Google honours Kenyan author

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Google has honoured the late Kenyan author Margaret Atieno Ogola with a doodle on what would have been her 60th birthday.

Ogala, who died in 2011, was a renowned writer, as well as a paediatrician and medical director of Cottolengo Hospice, a hospice for HIV and Aids orphans.

Her debut novel and most popular book, The River and the Source, won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 1995 and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the same year.

It became a set text for Kenyan secondary school students.

The novel was inspired by her mother, Ogola was quoted as saying on Kenyan news site SDE.

“[She] handed down to me the wisdom and lives of her own mother and grandmother. This strength and support that is found in the African family is the most important part of our culture, and should be preserved and nurtured at all costs.”

The River and the Source is a story that follows several generations of women in the same family. She wrote two other novels.

The Google doodle has inspired fans to quote some of their favourite lines – and one person has been moved to write a poem in her memory:

Main image copyright: Google

First published 12.06.19:


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