In Summary
  • A doodle is an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch on topics that happen to be flowing in a writer’s mind.

  • Dr Margaret Ogola passed away after a long battle with cancer on September 21, 2011.

  • Eight years after he passing, Dr Ogola’s contributions to the literary world and medical practice remains unrivalled.
  • The River and the Source, her debut novel, gave Kenyan secondary schools an award winning set book between 1998 and 2001.

Echoes of the award-winning novel The River and the Source continue to reverberate almost eight years after the death of its author Margaret Atieno Ogola.

On Wednesday, US tech giant Google honoured the late novelist, paediatrician, and human rights advocate with a doodle on what would have been her 60th birthday.

ACTIVIST

“Happy to celebrate Kenyan award-winning author, activist and doctor, the late Dr Margaret Ogola, author of The River and the Source,” wrote Google on Twitter.

A doodle is an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch on topics that happen to be flowing in a writer’s mind.

According to Google, the doodles represent a “fun, surprising and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists”.

Born in June 12, 1958 in Asembo, Siaya County, Ogola attended Thompson’s Falls High School for her O-levels where she emerged the best student overall before proceeding to Alliance Girls High School for A-levels.

CANCER

She later joined the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree in 1984 before joining Kenyatta National Hospital as a medical officer.

The doctor earned her Master’s in Paediatrics from the same university in 1990.

She passed away after a long battle with cancer on September 21, 2011 and is survived by her husband Dr George Ogola and four children and two foster children.

"This strength and support that is found in the African family is the most important part of our culture and should be preserved and nurtured at all costs,” Dr Ogola said of the novel.

SET BOOK

Eight years after he passing, Dr Ogola’s contributions to the literary world and medical practice remains unrivalled.

The River and the Source, her debut novel, gave Kenyan secondary schools an award winning set book between 1998 and 2001.

The book focuses on the lives of several generations of Kenyan women, starting in a rural 19th century village and tracing the descendants of a matriarch named Akoko all the way to modern-day Nairobi.

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