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Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ) Kenya is saddened by the shocking news of the demise of Jacob Otieno. We have lost a great theater icon in Kenya.

As a founding member of ASSITEJ Kenya, he was very instrumental in formative stages of ASSITEJ Kenya and a key pillar in the development of theatre for young audience.

Jacob Otieno was an all-rounder; as a director he helped many, as behind the scene artist he supported many and as a support staff, he guided many.

Apart from working with Jacob at ASSITEJ Kenya, he also supported our work at the Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre and particularly during the bi-annual International Puppetry Festival (IPFest) Kenya.

Jacob was very passionate about his work hence mentoring, inspiring and guiding many
As art fraternity, we are yet to come to terms with this sad news.

May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

Phylemon Odhiambo
Secretary – ASSITEJ Kenya
Director – Kenya Institute of Puppet Theatre

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