Mama Ida Odinga

Mother, Educator, Businesswoman and Activist

Known by many Kenyans today as a great mentor in her own right. A much known face that is also celebrated for her grace, talent in leadership as well as intellect, Ida is a teacher by profession having taught for a period of over 20 years since she graduated from University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Arts in 1974.

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.

The wife of Kenya’s Prime Minster, Ida has been a great influence in that journey and career that has made it possible for The Prime Minister. For more than two decades, Ida came to be known as the face of defiance to injustices and the intolerance that was witnessed during the one party state regime and came to be known as the longest political widow.

Ida is a mother of four children; the late Fidel, Rosemary, Raila Jr & Winnie; and a proud grandmother of three; Saphie, Allay and Senayi.

Contact details

East African Spectre,
First Floor, Industrial Area,
P.O. Box 78080 – 00100, Nairobi Kenya.

CURRENT POSITION(S)

Patron | White Ribbon Alliance
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services

White Ribbon Alliance – Kenya that aims at preventing maternal deaths through initiating safe motherhood programs


Patron | Freedom from Fistula Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services

Freedom from Fistula Foundation that aims at creating awareness of the causes, preventions and cure for those afflicted


Patron | Kenya Breast health organization
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services


Council Member | Maseno University
Kisumu, Kenya

Academia, Education and Training


Chairman | Advisory Board | Paraplegic Association of Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services


Patron | Kenya Medical Women’s Association
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services


Founder | Ida Odinga Trust
Nairobi, Kenya

Social Development and Community Services

To ensure the success of the girl child in schools.

“Education of women holds the key to fast and accelerated growth of any society that aims to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” She says ” It is good to have a wife, but it is even better to have an educated wife.”


PREVIOUS POSITION(S)

Managing Director | East Africa Spectre
Kisumu, Kenya | 2003

Manufacturing and Industrial


Chairman and Founder | League of Women Voters (Kenya)
Nairobi, Kenya | 1991 – 2012

Social Development and Community Services

As the former chairperson of the League of Kenya women voters, Dr Ida has devoted her efforts to provoke women to aspire for leadership especially under the current constitutional dispensation which reserves a special ratio for gender.

She wanted to see women end decades of poverty, humiliation, human rights abuses, violence and economic blackmail through participating in the ballot. She still is very influential in pushing women to plunge into political activism in order to make that change and the struggle for women continues


Teacher | Geography | Kenya High School
Nairobi, Kenya | 1976

Academia, Education and Training

Later became Head of the Geography Department

SECONDARY

CMS Schools

TERTIARY

Igbinedion University Okada

Awarded in 2011

Honorary doctorate degree in Humanities from Igbinedion University of Nigeria, Okada, for her role in the African democratization process.

University of Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya | Completed 1974

Bachelor of Arts

AWARDS

Distinguished African Amazon award | 2012

The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development has awarded Dr. Ida Odinga with the Distinguished African Amazon award for her relentless quest to empower women in the continent.

Awarded at the International Conference on African Women development held in the United Arabs Emirates capital Dubai.

She now joins the league of some of the most celebrated women achievers in Africa to have ever received this prestigious award. She was feted alongside Madam Joice Mujuru, Vice President of Zimbabwe.

 

2010 HONOREE – Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization

In 2010 at the John F. Kennedy Centre of Performing Arts in the US, Mrs Ida Odinga was awarded the prestigious Global Leadership Award by the ‘Susan G. Komen for the Cure’ for her role in initiatives related to breast cancer. Through this, she became the Breast Cancer ambassador for Africa.

MEMBERSHIPS

Maendeleo Ya Wanawake

Life Member

COMMUNITY

Integrated carepack program

Champion

Integrated carepack program is an integrated disease prevention, care and treatment programme. Through mass HIV counselling and testing, and promoting the use of treated mosquito nets, water purifiers, condoms and educational materials, this campaign has the potential to reduce episodes of malaria, diarrhoea and sexually-transmitted diseases

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Champion

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and UNICEF Nutrition Initiatives. The mission is to reduce malnutrition through food fortification and other sustainable strategies aimed at improving the health and nutrition of populations at risk

Children With Cancer

Supporter

End Jiggers Campaign

Supporter

Managing Breast Cancer

Supporter

Freedom from Fistula

Ambassador for Freedom from Fistula, 2009 – present

In May 2009, she was nominated and accepted to serve as the Ambassador for Freedom from Fistula and has recently launched a programme that mentors girls to stay and complete their education in schools.

White Ribbon Alliance

Ambassador

She has also been vocal in the “White Ribbon Alliance” campaign which advocates for safe motherhood programmes to prevent maternal deaths and promotion of awareness on breast cancer.