The University of Nairobi’s linguistics Professor, Duncan Okoth Okombo, is dead.
In a message to the University’s staff, Prof. Peter Wasamba informed the institution’s staff of their colleague’s demise.
“Dear colleagues, we are sad to inform you that Prof Okoth left us today to be with his maker. Our hearts go out to his family, students, colleagues, and friends. May God grant his soul peace everlasting,” Prof Peter Wasamba, Dean, Faculty of Arts, said in a message to UoN staff.
Sources privy to the family indicated that the distinguished Professor passed on on Wednesday night at the Agha Khan hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
At the time of his death, Prof. Okombo was the serving patron of the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Economic Development in Africa (YALDA), UoN Chapter. He was also considered to be the brainchild of African sign language studies.
From the editorial department of The Nairobi Observer, we honor the contributions that the distinguished professor made in advancing linguistics in the continent. We also send out deepest condolences to the family, friends and the entire University of Nairobi community at this time of grief.