Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

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Professor
Hon Peter Anyang' Nyong'o
FAAS, EGH
1st Senator of Kisumu County
Assumed office
28 March 2013
Minister of Medical Services
In office
2008–2013
President Mwai Kibaki
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
2003–2013
Constituency Kisumu Rural
Personal details
Born (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945 (age 71)
Kenya Colony
Nationality Kenyan
Political party ODM
Alma mater Makerere University (BA)
University of Chicago (MA), (PhD)
Notable Awards German-African Award (1995)
Africa Brain Gain Award (2005)

Peter Anyang' Nyong'o (born 10 October 1945) is a Kenyan politician. He is the former Secretary General of Orange Democratic Movement (the current acting Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement is Dr. Agnes Zani). Professor Nyon'go was the acting party leader from March 11 until late May when Raila Odinga was in the United States[1] and was elected to the National Assembly of Kenya in the December 2007 parliamentary election, representing the Kisumu Rural Constituency.[2] He was the Minister for Medical Services and previously the Minister for Planning & National Development. He is currently serving as the Senator for Kisumu County.

Life and career[edit]

Nyong'o completed his undergraduate studies at Uganda's Makerere University, where he was awarded a 1st class honours degree in political science. He thereafter proceeded to his graduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where he obtained his Master's and PhD in political science in 1977.

Nyong'o took teaching positions at the University of Nairobi, where he was a professor of political science and a visiting professor in universities in Mexico and Addis Ababa, where he served until 1987, before taking up the position of head of programs at the African Academy of Sciences.

Currently, he is a member of the Kenyan Senate representing Kisumu County since March 4, 2013 having been elected on an ODM (Orange Democratic Movement) Party ticket. He is a former Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural constituency, having been elected on a NARC ticket in the December 2002. His political career dates back to 1992, when he was first elected to parliament. He served as a nominated MP from 1998 to 2002.

He is credited with actively engaging in the movement for Kenya's second liberation during the previous KANU regime. For his contribution to scholarship and democratization, Nyong'o received a German-African Award in 1995.

From October to December 2013, Nyong'o was a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, he taught a course in the Department of Global Health and Population titled "Leadership Development in Global Health and Policy-Making in Kenya: The Case of Four Parastatals." During this time, he also participated as a speaker on Voices in Leadership, a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health webcast series, in a session titled "Linking Poverty Reduction to Improved Access to Health Care: Experiences from Kenya."[3]

His daughter is Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ODM widens coalition rift", Daily Nation, 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Former Fellows. (2015). Retrieved April 23, 2015, from http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/policy-translation-leadership-development/leadership-programs/senior-leadership-fellows/former-fellows/
  4. ^ Williams, Sally. "Lupita Nyong'o: interview with a rising star". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 

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