Rapper David Mathenge, well known by his stage name Nameless, is advocating for the renaming of a road in Nairobi’s South C to honor the late rapper Issah Mmari- Esir.
Nameless claims in his petition that E-Sir deserves to be recognized as a national legend and was one of the best rappers to come out of the Kenyan music scene.
“In honour of this iconic Kenyan artist who was not only a great talent and friend to many but a pioneer in his genre of music we are calling on the Nairobi County Council (NCC) and The Office of the Ombudsman to name a road, drive or street in South C in ‘E-Sir’s” name as a way of celebrating artistic talent and in honour of his memory,” Nameless said in his petition.
On the 16th of March 2003, E-sir was returning to Nairobi from a concert when he was involved in a car accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, dying at the age of 19.
The late ‘Boomba Train’ hitmaker had admirable values that many young people may aspire to, Nameless said, adding that the road’s designation would go a long way toward promoting arts and culture in Kenya.
“E-Sir’s legacy continues to inspire generations after his passing with his talent, hard work, passion and humility. The naming of a road after him will celebrate these great values and recognize the importance of the arts in our culture,” Nameless said.
E-Sir had produced a number of big hits before his death, including Boomba Train, in which Nameless was a featured artist, Kamata, Saree, Hamnitishi, and Mos Mos with Brenda.
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The petition is expected to be delivered to the governor’s desk, the Nairobi County Assembly, and the Transports and Roads county executive (CEC), who will decide whether the petition will be approved.