Margaret Kenyatta

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Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta
Margaret Kenyatta seated.jpg
Kenyatta in August 2018
First Lady of Kenya
Assumed office
9 April 2013
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byLucy Kibaki
Personal details
Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo

(1964-04-08) 8 April 1964 (age 58)
(m. 1991)
  • Jomo
  • Ngina
  • Jaba
Residence(s)State House

Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta (born Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo; 8 April 1964) is a Kenyan educator who has served as the First Lady of Kenya since 2013, she is the wife of Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Kenya's fourth president. Her husband was inaugurated on 9 April 2013 at Kasarani.[1]


Kenyatta was born to a Kenyan father, Njuguna Gakuo, a former director of the Kenya Railways Corporation, and a German mother, Magdalena.[2] She attended St. Andrews School in Molo, Kenya, and received a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University.[2]

Social activism[edit]

Kenyatta has voiced her opinion on a number of social issues in Kenya ranging from mother and child wellness,[3][4] including a mother baby hospital unit named after her.[3] Kenyatta has encouraged patients to fight cancer by early screening for breast, cervical and prostate cancer[5] and tackling diabetes by encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Kenyatta is also a big supporter of numerous educational and charity programs in Kenya, taking part in the opening of WE Charity college in Narok county,[6] and promoting conservation of historic sites and monuments.[7]

Public opinion of her in Kenya tends to focus positively on the simplicity of her fashion and temperament, and negatively on her perceived timidity.[citation needed] Since the inauguration, Kenyatta has headed up a campaign, dubbed the Beyond Zero Campaign,[8] to reduce child maternal mortality rates. On 24 October 2014, she was named Kenya Person of the Year.[9] She is Catholic and serves as an alumna of the Catholic girls' school, Kianda School.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Uhuru sworn in as president - Daily Nation". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  2. ^ a b Muriuki, Benjamin (2017-05-22). "Margaret Kenyatta, Ida Odinga and Rachel Ruto Are Teachers by Profession". Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  3. ^ a b Kahenda, Mercy. "Margret Kenyatta Mother baby unit to boost maternal health in Nakuru and environs". The Standard. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  4. ^ "Kenya to take UHC lessons from Barbados, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta says". Capital News. 2019-08-09. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  5. ^ "Margaret Kenyatta calls for lifestyle change to combat disease". Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  6. ^ Kiplagat, Robert. "First Lady roots for education in eradicating poverty". The Standard. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  7. ^ Kamunde, Muraya (2019-08-10). "First Lady calls for cooperation in conservation of archaeological sites". KBC | Kenya's Watching. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  8. ^ "Unveiling UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA's wife.. Mama MARGARET WANJIRU KENYATTA". Daily Post (Kenya). March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Margaret Kenyatta is the 2014 UN in Kenya Person of the Year - Daily Nation". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  10. ^ Home page of school

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