Mary Auma, the mother of former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech was the entrepreneur behind Mama Oliech Restaurant, one of the most popular eateries in Kenya.
Mary succumbed to cancer on Friday night after a long battle but her restaurant remains standing as a testament to her legacy.
When former US President Barrack Obama visited his grandmother's K'ogelo home last week, he feasted on ugali and tilapia with stew prepared by Lilian Oliech, Dennis' sister who runs the restaurant in Hurlingam, Nairobi.
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in Kenya in 2016, he enjoyed the same famous meal at the Hurlingam restaurant alongside ICT CS Joe Mucheru.
The restaurant features in several international tourist guides as an unmissable stop for travelers in Nairobi.
When a section of social media users turned on Oliech last year accusing him of wasting money, Mama Oliech issued a statement revealing the support Dennis had always offered to his family including with the restaurant.
“It is very unfortunate Kenyans are accusing my son of being broke and living a pathetic life, yet he is the one who at one point raised the Kenyan flag high when his goal helped Stars to qualify for their last Africa Cup of Nations event in 2004.
“He has helped us whenever he can when it comes to family projects. However, all his siblings are stable and have families and jobs of their own. When I was battling Lymphoma Cancer, he played a big role in making sure I got well.
“He found a doctor in France who treated me from 2013 to 2016.He spent huge amounts of money. Now I am well, I just attend physiotherapy. Also, he supported me to open a second branch of Mama Oliech and a pub at Dagoretti Centre,” she stated.
Condolences have been flowing in since it was confirmed that Mama Oliech had passed away on 20th July, 2018.
She was hailed as a loving mother who saw to it that her children became their best selves all while serving Kenyans unforgettable meals.