Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Former assistant minister and author Grace Ogot died on Wednesday after a short illness.

She died at age 85 at Nairobi Hospital.

Ogot was a stalwart and pioneer of women liberation in Kenya, said Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi.

Noting that she was always concerned about the less privileged, especially the girl child, Mudavadi said she added compassion to politics.

"She spoke less but achieved a lot. She was the untypical politician who remains a role model on how to be a leader without losing her feminine identity," he said.

I served with Grace in Parliament and she carried herself with a lot of grace, respect and dignity. She was an icon of humility and held family values in high esteem."

Ogot was one of the most prolific authors in East Africa and the first Anglophone female Kenyan writer to be published.

Her publications include the famous Land Without Thunder, a collection of short stories about traditional life in rural western Kenya.

The others are The Promised Land, The Island of Tears, The Graduate and The Other Woman and Other Stories.

In recognition of her blossoming literary career, Ogot was named delegate to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1975.

Ogot was among the handful of women who have served as MPs in Kenya.

She was a Kanu hawk and served as assistant Culture minister during retired President Daniel Moi's regime.

From 1949 to 1953, Ogot trained as a nurse at the Nursing Training Hospital in Uganda.

She practised in London and at Maseno Hospital, run by the Church Missionary Society in Kisumu county.

She also worked for the BBC Overseas Service as a script-writer and announcer on the program.

Ogot was married to former Moi University Chancellor Bethwell Ogot, an accomplished historian who also authored a series of history texts.
Source: The Star Daily

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