Ida Odinga

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Ida Odinga
Ida Odinga 2009.jpg
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Kenya
In office
17 April 2008 – 9 April 2013
Preceded by Ngina Kenyatta
Succeeded by Post abolished
Personal details
Born Ida Anyango Oyoo
(1950-08-24) 24 August 1950 (age 67)
Migori, Kenya
Spouse(s) Raila Odinga
Children Four

Ida Betty Odinga[1] (born Ida Anyango Oyoo on 24 August 1950[2])[3] is a Kenyan businesswoman, activist and educator. She is the wife of Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya.[3][4][5]

Odinga earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nairobi in 1974 when she was 24 years old.[3][5] She worked as a teacher for more than twenty years after graduation.[5] She married Raila Odinga, with whom she has four children.[1]

Raila Odinga was imprisoned in 1982 as a political prisoner by the government of President Daniel arap Moi.[1] Ida Odinga largely raised her children herself during those years while working as a teacher.[4][6]

Odinga founded the League of Kenya Women Voters in 1991,[4] which promotes opportunities for women in the political arena.[3][6] She served as the chairperson of the League.[5] She has also championed a host of other causes, many focused on women, children and health in Kenya.[4] Odinga has advocated for the prevention of breast cancer and fistulas, and eradication of the chigoe flea.[3] She has also mentored Kenyan schoolgirls and sat on the board of directors for an organization which aids paraplegics.[3]

She became the managing director of the East African Spectre, a liquified gas cylinder manufacturing company, in 2003, becoming one of the first women to head a major Kenyan corporation.[3][4]

In 2010, Standard Digital News named her the second most powerful woman in Kenya.[3]

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."[4]


  1. ^ a b c Vogt, Heidi (2008-02-28). "Kibaki, Odinga have a long history". Associated Press. USA Today. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Top most powerful Kenyan women". The Standard Digital. 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Taylor, Felicia (2012-06-22). "Why Ida Odinga is not your average politician's wife". CNN - African Voices. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d Vogt, Heidi. "Lady Ida Odinga". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  6. ^ a b "Ida Odinga on Her Life, Marriage and Children – Wife to Kenya Prime Minister Raila Odinga (Drum February 2011)". Drum (Kenyan magazine). 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2012-08-09.