On mother’s day, the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth posted his mother posting the hashtags, “#DreamsOfOurMothers, #HappyMothersDay and #FromKibraWithLove.”
In another post, Ken wrote, “#nanikamama?”
His mother, Angeline made it possible for him to be the man he became. After their father abandoned them, Ken’s mother doubled down and purposed to ensure that her six children had the best she could give them.
She had dreams for her children. The Kibra MP, Ken actualised them beyond her wildest imagination.
Ken in a past interview said, “My mum sold anything from clothes to paraffin and tomatoes in Kibra to bring up six children. I remember my days at Olympic Primary School in worn-out Sandak shoes and patched uniform. My sweater had holes in it.”
He lived with his mother, Angeline, five siblings and other family members in a 12-by-12-foot, one-room house, before earning scholarships to boarding school, college and, ultimately, Georgetown’s graduate school.
He decided to sell papers in the morning to fund German language classes in the afternoon, with the goal of becoming a certified tour bus driver for German-speaking tourists.
Plans changed, however, when he delivered papers to New York’s St. Lawrence University Kenya Semester Program office in Nairobi and learned of a scholarship for Kenyan students.
Reflecting his deep dedication, Ken can talk endlessly about his foundation and the children it serves.
“So many kids in Kibera don’t have someone representing them and advocating for them,” he says.
“If I shut up, no one will hear their stories, so I never shut up. I’m constantly telling their stories and being their ambassadors. It means a lot to me to use the privilege of my St. Lawrence and Georgetown education to serve others.”
Check out photos of Ken and his mom.