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Mama Ngina recognized amongst Africa’s living legends

June 12th, 2015 2 min read

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she will receive an award on behalf of Mama Ngina among other official engagements.

The “living legends” Award by the African Women of Excellence is  scheduled to be conferred on Mama Ngina on Friday evening during a dinner party hosted for various First Ladies who are in South Africa for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies Against Hiv/Aids (OAFLA).

The “living Legends” award recognizes the continent’s usung heroines especially those who have previously participated in the emancipation  of Africa either socially or politically amongst other struggles for  the betterment  of the African people.

Mama Ngina is being recognized for her role during Kenya’s freedom struggle including serving a jail term alongside other gallant Kenyans who were opposed to British  domination and oppression during the many years of Kenya’s colonialism.


After independence where the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta  became the first President of Kenya , Mama Ngina became the most popular woman in the country and was accepted and referred to as the mother of the nation.

Besides the Awards ceremony and the OAFLA  summit, the First Lady is expected to launch a new book, entitled ‘True Story of Women Peace Train from Kampala to Johannesburg’  authored by a Kenyan, Litha Musyimi-Ogana .

The book chronicles a historic event in 2002 where some 750 women  from several countries in the continent walked through seven nations in Africa from Kampala to Johannesburg to make a statement about the importance of peace and violence against women.

Two former First Ladies, Mrs. Zanele Mbeki  (South Africa ) and Mrs. Barbara Mogae (Botswana) played an important role in that  journey across Africa.

The First Lady  is accompanied to South  Africa by her daughter, Ngina Kenyatta. She was received at the Oliver Tambo International Airport by senior officials from the South African government  and Kenya’s High Commissioner Jean Kamau.