Our beloved friend and hero, Daniel Nyacharo, also known as “Nyach Garang” passed on in a grisly road accident that occurred at Kinungi stretch on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway on August 31, 2019, killing five other people.

Today, we hold a candlelit vigil in his honour. Friends and family congregate to celebrate him. To tell stories of the memorable experiences they had with him, to release his spirit and mourn together.

Celebrating a Legend: Dan the Grand Brand!

Nyanaro and Maureen exchanging vows on their wedding day
Nyanaro and Maureen exchanging vows on their wedding day

Nyach described himself as a purpose driven creative who was passionate about Africa, a social worker, development expert, digital media strategist, art enthusiast, Clean Energy Advocate, Hip Hop Artist and Poet.

Nyach was a dedicated social justice activist, digital media marketer, hiphop artist, poet, loving husband and faithful friend to thousands of people who depended on his formidable work ethic and reliable loyalty.

His love for unity in the arts was unmatched. His promising life was cut short by careless driving, one of the many vices he spoke vehemently against.

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Inspiration from John Garang de Mabior:

John Garang de Mabior (June 23, 1945 – July 30, 2005) Sudanese politician and leader. From 1983 to 2005, he led the Sudan People's Liberation Army
John Garang de Mabior (June 23, 1945 – July 30, 2005) Sudanese politician and leader. From 1983 to 2005, he led the Sudan People’s Liberation Army

John Garang de Mabior led the Sudan People’s Liberation Army during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Following a peace agreement, he briefly served as First Vice President of Sudan for 3 weeks until his death in a helicopter crash on 30 July 2005.

He inspired a generation of activists and social change makers across Africa. Among them was Daniel Odhiambo Nyacharo aka Nyach Garang.

“We are not anybody’s burden; we are masters in our own house. We are confident in ourselves and of the future…

Let us unite against ethnic, religious, and racial divides to restore personal dignity for all.

Let us move from total economic dormancy to total vibrancy; from relegation and resignation to a cycle of poverty, destitution and misery to activism, hope and excitement.”

Dr. John Garang de Mabioor’s Speech In 1990, A Year After The SPLA’s Capture Of Torit In 1989
Onyango Otieno Nyacharo and Yung Noiz
Onyango Otieno Nyacharo and Yung Noiz

A humble teenager who grew up in Dandora Estate. Hobnobbing with Kenya’s Hiphop titans, Kalamashaka, and football maestros from the Mathare Youth Sports Association, a community development organization that uses sports to engender broad socio-economic development, while also affecting social change.

Nyach coined his stage name “Garang” motivated by the late SPLA South Sudanese leader. Garang is a common name used by the Dinka people of South Sudan.

The name has different definitions among the Dinka people i.e. the Bor Community or Twic East Community. They refer it to the God of women. And in Bahr el Ghazal the name can be defined as God.

Nyach's Graduation from Daystar
Nyach’s Graduation from Daystar
John Garang de Mabior of Sudan inspired a generation of activists and social change makers across Africa. Among them was Daniel Odhiambo Nyacharo aka Nyach Garang. Click To Tweet

True to the name, Nyach Garang’s hard hitting lyrics and poetry shook the world around him as though they were riveting accounts of the legendary freedom fighter.

Perhaps his earliest successes spewed from the sensational genus of hiphop artists hailing from the Amplified Studio that was located at Daystar University where he was a Project Management student.

His verve and relishing zest for social justice was remarkably evident in his passionate arrangements.

Nyach Kisses Maureen at their Wedding - Kids Close your eyes
Nyach Kisses Maureen at their Wedding – Kids Close your eyes

Candlelight Vigil for Daniel Nyacharo #NyachLegacy:

This Wednesday 11th September, 2019, friends and family congregate to celebrate Daniel ‘Garang’ Nyacharo – #NyachLegacy.

To tell stories of the memorable experiences they had with him, to release his spirit and mourn together. The vigil shall also double up as a fundraising event for funeral expenses. We invite you to join us.

Daniel 'Garang' Nyacharo: Celebrating a Legend #NyachLegacy
Daniel ‘Garang’ Nyacharo: Celebrating a Legend #NyachLegacy

Fundraising for Daniel Nyacharo ‘s Sendoff:

1. Paybill:

As at today, the contributions are approx. Ksh 700,000. Proceeds will be used for Dan’s send off and the rest will support his wife, Maureen Atieno (who is the one managing the contributions).

To make a contribution, kindly use the following PayBill details:

Paybill No. 924327
Account name is your name

Blood Brothers - Nyach and Paul
Blood Brothers – Nyach and Paul

2. Tshirts:

Another way to make contributions is by buying a T-shirt. One goes for 1000/- The amount spent on each will be included in @Nyacharo_’s send off fund.

We will all be wearing the T-shirts for the vigil and burial. The T-shirts are available on pre-order. Send your size and cash to 0792486942. Thanks in advance.

Fundraising for Nyach's Sendoff T-shirt
Fundraising for Nyach’s Sendoff T-shirt

A Timeline of Greatness – Daniel Nyacharo ‘s Projects:

Under In Tune For Life, Nyacharo worked alongside other artists to eradicate stigma against People living with HIV/AIDS.

In Tune For Life is an initiative that works with local communities throughout the world. Together with M-ricks, The Addvoket, Kay & Pepe Haze, they produced “Be Strong”. to help them protect and better their health via their own music and video, produced to the highest professional standards.

Dan Nyacharo and Sarah Masese at a Fatuma's Voice event
Dan Nyacharo and Sarah Masese at a Fatuma’s Voice event

Holela – Kwame Rigii feat. Nyach

Among the biggest songs he recorded was “Holela”, featured by Kwame Rigii, advocating for safe sex and reproductive rights. A revolutionary hit by the standards of the time – 2011.

‘Holela’ means ‘careless’ – and that’s what this beautiful song is about. If you’re going to do it, do it right! This animated movie addresses issues surrounding the spread of HIV.

Recorded in Nairobi in 2010 by In Tune for Life Animated Video by Nancy Ellis Main vocal by Kwame Mwanaa Mzik Rap by Nyach Production by John Mark Mastering in London by Jason Air

Kenya Hockey Union men’s National League:

Nyach featured for the Kenya Hockey Union men’s National League side between 2009 to 2015 and served the Daystar hockey team with grit, passion and enthusiasm as a goalkeeper.

Alongside his hard work and dedication, he ensured kindness and patience were served as any sailor would have liked. This helped propel his team from one level to another, smoothening his fabulous hockey career. He earned himself a spot of a mentor, a leader and a role model.

Daniel Nyacharo Playing Hockey at the City Park Hokey Stadium
Daniel Nyacharo Playing Hockey at the City Park Hokey Stadium

Daniel Nyacharo ‘s Digital Footprint:

Joining Fatuma’s Voice in 2014 was the onset of a life long journey to revolutionizing the Kenyan art scene.

As the lead social media executive, Dan guided many budding internet communications enthusiasts who’d later create a community of influencers with whom he worked to activate numerous social media campaigns.

Fatuma's Voice Anniversary
Nyach and the rest of the Fatuma’s Voice team on our Anniversary Celebration

At Fatuma’s Voice he was responsible for all social media activations.

Among the multifarious digital campaigns, he collaborated with different organizations and artists include:

  • 2018 International Day of Peace with Janet Machuka
  • Creating an arts space for Nakuru artists with Shiko Kihika
  • Part time manager for Poet Tear Drops
  • Clean Energy Campaign with Christian Aid
  • Founding Member, Chuja
  • Qui Qarreh’s brand manager
  • Maputo With Google
  • Fatuma’s Voice
  • #RiseHumanity & #GainingGrip with Spontaneous Poet
  • Kenya Poetry Slam social media #SlamAfrica
  • Devcon 2017
  • Rixpoet #TouringMyMind ebook activation, 2017
  • Pascal Tokodi’s Sitaki song launch on NTV’s AM Live in 2017
  • The first #DevolutionIsWorking with Council of Governors, 2017
Mufasa Dorphan and Nyach
Mufasa Dorphan and Nyach in 2014

Project 82 Kenya – Communications Lead

His last official assignment was at Project 82 situated in Molo where he was the Communications Lead. Nyach loved children. He believed every child deserves a safe space and quality education.

It was from his office work that he succumbed to the accident on his way back to Nairobi to spend time with his family for a couple of days as was routine. But August 31st 2019 did not let him reach home.

Who is ready for some football? - Nyach
Who is ready for some football? – Nyach

Gone Too Soon – Daniel Nyacharo ‘s Obituary:

It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on of Daniel Odhiambo Nyacharo which occurred through a tragic road accident on Saturday 31st August, 2019. He was an employee of Project 82 International in Kenya.

Husband of Maureen Atieno. Son of Mr. Robinson Ngicho Nyacharo and Mrs. Philomela Nyacharo. Brother of Joyce Atieno, Paul Charles Omondi, the late Mary Awuor and Faith Achieng. Brother-in-law of Elizabeth Omondi, Fred, Anita, Florence, Tasha, Tina, Corozon, Dennis, Brian, Vincent, Risper, Dyna, David, Lawrence, Ashley. Uncle of Kimberly, Pharell, Cherise, Nathan. A cousin of many and leaves behind several uncles, aunties and a grandmother.

Nyach giving Social Media Lessons to Lavender after the Fatuma's Voice Event
Nyach giving Social Media Lessons to Lavender after the Fatuma’s Voice Event

Family and relatives are meeting everyday at his residence in Ruiru, and Umoja Two Estate.

There will be a fundraising at Professional Centre, along Parliament Road on Tuesday 10th September at 5.00pm.

The funeral service will be held at Parklands Baptist Church on Thursday 12th September at 11.00 am.

The cortege leaves Chiromo Mortuary, on Friday 13th, September for overnight vigil in Rangwe, Homa Bay followed by burial on Saturday 14th September.

Contributions may be sent to M-Pesa Pay-bill number 924327 (Daniel Nyacharo Funeral Fund). Account name is your name.

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

(1 Thessalonians 4:14 NIV)
Daniel Nyacharo's Obituary
Daniel Nyacharo’s Obituary

Tributes from Friends to Daniel Nyacharo:

Daniel 'Garang' Nyacharo: Celebrating a Legend #NyachLegacy
Daniel ‘Garang’ Nyacharo: Celebrating a Legend #NyachLegacy