My Father's Remarks Sometimes Shock Me - Winnie Odinga

  • Winnie Odinga and her father Raila Odinga
    Winnie Odinga and her father Raila Odinga
  • Winnie Odinga, daughter of Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) Party Leader, has shared snippets of her relationship with her father and the struggles that come with being a politician's child.

    Speaking during an interview on Radio Jambo, she revealed that Odinga, on most occasions, does not heed the advice given by the family.

    "Baba is more easy-going but sometimes I tell him don't do that or instruct him not to say certain things, but he doesn't listen.  

    "Most of the times, when speaking on TV, I get shocked wondering why he has to make certain remarks," she stated.

    Winnie Odinga embracing her Late Brother Fidel Odinga
    Winnie Odinga embracing her Late Brother Fidel Odinga

    According to the outspoken daughter, her father's political career has been instrumental in their family's bond.

    "Politics runs within the family. On most occasions, I accompany him( Raila) to most of his tours. I’m his bodyguard, his briefcase carrier, travel companion or even driver if need be," she stated.

    Winnie also recalled the turbulent moment during the passing of her close confidant and brother Fidel Odinga who was found dead in his Karen home in January 2015. She described Fidel, who was perceived as the heir to Raila's political throne, as a loving and protective brother who was hands-on when it came to matters politics. 

    Winnie also reminisced on the botched swearing-in of Raila as the People's president at Uhuru Park, Nairobi County in January 2018.  

    She recalled the feeling of anxiety and fears that crept within the family as they proceeded to Uhuru park alluding to when late US President John Kennedy was assassinated while on a motorcade.

    "My father didn't want me to go, but I insisted on being by his side," she stated.

    Further, she pointed out the challenges associated with being the former Prime Minister's child. From being bullied in high school to living a secluded life, addressing the hate comments about her family on social media, she summed up her whole life as a taxing job.

    Born in a family of three, Winnie has spent most of her early childhood travelling to different countries before eventually pursuing International Business and Corporate Communications at Drexel university in Philadelphia, United States.

    The 30-year-old is the CEO of BrickHouse Counsel which primarily deals with consultancy services and strategic planning for businesses within the Kenyan market. Further, she fancies herself as a tech guru who likes to invest in technological projects which offer solutions to common problems facing the country.

    Winnie Odinga posing for a photo in March 2019
    Winnie Odinga posing for a photo in March 2019
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