|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Kenya|
17 April 2008 – 9 April 2013
|Preceded by||Ngina Kenyatta|
|Succeeded by||Post abolished|
|Born||Ida Anyango Oyoo
1950 (age 66–67)
Odinga earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi in 1974 when she was 24 years old. She worked as a teacher for more than twenty years after graduation. She married Raila Odinga, with whom she has four children.
Raila Odinga was imprisoned in 1982 as a political prisoner by the government of President Daniel arap Moi. Ida Odinga largely raised her children herself during those years while working as a teacher.
Odinga founded the League of Kenya Women Voters in 1991, which promotes opportunities for women in the political arena. She served as the chairperson of the League. She has also championed a host of other causes, many focused on women, children and health in Kenya. Odinga has advocated for the prevention of breast cancer and fistulas, and eradication of the chigoe flea. She has also mentored Kenyan schoolgirls and sat on the board of directors for an organization which aids paraplegics.
In 2010, Standard Digital News named her the second most powerful woman in Kenya.
In a 2012 interview with CNN International, Odinga elaborated on her life as a politician's wife. She told CNN's Felicia Taylor, "It's good to be a wife, but it's good to be an educated wife. Being a wife, it's just not a position of subordination -- it's a position of strength."
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