EALA Member of Parliament Oburu Oginga on Thursday launched his autobiography titled ‘In the Shadow of my Father’ that details the family life, career, and political pursuits of the Oginga family and Kenya’s history through his eyes.
The launch ceremony, held in Nairobi, was graced by a number of political bigwigs and high profile industry shapers, key among them were ODM Leader Raila Odinga, Royal Media Services Chairman SK Macharia, and lawyer James Orengo.
While making his remarks, Oburu Oginga said he was surprised by how many people were looking forward to the launch of his autobiography, based on the turnout at the event.
“I also want to express my gratitude particularly because of the enthusiasm I saw everyone who came here had about this book I did not know when I was writing that this book would draw a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of interest the way it has done,” Oburu Oginga said.
On his part Raila congratulated his brother for his accomplishment, insisting that the book will resonate well with readers just like other works penned by great African authors.
“Not yet Uhuru (Jaramogi Odinga), The tales of Freedom (John Okri) and Now Oburu’s Biography.”
Orengo also underscored that the book will have a huge cultural and social impact on the history, culture, and the people of Kenya.
“What inspired me is because a lot of people think we grew up in a Cerelac manner.. I wanted to prove that we are not. For me and Raila, our father wanted us to grow up like any other person.”
Oburu said their classmates knew they were just like any other ordinary citizen.
“When we were growing up, we liked wearing akala and I wore them until I felt pain in my toes. We bore the pain. We had only one set of clothes,” said Oburu Oginga.
Oburu Oginga said when he and Raila returned from school, “We would walk naked in the village like any other person while playing. There were no clothes. And we used to play and compete in games.”
Oburu said Raila used to be very good at the hop step part of the children’s game, but failed when it came to jumping.
“I beat him in jumping.. he was also good in football,” he said.
Oburu Oginga narrated how Raila used to put pepper in food so that he and his friends would not eat.
“Raila used to cook nice food but he used to put pili pili so that when we ate, the pili pili would be too much… so we used to tell him to cook ugali… he used to be naughty,” he said.
“Raila is simple and straightforward.. others talk a lot.. Raila talks from his heart.”