Celebrating

The brave Six

Ashford Kuria Maina, 36

Head of Product Development & Core Platforms

Joined Cellulant in January 2006

Ashford was the ultimate geek and one of the best engineers in his own right. A true logical thinker, Ashford had deep information and knowledge about almost anything in the world; be it cars, software, planes etc. He mentored many directly or indirectly challenging them to grow.

Ashford worked in the Product Development Department and has been in the company for over 10 years. He worked on all Cellulant core products and major projects. He will be remembered best for his big smile, warm personality, his kindness, love to everyone and most importantly his tenacity.  Ashford was engaged to Dorcas Kinyua and were planning their wedding this year.

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His team and colleagues remembers how he would always research everything to the detail even if this decision was just buying car tyres. Ashford led his teams like a champion. He was a kind, funny, a very generous, and gentle spirit. He was the custodian of Cellulant technology for the longest time and he made sure no one messed with it. He would always make sure we handled jobs beyond our years of experience and would insist that we had to grow for those behind us to grow. We trusted Ash to selflessly lead the team like he did on that fateful day and advise on options as the tactful person he was. He was never one to fight no matter how much you differed. He would take time and understand anyone even his juniors.

“Ash your work was not in vain. We will see through all the plans we made with you and go beyond. Your legacy shall live on in our work.”

Ashford Kuria Maina, 36

Head of Product Development & Core Platforms

Joined Cellulant in January 2006

Ashford was the ultimate geek and one of the best engineers in his own right. A true logical thinker, Ashford had deep information and knowledge about almost anything in the world; be it cars, software, planes etc. He mentored many directly or indirectly challenging them to grow.

Ashford worked in the Product Development Department and has been in the company for over 10 years. He worked on all Cellulant core products and major projects. He will be remembered best for his big smile, warm personality, his kindness, love to everyone and most importantly his tenacity.  Ashford was engaged to Dorcas Kinyua and were planning their wedding this year.

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His team and colleagues remembers how he would always research everything to the detail even if this decision was just buying car tyres. Ashford led his teams like a champion. He was a kind, funny, a very generous, and gentle spirit. He was the custodian of Cellulant technology for the longest time and he made sure no one messed with it. He would always make sure we handled jobs beyond our years of experience and would insist that we had to grow for those behind us to grow. We trusted Ash to selflessly lead the team like he did on that fateful day and advise on options as the tactful person he was. He was never one to fight no matter how much you differed. He would take time and understand anyone even his juniors.

“Ash your work was not in vain. We will see through all the plans we made with you and go beyond. Your legacy shall live on in our work.”

Denis Munene Mwaniki, 29

Head of Information Security

Joined Cellulant January 2018

Denis was a curious explorer, strategic thinker, a gentleman and exemplary leader.

He had an infectious laughter, was a calm spirit, humble and a great friend. A tech guru, Denis could solve any problem with a mere phone call and to to both colleagues, friends and family, he was a mentor, a confidant, a teacher and a kind-hearted giver. Denis worked in the Group Technology Operations as the Head of Information Security. At work he was always strategic and because of his natural curiosity and intellect, he took on any challenge that came his way head-on and succeeded. His intellect and quick thinking got Cellulant its first ISO/ICE 27001 certification.

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His team remembers Denis as a great boss, friend and gentleman:

“Denis was always calm and wise beyond his years. He got things done with a calm smile, and was always very diplomatic and caring. As a boss, he took time to teach, when a team member needed help, step in, when necessary, and allow team members to lead different projects. He always emphasized our need to always look out for data breaches due to vulnerabilities, weak passwords and misconfigurations- this diligence got our team to become better information security experts. He died a hero because he always cared about the well being of others.”

Denis Munene Mwaniki, 29

Head of Information Security

Joined Cellulant January 2018

Denis was a curious explorer, strategic thinker, a gentleman and exemplary leader.

He had an infectious laughter, was a calm spirit, humble and a great friend. A tech guru, Denis could solve any problem with a mere phone call and to to both colleagues, friends and family, he was a mentor, a confidant, a teacher and a kind-hearted giver. Denis worked in the Group Technology Operations as the Head of Information Security. At work he was always strategic and because of his natural curiosity and intellect, he took on any challenge that came his way head-on and succeeded. His intellect and quick thinking got Cellulant its first ISO/ICE 27001 certification.

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His team remembers Denis as a great boss, friend and gentleman:

“Denis was always calm and wise beyond his years. He got things done with a calm smile, and was always very diplomatic and caring. As a boss, he took time to teach, when a team member needed help, step in, when necessary, and allow team members to lead different projects. He always emphasized our need to always look out for data breaches due to vulnerabilities, weak passwords and misconfigurations- this diligence got our team to become better information security experts. He died a hero because he always cared about the well being of others.”

Jeremiah Mathai Mbaria, 31

Head of Hub

Joined Cellulant in October 2015

Jeremiah, or Jere, as he was known in the office, was the most polite and calm guy we knew. He led the Hub Team under Technology Operations. He was a skilled senior developer with abilities to juggle various projects working as a solutions designer, as a project manager and as a lead developer. Jeremiah was not just a leader, he was a mentor and a brother to many. He guided his team with humility and corrected them with humour. Whenever one of his team members would come late he would make them wear a “your majesty” crown. This was a clue to tell you to work on your arrival time and give up the crown. Jeremiah was married with a child.

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His team remembers Jeremiah as one who insisted on teamwork as a way of building cohesion in the team.

“Jere exploited our potential and made us dream big and achieve big. He challenged us to find better ways of doing things and we trusted him with our dreams. He attributed his successes to God. He represented the interests of each one of us without favour and challenged us to up our game, grow and deliver the best. “At times we are not ready for these things”, he would say, “but never pass any opportunities to showcase what you know or have learned. Those opportunities may never come by again”. Rest in Peace Jere.

Jeremiah Mathai Mbaria, 31

Head of Hub

Joined Cellulant in October 2015

Jeremiah, or Jere, as he was known in the office, was the most polite and calm guy we knew. He led the Hub Team under Technology Operations. He was a skilled senior developer with abilities to juggle various projects working as a solutions designer, as a project manager and as a lead developer. Jeremiah was not just a leader, he was a mentor and a brother to many. He guided his team with humility and corrected them with humour. Whenever one of his team members would come late he would make them wear a “your majesty” crown. This was a clue to tell you to work on your arrival time and give up the crown. Jeremiah was married with a child.

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His team remembers Jeremiah as one who insisted on teamwork as a way of building cohesion in the team.

“Jere exploited our potential and made us dream big and achieve big. He challenged us to find better ways of doing things and we trusted him with our dreams. He attributed his successes to God. He represented the interests of each one of us without favour and challenged us to up our game, grow and deliver the best. “At times we are not ready for these things”, he would say, “but never pass any opportunities to showcase what you know or have learned. Those opportunities may never come by again”. Rest in Peace Jere.

John Wanyaga Ndiritu, 29

Quality Assurance Tester

Joined Cellulant in January 2015

Known to many as Mutts, John was always jovial, calm and best known for his humor. If you needed a laugh, he would be your guy. John worked in the Quality Assurance Department as the Quality Assurance Tester. He was always willing to go the extra mile to put in extra time and effort to help when called upon. “Just because it is not my job, does not mean that I cannot do it”, he would say. He had good mastery of the “Sheng” language and always looked out for his team and friends both at work and in social gatherings outside of work. Mutts had an entrepreneurial mind and looked forward to run his own business. He was married with a five-month-old baby.

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His team and friends remember John as one who always found a solution for whatever issues that arose, he always seemed to know someone who could help.

“There are so many memories of Mutts, from the day he joined QA as an intern, the day he met his dear wife, the several road trips we made together and countless more. In any setting, John always took on the role of the person who made sure that everyone and everything was ok – whether it was a night out with friends and teammates, a road trip, or with his family. Our last conversation as a team was on how we needed to cooperate to reduce the workload in QA as the team was constrained and the amount of work seemed to increase.” “You were a brother, a friend, a confidant besides being a teammate. Shine on “Morio”. Rest in peace bro.”

John Wanyaga Ndiritu, 29

Quality Assurance Tester

Joined Cellulant in January 2015

Known to many as Mutts, John was always jovial, calm and best known for his humor. If you needed a laugh, he would be your guy. John worked in the Quality Assurance Department as the Quality Assurance Tester. He was always willing to go the extra mile to put in extra time and effort to help when called upon. “Just because it is not my job, does not mean that I cannot do it”, he would say. He had good mastery of the “Sheng” language and always looked out for his team and friends both at work and in social gatherings outside of work. Mutts had an entrepreneurial mind and looked forward to run his own business. He was married with a five-month-old baby.

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His team and friends remember John as one who always found a solution for whatever issues that arose, he always seemed to know someone who could help.

“There are so many memories of Mutts, from the day he joined QA as an intern, the day he met his dear wife, the several road trips we made together and countless more. In any setting, John always took on the role of the person who made sure that everyone and everything was ok – whether it was a night out with friends and teammates, a road trip, or with his family. Our last conversation as a team was on how we needed to cooperate to reduce the workload in QA as the team was constrained and the amount of work seemed to increase.” “You were a brother, a friend, a confidant besides being a teammate. Shine on “Morio”. Rest in peace bro.”

Kelvin Kariuki Gitonga, 28

Hub Engineer

Joined Cellulant in April 2018

A very jovial guy who always remained calm no matter the situation. To him, technology would change the world. He was passionate about his work and wanted to know everything Javascript. If you needed to get his attention all you had to do is mention “node”. Each day he would share with the team the latest article he had read and what he would be trying out that evening. Kelvin did not follow the multitude and you had to be very convincing to change his mind. He was an intelligent and a competent engineer, a very skilled developer and great team player who worked in the Hub Implementation Department as a Hub Developer under Jeremiah Mbaria. As a web applications developer he set new standards by redesigning the new bulk SMS with technologies never used before at Cellulant. He was good in Java script that he could write any operating system, and with his background in electronics his skills extended beyond his day to day at work.

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Kelvin will be remembered as a witty guy.

“He would always come in with a joke or a story that would make all of us laugh. Kelvin had extraordinary dreams. His current passion project was to assemble an electric bike because he wanted to become more efficient. He had placed the order of bike parts and the day it arrived he was the happiest. “Andrine order an uber”, he asked one of our team members. “To Kinoo?” she asked in shock, after calculating the cost. “Kelvin ujue sitakusaidia kulipa”, she told him. “Nah, don’t worry, I got this”, he replied calmly. His spirits were high that day.”

Kelvin Kariuki Gitonga, 28

Hub Engineer

Joined Cellulant in April 2018

A very jovial guy who always remained calm no matter the situation. To him, technology would change the world. He was passionate about his work and wanted to know everything Javascript. If you needed to get his attention all you had to do is mention “node”. Each day he would share with the team the latest article he had read and what he would be trying out that evening. Kelvin did not follow the multitude and you had to be very convincing to change his mind. He was an intelligent and a competent engineer, a very skilled developer and great team player who worked in the Hub Implementation Department as a Hub Developer under Jeremiah Mbaria. As a web applications developer he set new standards by redesigning the new bulk SMS with technologies never used before at Cellulant. He was good in Java script that he could write any operating system, and with his background in electronics his skills extended beyond his day to day at work.

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Kelvin will be remembered as a witty guy.

“He would always come in with a joke or a story that would make all of us laugh. Kelvin had extraordinary dreams. His current passion project was to assemble an electric bike because he wanted to become more efficient. He had placed the order of bike parts and the day it arrived he was the happiest. “Andrine order an uber”, he asked one of our team members. “To Kinoo?” she asked in shock, after calculating the cost. “Kelvin ujue sitakusaidia kulipa”, she told him. “Nah, don’t worry, I got this”, he replied calmly. His spirits were high that day.”

Wilfred Kareithi Waihura, 23

Implementation Engineer, Global Delivery Team

Joined Cellulant in November 2017

Wilfred, fondly know as Chief, was charismatic and enthusiastic when it came to solving problems. He was energetic, ever happy and never shied away from any challenges, epitomizing our motto: make possible. Wilfred worked in the Global Delivery Team as an Implementation Engineer. He took interns who joined their department through the basics and offered help. He did this even before he was confirmed as a Cellulant employee – earning him the title ‘group head of interns’. Chief was always cheerful. He helped unconditionally, and when I asked him why, he would say “that is just me, that is how I was raised.” Wilfred often told the story of when he met Ken Njoroge, our Group Co-CEO, on the first day and how he talked to him without knowing who he was and enjoyed every bit of the conversation.

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His team and friends remember Wilfred’s love for cars and superbikes

“Apart from his love for computers, he loved cars and superbikes” his team and friends remember. “His dream cars were a Ford monster truck and a Bentley. He was cheerful, loved music, burgers and wanted to travel the world and always said family came first. Chief, we send this special message to heaven, that they may take good care of you, keep you warm and give you all our love till we meet again.”

Wilfred Kareithi Waihura, 23

Implementation Engineer, Global Delivery Team

Joined Cellulant in November 2017

Wilfred, fondly know as Chief, was charismatic and enthusiastic when it came to solving problems. He was energetic, ever happy and never shied away from any challenges, epitomizing our motto: make possible. Wilfred worked in the Global Delivery Team as an Implementation Engineer. He took interns who joined their department through the basics and offered help. He did this even before he was confirmed as a Cellulant employee – earning him the title ‘group head of interns’. Chief was always cheerful. He helped unconditionally, and when I asked him why, he would say “that is just me, that is how I was raised.” Wilfred often told the story of when he met Ken Njoroge, our Group Co-CEO, on the first day and how he talked to him without knowing who he was and enjoyed every bit of the conversation.

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His team and friends remember Wilfred’s love for cars and superbikes

“Apart from his love for computers, he loved cars and superbikes” his team and friends remember. “His dream cars were a Ford monster truck and a Bentley. He was cheerful, loved music, burgers and wanted to travel the world and always said family came first. Chief, we send this special message to heaven, that they may take good care of you, keep you warm and give you all our love till we meet again.”

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