The 70th birthday of flamboyant Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli is forever with the mockingbirds after he was immortalised in song.
The song Atwoli Birthday 6.6 was released on June 5 by rhumba musicians Evala Mbuta and Koko Nyboma moments after the COTU boss was surprised by his wife Mary Kilobi at his Nakuru office.
“May God bless you for now and for many years to come. I thank you,” said Atwoli in his cameo appearance towards the tail-end of the video.
Clad in a dashing checked blazer, a light blue designer shirt that he matched with his trademark splash of gold rings, bracelets and necklaces, the firebrand unionist was visibly happy as the wife and colleagues brought in a cake draped in a strip of ‘COTU purple.’
“May the Almighty God continue to bless you, Keep you strong, Healthy and Happy and May He watch over you for us! Unapendwa ajabu! Happy birthday Mr. Amazing!” wrote Kilobi on Instagram.
Speaking to Uhondo , Kilobi admitted that she turned down an initial proposal by the man she calls ‘Mr. Amazing’ due to their age difference.
“He proposed to me but I said no. But he insisted, saying that he was serious and would wait for even 1,000 years for me to say ‘yes’ and marry him…
But I have now realised that age should never be a key consideration in a relationship. Atwoli is that guy who is never bothered about mundane issues that sometimes break up marriages…
“I love Atwoli, he is a caring man who is always there for me. Given another chance, I will still fall in love with him,” said Kilobi.
She is a Kiswahili TV anchor with KTN.
Here is the song;