Tribute to our fallen soldier, Johnson ‘JB’ Bor

On 30th November, one of our beloved staff members, Mr. Johnson Bor, fondly referred to as JB, lost his battle with cancer while undergoing treatment in India. He started his career in 1987, when he worked as a farm manager for Nareigia Estate, Narok. A job that prepared him for what the rest of his career would be. Working in organizations that promote agricultural development. In 1991, the young Johnson joined the African Academy of Sciences as a logistics and supplies assistant. In 1994 he joined the Rockefeller Foundation as a Communications’ Assistant where he worked for 12 years where after he joined the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) where he worked as a Communications Assistant until his demise. It is in the latter two positions at the Rockefeller Foundation and AGRA that Johnson’s illustrious career as a front office manager shone. He provided the face for these organizations and in this position interacted with high level personalities.

His exceptional management of the front desk created an indelible and magnificent public relations image for these two organizations and many who encountered him always remember. In his role, he also kept the organization informed on current affairs and research trends in agriculture and other disciplines. He also dedicatedly updated the organization regularly on security issues world over considering the volatility of staff, represented staff in the KIMISITU Sacco Society and the fund manager, Alexander Forbes.

Although he is gone, Johnson will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and colleagues. He made many friends during his career in this country and internationally. He also touched many lives in his service to mankind at the Nairobi Hospice and Dagoretti Children’s home.

Tributes

What I admired most about Johnson was how deeply proud he was of his sons. I remember so well the pride he showed when talking about the Maasai initiation that one of his son’s was then undergoing. Johnson Bor was an exemplary father and a very good man. He will be deeply missed. My wife, Joyce, and I extend our sympathies and prayers of support to his family.

Peter Matlon Managing Director Africa Program, The Rockefeller Foundation (2003-2007)

Johnson was a true friend to everyone. He loved his work, his community, and his children, and he let it show. He would always introduce me to his children whenever they came to the office. He protected us against harm while traveling by always sending us travel advisories for the countries we operate in, and on several occasions the advice proved important for our daily movements. This wasn’t even part of Johnson’s job description, but he did it anyway, because he cared deeply about us and about the mission of the RF and AGRA. He was humble, proud of his heritage, a great cheerleader for his children, and a great friend. I will miss him, and will never forget him.

Joe DeVries Vice-President, Programme Development and Innovation, AGRA

When I worked with Johnson some years ago at RF – I knew him to be a dependable, friendly, gracious colleague always willing to help in any way. He was always well informed about the politics of Kenya knowledgeable about the goings-on in the city, and was the go-to person whenever you wanted to know the security situation in and around Nairobi.

Pat Naidoo Chair, Kimisitu Sacco

Johnson was my researcher whenever I sought any knowledge, he was my google. He also educated me on any topical issues that he had researched. I also depended on him to sort out my Kimisitu and ICPAK issues as well any investment or even banking.

Johnson was very consultative when he was a representative at both Kimisitu and Alexander Forbes, he always reached to me to pick my mind on a few areas of concern before he could raise them at meetings. He always did his due diligence.

He always cared for the common good, humanity and always wanted fairness and justice done to all. May God rest his soul and may the angels of heaven rejoice with him.

Benard Siro

I first met Johnson when I joined the African Academy of Sciences back in 1993 where he became an instant friend by the way he went out of his way to make me feel at home in this new job. I remember fondly several months later when I was expecting my first child the way he would offer to drive me to the ante-natal care clinic. I was later to meet him again at the Rockefeller Foundation in 2001 and worked with him more recently at AGRA. Johnson seemed to know many people. He had met my father some years back and seemed to already know who I was at a very personal level. His knack for languages quickly set people at ease as he would communicate with visitors in their own languages at the mention of the country they came from. This he did with Kenyan languages as well. He was the watchman for the staff fund manager and would bring to our attention important trends that we needed to look out for that could have affected our investments in one way or another. He was of much assistance to me in both the professional and personal fronts. He was also very vocal on staff welfare issues. He cared deeply for his sons and was very proud of them. Caroline Adala Oremo

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