Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

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Peter Anyang' Nyong'o
Governor of Kisumu County[1]
Assumed office
22 August 2017
DeputyMathew Ochieng’ Owili
1st Senator of Kisumu County
In office
28 March 2013 – 8 August 2017
Succeeded byFrederick Outa Otieno
Minister of Medical Services
In office
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Member of the Kenyan Parliament
In office
ConstituencyKisumu Rural
Personal details
Born (1945-10-10) 10 October 1945 (age 76)
Ratta, Kisumu, Kenya
Political partyODM
Spouse(s)Dorothy Ogada Buyu Nyong'o[2]
Children6, including Lupita
Alma materMakerere University (BA)
University of Chicago (MA), (PhD)
Notable AwardsGerman-African Award (1995)
Africa Brain Gain Award (2005)
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Peter Anyang' Nyong'o (born 10 October 1945) is a Kenyan politician and author[3] who is also the former Governor of Kisumu County. He is a former Secretary-General of Orange Democratic Movement (the current Secretary-General is Edwin Sifuna). Professor Nyong'o was the acting party leader from March 11 until late May when Raila Odinga was in the United States[4] and was elected to the National Assembly of Kenya in the December 2007 parliamentary election, representing the Kisumu Rural Constituency.[5] He was the Minister for Medical Services and previously the Minister for Planning & National Development. He is currently serving as the Governor for Kisumu County after serving as the Senator from 2013 to 2017.

Life and career[edit]

Nyong'o was born in Ratta, Kisumu, Kenya.[2] He completed his undergraduate studies at Uganda's Makerere University, where he was awarded a 1st class honours degree in political science. He Served as Guild president of Makerere in 1969/70. 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.

He was a member of the Kenyan Senate representing Kisumu County from March 4, 2013 to August 8, 2017 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.[6] From 2003 to 2005, Nyong'o served as the Minister for Planning and National Development, and from 2008 to 2013 he was the Minister for Medical Services.[3]

He is credited for actively engaging in the movement for Kenya's second liberation during the previous KANU regime.[7] 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."

His children are Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o,[8] fashion designer Fiona Nyongo'o,[9] Esperanza Wamoni Nyongo'o,[10] businesswoman Zawadi Nyongo'o, and Peter Nyongo'o, who plays soccer as a goalkeeper.[9]


  1. ^ "List of elected Governors in August 8th Election" (PDF). Capital FM Kenya. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Stated on Finding Your Roots, November 14, 2017
  3. ^ a b "Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, former Minister of Medical Services for Kenya". Voices in Leadership. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 2013-11-14. Archived from the original on 2020-11-16. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  4. ^ "ODM widens coalition rift", Daily Nation, 20 April 2009.
  5. ^ Members Of The 10th Parliament Archived 2008-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. Parliament of Kenya. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  7. ^ "Tracing fortunes of second liberation 'Young Turks' - Daily Nation". Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  8. ^ Williams, Sally. "Lupita Nyong'o spoils guests at her dinner bash". Standard Media. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b Fernell, Ryan. "Peter Nyong'o - Men's Soccer - Stetson University Athletics". Stetson University. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  10. ^ Fernell, Ryan. "Lupita Nyong'o: Story of Assault". The Seneca Valley Arrowhead. Retrieved 17 January 2014.

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