Five things that Margaret Ogola is still remembered for

If Dr. Margaret Atieno Ogola was still alive, she would be turning 61 today.

Even if the pediatrician and award-winning author died eight years ago, her memory still lives on.

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On Wednesday, she was honoured by Google with a doodle on their search engine.

Here are five things that Kenyans still remember about Dr Margaret Ogola:

1. Her first book was a set book

The first book that Dr. Ogola ever wrote was appreciated in the literally world by being used as a set book in the Kenya Secondary schools between 1998 and 2000.

Titled, The River and the Source, the book speaks about the political and social changes, the AIDS crisis, and role of women in the African society.

2. She authored five other books

Other than her first book, the pediatrician also penned other books such as I swear by Apollo,  Place of Destiny (the story of a woman dying with cancer), and Cardinal OtungaA Gift of Grace, a biography she wrote together with Margaret Roche.

She also wrote a sex education handbook with her husband titled, Educating in Human Love .

Before she passed on, Dr Ogola wrote a novel titled Mandate of the People, which was published five years after her passing. The novel is based on an election period in a land called Migodi.

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3. Her books won several awards

The River and the Source won two awards: the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 1995.

Dr Ogola ‘s other novel, Place of Destiny also won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2007.

One of Margaret Ogola’s daughters during a reading of her late mother’s book at Prestige Bookshop.
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4. A practising doctor

The renowned author was also a practising pediatrician at the Kenyatta National Hospital. She had a degree in Medicine and Surgery and a Masters in Pediatrics. Dr. Ogola oversaw 400 health centers in Kenya.

Dr. Margaret’s other daughter during a reading at Prestige Bookshop.
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5. Passionate about the less fortunate

Dr. Ogola was the Medical Director of Cottolengo Hospice for HIV and Aids orphans. She was also the Country Coordinator of the Hope for Africa Children’s Initiative.

For being so concerned with the vulnerable in society, she was honored with the Familias Award for Humanitarian Service by the World Congress of Families in Geneva, Switzerland.

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