Lupita's Mother Honoured by Harvard University

  • Lupita Nyong'o (right) with her mother, Kisumu First Lady Dorothy Nyong'o Facebook
  • Lupita Nyong'o's mother, Dorothy Nyong'o, who is also the first lady of Kisumu has been honoured by Harvard University.

    She was among the winners announced in the 2019 Global Health Catalyst Awards where she bagged the 2019 Harvard Global Health Catalyst Cancer Advocacy Champion Award.

    Taking to his social media, Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o congratulated his wife for the accolade in her work.

    "Let me take this opportune moment to congratulate my dear wife. This is in recognition of her limitless efforts in the war against cancer through Africa Cancer Foundation where she sits as the Foundation's Managing Trustee.

    Head of Non-Communicable Diseases Division at the Ministry of Health Dr. Joseph Kibachio hands over a copy of the National Cancer Control Strategy 2017-2022 to Kisumu County First Lady Dorothy Nyong’o.

    The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) summit is a premier yearly event at Harvard with satellite conferences in Europe and Africa dedicated to catalyzing high impact international collaborations and initiatives to eliminate global health disparities, with main focus on cancer and other non-communicable diseases.

    Awardees are usually nominated and voted for by Harvard GHC organizing committee and past award winners. Award winners will be specially recognized during the 2019 summit slated for May 24th - 26th, at Harvard Medical School.

    Dorothy, is the Managing Trustee of Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) which creates awareness on the prevention, management and treatment of cancer in Africa.

    In her position, she has provided consultancy services for the public sector, international and national NGOs most notably the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) where she conducted research and wrote a project on “strategies for increasing the visibility of NGOs in Kenya”.

    Dorothy, who had a close encounter with cancer, when her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, believes that with sufficient information sent out in the right way, the number of cancer deaths would reduce.

    "She works with faith and is optimistic that the cancer-free Africa dream will be realised through the Africa Cancer Foundation as it networks with other like-minded organisations around the world," reads her profile on the ACF webpage.

    Kisumu first lady Dorothy Nyong'o interacting with residents.