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Jaramogi Odinga

Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga

Nickname: ''Ja Ramogi''

Kenya's 1st Vice President


Born in Kenya

Deceased 20-01-1994 in Nairobi

A Luo Chieftain who became a prominent figure in Kenya's struggle for independence. He later served as Kenya's first Vice-President, and thereafter as opposition leader.

He was christened Obadiah Adonijah, he later renounced his Christian names and became known as Oginga Odinga.

Odinga was polygamous and had four wives: Mary Juma, Gaudencia Adeya, Susan Agik and Betty Adongo. With these wives he had seventeen children. Mary is the mother of Raila and Oburu. Mary died in 1984


Business Address

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Professional details

Previous Position(s)

Chairman | FORD Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya | 1992 - 1994

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Odinga himself vied for presidency on Ford-Kenya ticket, but finished fourth with a share of 17.5% votes


Member of Parliament | Bondo Constituency | FORD Kenya
Bondo, Kenya | 1992 - 1994

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Chairman | Forum for the Restoration of Democracy
Nairobi, Kenya | 1991 - 1992

Government, Public Administration and Defence

1991 he co-founded and became the interim chairman of Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD)



Vice President | The Kenya Government
Nairobi, Kenya | 1964 - 1966

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Kenya's first Vice President when Kenya became a republic



Member | Legislative Council for the Central Nyanza constituency | The Kenya Government
1957

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Politician | Kenya African Union
Nairobi, Kenya | 1948 - 1960

Government, Public Administration and Defence


King | Luo Thrift and Trading Corporation
1947 - 1957

Social Development and Community Services

Spurred to empower his Kenyan Luo ethnic group, Odinga started the Luo Thrift and Trading Corporation (registered in 1947). With time, Odinga and his group undertook to strengthen the union between Luo people in the whole of East Africa. His efforts earned him admiration and recognition among the Luo, who revered him as Ker – a title previously held by the fabled classical Luo king, Ramogi Ajwang, who reigned 400 years before him. Vowing to uphold the ideals of Ramogi Ajwang, Odinga became known as Jaramogi (man of the people of Ramogi).
(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaramogi_Oginga_Odinga)



Educational history

Secondary

Alliance High School, Kikuyu, Kenya
Maseno School, Maseno, Kenya

Tertiary

Makerere University

Kampala, Uganda

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