12 June 2019

Kenya: Google Doodle Honours Novelist Margaret Ogola

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Kenyan writer Margaret Ogola.

Kenyan writer Dr Margaret Ogola, whose debut novel 'The River and the Source' won awards around the globe, was on Wednesday honoured by Google with a doodle.

Dr Ogola died in September 2011. She would have been 60 today.

Her debut novel followed four generations of Kenyan women in a rapidly changing country and society.

"Happy to celebrate Kenyan award-winning author, activist and doctor, the late Dr Margaret Ogola, author of The River and the Source," wrote Goggle.

Happy to celebrate Kenyan award-winning author, activist and doctor, the late Dr Margaret Ogola, author of The River and the Source. Which is your favourite quote from the book? #RememberingMargaretOgola #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/jOpphTCkLZ

- Google in Africa (@googleafrica) June 12, 2019

Dr Ogola won the 1995 Commonwealth Writer's Prize for the Best First Book in Africa.

What many didn't know is that Dr Ogola was not a full time writer, but a pediatrician, the medical director of Cottolengo Hospice for HIV/Aids orphans.

She burst into the Kenyan literary scene in the mid-1990s, and before her demise in September 2011, she had also written 'I Swear by Apollo' and 'Place of Destiny'

'The River and the Source' was a KCSE set book for many years. It has been translated into several languages, including Italian, Lithuanian and Spanish.

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