‘Three years on but today is always painful’ The Odinga’s mourn late son Fidel

Today marks the third anniversary of the death of Fidel Odinga.

Fidel passed away on January 4th, 2015 leaving behind a young widow and a son. Life has never been the same for his widow and his family in general.

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Taking to twitter, the Odinga family posted a heart wrenching memorial message reminiscing

“In Loving Memory of FIDEL CASTRO ODINGA Novemnber 2, 1973 – January 4, 2015
Today like many days is full of fond memories of you. A loving son, a protective brother, a doting father and loyal friend.
Today is always.s painful because we more it is a reminder that life is sometimes rough, although we were blessed with years with you, our time together will never be enough.
For you were someone special who was thought so highly of and we will always remember you with affectio, warmth and love
Rest Peacefully Fidel Castro Odhiambo Odinga (Obange, ;nod NyarGem,)
ODINGA FAMILY .”

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Below are photos of the family Fidel left behind even though not much is heard of them since his untimely death.

The late Fidel with his wife Lwam Bekele and their son
The late Fidel with his wife Lwam Bekele and their son

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Fidel's son during his first memorial in 2016
Fidel’s son during his first memorial in 2016
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The late Fidel alongside his wife,parents ,and siblings

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‘Chinese medical workers saved my daughter ‘I would have lost her’ Raila

Raila Odinga has revealed how a 10 hour operation by ten Chinese professors saved his daughter, Rosemary’s life after a three-month nightmare.

They had first sought medical intervention in South Africa and Israel .

The African Union special envoy for infrastructure on Thursday night opened up for, the first time, on the family’s battle with Rosemary’s ordeal and the Chinese technology that saved her life.

The ODM leader recalled how a simple scan by a Chinese physical therapist revealed Rosemary’s condition and consequently set her on the path of treatment and healing.

The 10-hour operation was conducted at the prestigious Peking University.

‘I am getting more confident now on my new life after losing my sight ‘Rosemary Odinga opens up after she went blind

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Rosemary is partially blind but she can walk and talk.

Raila said that had it not been for the Chinese technology, his daughter might not have survived.

“The therapist discovered something was not adding up. So he took a scan and discovered an aneurysm, which had burst and was recurring. There was another one next to it and a tumour,”

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According to healthline.com, an aneurysm occurs when an artery’s wall weakens and causes an abnormally large bulge. This can rupture and cause internal bleeding.

After the diagnosis, Raila said, the therapist sent the scan for further analysis to Peking University in China. The family was informed that Rosemary’s condition was an emergency and they urgently sent her to Beijing.

During an interview at his Opoda home, Siaya county Raila added that his daughter stayed in the ICU for three hours before she was transferred to a general ward.

“They took two days examining her, then they decided to do a three-in-one operation … about 10 professors…It lasted about 10 hours. By the time they wheeled her out of the theatre, she was conscious and she could talk.

After six days they removed the stitches… seven days later she was discharged from the ward and put into rehab, where she was discharged three days later,”

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Raila said in a span of 12 days after Rosemary was airlifted to China, she had been operated on, rehabilitated, discharged and flown back to Kenya ­­ — this time talking and walking.

Initially, he said, the family was thunderstruck in the middle of his presidential campaigns when Rosemary fainted in Naivasha and went into a coma for eight days.

Raila said he was on a flight to Turkana with his other daughter Winnie when she (Winnie) received a text message informing them of the tragedy.

“We had to send her by air ambulance to South Africa where she stayed for three months. Her mother Ida had to take up an apartment in Johannesburg,” he said.

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A few weeks ago, Rosemary opened up about her illness that devastated her family and left her partially blind. She said trouble started last year.

During a workshop for women political aspirants in Naivasha, which she attended with her two daughters. “My head was just aching. I just had headaches,” Rosemary said.

She said that after collapsing in her room, she was airlifted to Nairobi where doctors said she was lucky to be alive. Had she been transported in an ambulance, she may not have made it.

In an interview she said she was lucky to be alive

“To me it was something new. I had a tumour and two aneurysms. They were able to clip the two aneurysms here in Kenya, but they were unable to get to the tumour.

Eventually, my friends described a place for treatment. So we went to China where they were able to get to tumour and cut it out. We were lucky it was benign.”

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To end speculation on her health condition, Rosemary had said she cannot see with her left eye.

“I see mostly from my right eye, but it is half vision. It is foggy. It is like looking through water in a glass. It is hazy. I see things that are very close to me,” she said.

The illness forced her to shelve her political ambitions for the Kibra MP seat last year.

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‘I just collapsed onto the help…’ Rosemary Odinga on discovering she is partially blind

Weeks after word went round that Rosemary Odinga has lost her sight she has come out to talk about the day her whole world changed forever.

In an emotional interview with Citizen TV, Rosemary Odinga recalled how she had traveled to Naivasha, where she was mentoring young women in politics and it’s there where she knew about her blindness.

She said;

“I was doing a workshop for ladies who want to be politicians ,and my head was just aching then I remember I was called for breakfast and I couldn’t open the door.

Eventually after knocking and opening the door I just collapsed onto the help who was there.”

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She added;

“My older daughter ran to the clinic and they sent an ambulance which came and picked me up. Then they said we could drive to Nairobi but I said I couldn’t make it so they sent for a chopper which brought me to Nairobi.”

The second child of Mama Ida and Raila Odinga also addressed rumours that she was totally blind and couldn’t see anything.

She said;

“I don’t really see out of the left eye, I can see through the right eye but its foggy. It’s like looking through a glass with water in it.

So I see mostly though the right eye but its half the vision and I can see things that are very close to me.”

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Idah Odinga with her grandchildren

Rosemary revealed she lived in denial and cried every time after she realized she couldn’t see again.

“The transition was very challenging sometimes I could give up and find myself crying all the time.

I am using to living a certain lifestyle where I am very independent, making my own choices in life then suddenly I was not able to do that.

I was feeling hopeless and helpless during my first stages of partial blindness.”

Her family is very supportive of her and she revealed that even community members have been there for her and occasionally visit her to pray for her.

Rosemary during a past event with her parents Idah and Raila Odinga
Rosemary during a past event with her parents Idah and Raila Odinga

‘I am getting more confident now on my new life after losing my sight ‘Rosemary Odinga opens up after she went blind

The brave mother of two said she has ‘now adapted to her new lifestyle and can even find her way around the house and choose her own outfits’.

“I draw strength from my daughters because of them I’m alive. I said to myself If I give up now what am I teaching them?

I’m teaching them that whenever you have a hiccup in life to give up? And I said, ‘NO I have to continue and try and be successful’.”

Rosemary is still determined, when asked about if she would ever go back to politics, she responded;

“If GOD gives me an opportunity and people are willing to support me, then I will not shy away from a leadership position.

There are so many examples in the world of persons with disability who are able to provide leadership to the community.”

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Fashion Alert!! Kenyan Women Slaying in Their 30s, 40s And 50s

Women in their 40’s and 50’s are giving girls a run for their money with their fashion. Gone are the days where their fashion was considered old school.

This list of older Kenyan women proves that age ain’t nothing but a number. Go through;

Margaret Kenyatta

The First Lady keeps it simple and descent and proves to ladies that life begins after 40, with her unique sense of fashion.

Margaret, always steps out in dresses or skirt suits, and at her age she has a beautiful  body and a beautiful smile to top it up, an added bonus is the short natural hair she rocks making her regal.

 

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Prisca Namwamba

Prisca Namwamba, wife to former MP for Budalangi Ababu Namwamba, is not shy when it comes to fashion and flaunting her beautiful body in flattering attire.

Be it in swimsuits, office wear or casual clothing  she simply looks amazing.

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Cathy Kiuna 

“Mum” as she is fondly referred to by her fans and church members is a true definition that being in Christianity does not have to be boring when it comes to fashion.

Cathy, a pastor at Jubillee Christian Church (JCC) together with her husband has a great sense of fashion  and she seems to have a special place for beautiful heels which is every girls dream.The mother of 3 does not shy away from dressing well.

 

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Idah Odinga

Wife to NASA leader Raila Odinga, Idah knows how to dress conservatively without looking “old”. The mother of four who is found of rocking African attires still has it when it comes to fashion and we applaud her for that.CahpvwYWAAEQKkj

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Julie Gichuru

Believe it or not Julie in her forties dresses better than some of us in our twenties. She knows how to dress for different occasions unlike the normal Kenyan girls who just pick stuff from the wardrobe.

While some of us are busy following youtube tutorials for make up lessons, hers is always on point regardless of whether she is at work or at home. She is a true definition of beauty with brains given that she is a mother of 5, an entrepreneur and a wife .

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Sheila Mwanyigha

The talented media personality is ageing like fine wine, the curvaceous and beautiful Sheila always brings out her best foot forward in the fashion department.

Although no one knows her exact age it is argued she is in her late thirties or early forties, which she is embracing so well, she knows how to dress her body without over doing it and we love it.

With the current generation where people are dying to show off skin, Sheila dresses with the intention of letting team mafisi imagine what’s hidden under the beautiful figure hugging dresses.

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