Google on Wednesday, June 12, celebrated renowned Kenyan author, pediatrician, and human rights advocate, Margaret Ogola’s 60th Birthday with unique Doodle.
Born on this day in 1958, Ogola graduated from Alliance Girls High School and the University of Nairobi and had specialized in pediatrics.
Ogola regulated more than 400 health centers in Kenya where she worked with HIV-positive orphans and furthermore composed the award-winning novel, The River and The Source.
Her literary debut centered around the lives of a few generations of Kenyan women, beginning in the village.
It then traces the descendants of a matriarch named Akoko all the way to modern-day Nairobi.
En route, the novel addresses political and cultural changes as well as the AIDS emergency, continually featuring the role of ladies in African society.
She was also the nation coordinator for charities such as The Hope for Africa Children’s Initiative, CARE, Society for Women and AIDS, and Save the Children.
In the wake of being rejected by different publishers, Margaret Ogola’s novel proceeded to win the 1995 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.
“The inspiration for this book came from my mother who handed down to me the wisdom and lives of her own mother and grandmother,” said Ogola while receiving the prize.
Highlighting the courage of African ladies in their regular day to day lives, Dr. Margaret Ogola’s book became required reading for many Kenyan secondary school students.
In 1999, Ogola was honored with the Familias Award for Humanitarian Service of the World Congress of Families in Geneva, Switzerland.
After leading a successful and fulfilling life, Ogola passed away on September 21, 2011, in Nairobi.
Be that as it may, her novels and African women’s altruism and AIDS awareness raising efforts will continue her name and heritage.