How Chance Meeting With Ida Odinga Changed my Life - Journalist

  • Millicent Dorothy Kajimba(left) and Ida Odinga(right) after Dorothy Graduated on November 21, 2020.
    Millicent Dorothy Kajimba(left) and Ida Odinga(right) after Dorothy Graduated on November 21, 2020.
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  • Millicent Dorothy Kajimba, the journalist of the Office of The Prime Minister has narrated how meeting Ida Odinga in church changed her entire life. 

    Speaking in an interview on Wednesday, October 27, Dorothy stated that she was an uneducated girl in the village, mentoring young girls in the church. 

    Dorothy narrated that her doors opened when Ida Odinga and the Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga visited their church for a prayer service. 

    “Being an usher, I would be seen walking around from time to time, and I noticed that mama Ida Odinga was interested in me from the way she was looking at me. 

    An undated image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga.
    An undated image of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his wife Ida Odinga.
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    “She called me and asked my name, and later on, inquired from further details about me,” Dorothy explained. 

    The journalist proceeded to narrate that after Ida listened to her story, she requested that the father allows her to take Dorothy with her, for mentorship.

    “Father told mama Ida that I will only give her to you on condition that you will educate her. Ida accepted right away, and said that she wants me to come back and help the society,” Dorothy narrated. 

    She proceeded to state that after the father agreed to the terms, Ida left some money that would help her travel to Nairobi. 

    Dorothy says that she was taken to Nairobi by the former Prime Minister, Orwa Ojode, and that’s when she started staying with Ida. 

    “Wherever Ida went, I was always with her. At that time, she was mentoring girls in different schools, and would always let me talk to the girls. 

    “That is when I started picking the power to mentor young girls. It reached a point where she would book media interviews for me to speak to the girls,” Dorothy explained. 

    Dorothy mentioned that although she was growing but wasn’t educated, Ida took her to The Kenya Polytechnic, which is now the Technical University of Kenya, and graduated with a diploma in Journalism and Public Relations. 

    Before she completed her studies, she got an internship opportunity at KTN.

    “I don’t know if you can remember that saga of Raila being sent policemen from State House to come and cover him. He rejected them, and I was the one who took that clip. It sold so well, and when I left, KTN gave me a very good recommendation because of that. That’s how my career began,” Dorothy noted. 

    An undated image of Ida Odinga and school girls after a mentorship session.
    An undated image of Ida Odinga and school girls after a mentorship session.
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