Ida Odinga is a true definition of beauty, power, class, and influence. Married the Former Prime Minister, Raila Amolo Odinga. she is a Kenyan businesswoman, activist and educator.she is one of the richest women in kenya
IDA ODINGA BIOGRAPHY
Odinga earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi in 1974 when she was 24 years old.While attending the University of Nairobi, she met her future husband, Raila Odinga, who was an employee of the university’s Department of Engineering at the time
Ida came to be known as the face of mothers and women’s rights. She has influenced the lives of very many girls who today hold high offices in Kenya and attribute their success to the motherly love and patience she showed to them. Ida is also celebrated as one the first women to head a major corporate when she took over as the Managing Director of East Africa Spectre in 2003. Ida has great compassion for children and especially those that have no one to take care of them.
IDA ODINGA CV AND EDUCATION
She worked as a teacher for more than twenty years after graduation. She taught at Kenya High School, an all-girls public school located near Nairobi. Her students included the late Governor of Bomet County, Joyce Laboso.
Raila Odinga was imprisoned in 1982 as a political prisoner by the government of President Daniel arap Moi. Ida Odinga largely raised her children herself during those years while working as a teacher. However, Ida Odinga was later expelled from her teaching position by the Kenya African National Union-led government due to Raila Odinga’s political opposition.
Odinga founded the League of Kenya Women Voters in 1991, which promotes opportunities for women in the political arena. She served as the chairperson of the League.She has also championed a host of other causes, many focused on women, children and health in Kenya.Odinga has advocated for the prevention of breast cancer and fistulas, and eradication of the chigoe flea. She has also mentored Kenyan schoolgirls and sat on the board of directors for an organization which aids paraplegics.
She became the managing director of the East African Spectre, a liquified gas cylinder manufacturing company, in 2003, becoming one of the first women to head a major Kenyan corporation.
IDA AND BETTY ODINGA MARRIAGE
In an interview with KTN, Raila Odinga revealed that he met Ida while he was a lecturer at Nairobi university and way before he had joined active politics.
According to the CORD leader, he and his cousin had gone to visit Ida’s brother who lived in Pangani estate then. When they got there, they found Ida and her sisters, they were actually having a family get together at the time.
While he was instantly captivated, Ida says she never thought of anything beyond just friendship. But Raila Odinga being the man he is, hatched a plan to meet Ida again and pour out his heart to her.
Ida admits that when she fell for her husband back then, she was sure he would never join politics. Whats more? she and her friends were trying to avoid marrying potential politicians. While the tradition in most Kenyan communities prohibit sisters or cousins from getting married in the same home or marrying ladies they have family relations to, the Luo community has no such limitations.
In fact brothers can marry two ladies who are sisters just the same way male cousins can marry ladies who are cousins the way Raila and his cousin married from the same family. Raila married Ida Oyoo Odinga on September 1 1973 and together they have four children including the late Fidel Odinga who passed on in January 2015.
Ida Anyango Oyoo was born in 24 August 1950
IDA ODINGA RESPONSIBLE FOR UHURU-RAILA HANDSHAKE
Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh has now credited Ida Odinga for being the defining factor in the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
The CAS, in an undated video obtained by Citizen Digital, alluded that the Head of State and the former Prime Minister were being given too much credit by Kenyans over their now famous peace initiative.
“We’re giving too much credit to Uhuru kenyatta and Raila, I want to tell you the truth today. The handshake between Uhuru and Raila came from Mama Ida odinga,” said Shebesh.
“Because Uhuru told me that if it was not for Mama Ida, he would not have sat down with Raila and he (Raila) would not have listened to him because the tension was high.”
The former Nairobi Women Representative further lauded the March 9, 2018 handshake saying it had helped bring peace and stability to the country.
She also criticized a section of politicians who have openly voiced negative opinions about it urging Kenyans to “leave them alone because they’re being paid.”