Birthday girl Ida Odinga is all jolly and thankful to Kenyan social media users who sent her best wishes on her special day.
In particular, Ida has appreciated her husband, ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga, who organised her exclusive invite-only birthday bash as she gracefully turned 70 on Monday, August 24.
“What a journey this has been! Let me express my immense gratitude for the very warm Birthday Wishes yesterday that overjoyed me. I thank God for all my blessings over the years. Let me appreciate my husband Raila and our family for all their unconditional love and support,” she wrote.
Among those who showed up to the heavily-discussed party included Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru, Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe, city politician Peter Kenneth, trade unionist Francis Atwoli and a host of other politicians.
Raila in his sweet message which he published on social media praised his wife for being a source of guidance, strength and inspiration to his family.
“Happy birthday to my wife Ida, a witty and charming source of guidance, inspiration and strength for our family. From the first time I saw you, my life changed immeasurably. We are grateful for your dynamic, adventurous spirit. May the Lord continue to bless your illustrious life!” the ODM leader said.
Mama Ida was born on August 24, 1950, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi in 1974 when she was 24 years old.
She worked as a teacher for more than twenty years after graduation and taught at Kenya High School at some point Some of her students included the late governor of Bomet county, Joyce Laboso.
While attending the University of Nairobi, she met her husband, Raila Odinga, who was an employee of the university’s Department of Engineering at the time.
However, Ida was later expelled from her teaching position by the Kenya African National Union-led government due to Raila’s political opposition.
Later on, they married and had four children. The couple has stayed together for over 44 years. Raila is currently 75 years and usually, he celebrates his birthday on January 7.