Nairobi — Until the afternoon of January 15, 2018, James Oduor, known by most of his close friends as 'Odu Cobra' was a healthy, banter-loving, football enthusiast working with South Korean Electronics company LG in Nairobi.
But, Cobra hissed his last in the late hours of the day, on the eve of his birthday, as his young life was taken away by a terrorist's bullet when a reported group of six raided the DusitD2 hotel, where the company's offices are located.
"There has been a head count at LG offices and unfortunately, Odu has been confirmed dead. His family has already been informed," said Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) vice chairman James Magayi.
Oduor was among the LG officials who held a meeting with SJAK on Tuesday morning, working on preparations to launch an improved partnership between the two on the Kenyan Premier League player of the Month Awards.
Unfortunately, that would be the last time Oduor would be seen alive as hours later, he was dead.
He sent out a series of tweets saying that their offices were under siege from unknown gunmen, but at around 4pm when he sent out his last, nothing was heard of him, with his phone going off.
What's happening at 14 Riverside man. We're trapped in our buildings
-- James Odu Cobra (@Oducobra) January 15, 2019
Gunshots and non-stop explosions
Waaaah. What's happening at 14 Riverside fam? Any news from out there?
Friends and family frantically made efforts to reach him, all unsuccessful until Wednesday morning when it was confirmed he was among the people killed by the terrorists.
Not only was Oduor key in the SJAK/LG partnership, but was also a huge football enthusiast and a freelance journalist with his own channel, Wadau TV.
"Congratulations on being shortlisted. Mine did not make it but I am happy that we have at least four Kenyans. I must try again next time," Oduor told Capital FM Sports writer Timothy Olobulu when they last met at the SJAK end-year party last month, in reference to his shortlist on the AIPS Media Awards where he had also submitted his work from Wadau TV.
Kenyan football fans poured into social media to pay their respects to Oduor whose jovial and friendly nature had cut across.
"No one ever defended me the way you did @Oducobra, even when I was clearly on the wrong. Rest easy me bredda, that birthday playlist you were preparing yesterday before the attack, me ago buss it loud. You are my friend for life," one of his very close friends, journalist Jeff Kinyanjui tweeted.
No one ever defended me the way you did @Oducobra, even when I was clearly on the wrong. Rest easy me bredda, that birthday playlist you were preparing yesterday before the attack, me ago buss it loud. You are my friend for life ♥️ pic.twitter.com/oa4jmbywPX
-- Jeff Kinyanjui (@Nyash88) January 16, 2019
FKF Boss Nick Mwendwa said; "Fare thee well my friend. Your good spirit will live on in football. You did your part. We shall do ours and remember you."
Fare thee well my friend. Your good spirit will live on in football. You did your part. We shall do ours and remember you. pic.twitter.com/k0BO9Qzxs6
-- Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) January 16, 2019
Go well Odu Cobra... ..you tried your best to escape but they got you. We celebrate your birthday today knowing you are a hero. Wadau TV will live on... ..
-- Mike Okinyi (@MikeOkinyi) January 16, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we must share the sad news of the passing of a great man James Oduor Cobra aka ODu... .
You were and are still an inspiration to all, with a heart that radiated love and warmth through all our lives. You will truly be missed and forever remembered. pic.twitter.com/6DlQQQn4Kv
-- SonySugarFC (@SonySugarFC) January 16, 2019
So saddened to loose him on his birthday. Rest with the Angeles Cobra
-- Jeff Ougo Millionaire@Heart💸 (@ougo_odiwuor) January 16, 2019
A lover of sports who seeks to tell the African story in an African way. Top ten finalist of the Abu Dhabi Sports Media Pearl Awards. Be it on the pitch, court, track, pool or course, the story will be told. On twitter @KakaTimm
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