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Kenyans have been wowed after realizing that Google had recognized Margaret Ogola during her 60th birthday.

Ogola, a renowned novelist, a human rights advocate and a pediatrician who died on 12th September 2011 was born on June 12th 1958.

The late Margaret Ogola
The late Margaret Ogola

She attended the prestigious Alliance Girls High School before joining the University of Nairobi where she earned her first degree, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1984.

Google has celebrated her birthday through her award-winning novel, The River and The Source, a novel which addresses political and cultural changes as well as the AIDS crisis and highlighting the role of women in African society.


The novel won the 1995 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the 1995 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.

It also became a set-book in the Literature curriculum in Kenyan secondary schools in the 90s.

Before her death, Ogola did her last book, Mandate of the People.


Ogola was married to Dr. George Ogola, with four children, and two foster children.

Happy Birthday Margaret Ogola!

Google's doodle of Margaret Ogola on June 12th
Google’s doodle of Margaret Ogola on June 12th

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