Lucy Kibaki

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Her Excellency
Lucy Kibaki
Lucy Kibaki.jpg
First Lady of Kenya
In office
30 December 2002 – 9 April 2013
Preceded by Ngina Kenyatta1
Succeeded by Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta
Personal details
Born Lucy Muthoni
1936 (1936)
Mukurwe-ini
Died 26 April 2016 (aged 80)
Bupa Cromwell Hospital, London
Nationality Kenyan
Spouse(s) Mwai Kibaki (m. 1961; d. 2016)
Children Jimmy
David Kagai
Tony Githinji
Judy Wanjiku
Residence Nairobi, Kenya

Lucy Muthoni Kibaki (1936 – 26 April 2016)[1] was the wife of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and was First Lady of Kenya from 2002 to 2013.

Biography[edit]

She was born Lucy Muthoni in 1936 to the Rev. John Kagai, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and Rose Nyachomba, in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County, Mount Kenya.[2] She was educated at Alliance Girls High School,[3] then trained as a teacher, working first at Kamwenja Teachers College and later at Kambui College in Kiambu, where she rose to the post of principal.[2] She met Mwai Kibaki in 1959. After a two-year romance, the couple married in 1961, with Lucy quitting her teaching career in 1963.[2] They had four children: Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai and Tony Githinji. Kibaki was a patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association.[4]

Lucy was renowned for her volcanic temperament and jealousy for her husband's second wife, Mary.[5]

Lucy died on 26 April 2016 at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, after brief hospitalization at the Nairobi Hospital for chest pains.[2] She was 80.

Charitable work[edit]

Lucy was known for supporting disadvantaged and disabled people.[6] She chaired the Organization of the 40 African First Ladies Against HIV/Aids.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phombeah, Gray (2005-05-06). "Kenya's controversial first lady". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d Obwocha, Beatrice (26 April 2016). "Lucy Kibaki dies". Daily Nation. 
  3. ^ "Alliance Girls High School: Historical Perspectives". Alliancegirlshigh.com. 1948-02-28. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ KBC, 23 February 2007: First Lady assures KGGA of support
  5. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21698625-mama-lucy-was-volcanic-feared-and-above-all-respected-she-died-april-26th-aged-82
  6. ^ a b BBC News, 19 May 2006 Kenyan first lady in Aids storm