizie Maji and Anayekula Mwili Wangu (it doesn’t matter that he was born and raised in the SDA church). Then he signed with Kwetu Pazuri from Ambassadors of Christ Chor and, always the patriot, Tushangilie Kenya or Fimbo Ya Nyayo .
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Monari enjoyed the finer things in life – from fine cognac to fine whiskey to the superior German machines. Interestingly, a man who loved cars and lived fast drove very slowly. It was a joke that its top speed was 20 km / h. We couldn’t understand why such an enthusiastic lover of German cars would buy a 50-year-old Aston Martin for his 50th birthday. Monari had special sensors that could detect and sharpen beautiful women, even when they were miles away.
Monari, the Gusii man
Monaribore, the heavy coat of the firstborn son of all prominent, larger than life, Mzee Hudson Monari Ogeto. Since his father’s death a few years ago, Monari, clutching his late father’s walking stick, has stoically guarded his family and siblings through these uncertain times. He was proud of his Gusii legacy and wished that, should his time ever come, he would be escorted with good music, pageantry and ceremonies to rest next to his father in Nyamira.
Evans Monari – also known affectionately as EvMon – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton would often paraphrase and say, “As you get older, you can keep some of your old friends, but you can’t make new friends.”
We are disappointed that we will not learn more about his discoveries, our hearts are heavy, but we are sure that Evmon led a daring, adventurous, complex, but fulfilling life – on his own terms.
< p> Until we meet again in this Petu Pazuri place!
By Njoki Kaigai & Catherine Karanja; on behalf of Celebrating Life (Monari’s family of friends) – [emailprotected]