Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga celebrated 77 years in a special way and revealed the unspoken truths about his childhood.
Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya hall, Nairobi on Friday, January 7, where the celebrations were taking place, the former prime minister explained to a crowd of celebrants why he chose to cut his birthday cake.
Raila explained that 11:47 am means the exact time of his birth. He went on to reveal that immediately after birth he was given the nickname “Onyango”.
The African Union High Commissioner for Infrastructure Development noted that prior to his mother’s death, he had only used this name (Onyango) to refer to her.
“Today there is one person I would like to appreciate, unfortunately she is not. She is my mother. She has endured a lot of pain,” Raila said.
“I was born at 11:47 in the morning, the time we cut my birthday cake. That means my name is Onyango. My mother gave me that name and while she was still alive she called me Onyango to indicate when I was born. That’s why I always tell men to respect all women. “
He appreciated his mother’s efforts to raise him to be a good citizen and a great contribution to the struggle for democracy in the country.
Raila’s cake was also symbolic in some ways, being a 5th grade cake. The cake represented various important phases that Kenya has gone through since gaining independence in 1963.
The first level of the cake represented the reign of the late President Jomo Kenyatta from 1964 until his death in 1978. The second level represented former President Daniel Arap Moi who ruled for 24 years from 1978 to 2002.
The third level represented the reign of President Mwai Kibaki from December 2002 to April 2013, and the fourth represented the term of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The president presented his fifth knife to the presidency, expressing his confidence in winning the August 2022 presidential election.
In his speech, Raila expressed confidence in his administration to bring about change in the country in all sectors.
“I have visited many countries and what I am saying is possible. We can transform this country and make it an industrial country. We need to change the way we do things and approach development in our country,” he declared.
He called on the youth to join his election campaign as he began to infiltrate the polls.
“I want to work with the youth of this country, I want all the youth to participate and be in the army of the Father, within 5 years I can promise you a different Kenya, I have been the Prime Minister of this country and I know. Where is the money? “
The event brought together prominent politicians, businessmen and various groups sharing his political ideologies. Those who did not attend showed up on their social media to wish him a happy birthday, including Vice President William Ruto.