Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence reveling the name of his grandson born to his son Raila Jnr on August 24, 2021, while the family was celebrating the 71st birthday of their mother Mama Ida Odinga.
Speaking today Friday 27 August, 2021 during an interview, Raila revealed that the son to his son Raila Junior Odinga has been named after his grandfather the late politician Jaramogi Oginga.
He further noted that the grandson is also a grandson to the mountain, his mother being from Murang’a area of the Mt Kenya region.
“Huu mjukuu ameitwa Jaramogi Oginga, lakini yeye pia ni mjukuu wa mlima huko. Kijani wangu Junior ameoa huko mlima upande wa Murang’a,” he said in part.
The former prime minister’s grandson was born on Tuesday August 24, 2021while Mama Ida was celbrating her birthday with the father Raila Odinga Junior declaring him the best gift to her mother on her 71st birthday.
“She gave my mum @IdaOdinga the best birthday present in the world @yvejr1 thank you God bless you. Love you so much!” Raila Junior posted.
The young Odinga also congratulated his wife for their bouncing baby boy who becomes former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s youngest grandson.
“She gave my mum, Ida Odinga, the best birthday present in the world. Thank you God bless you. I love you so much,” he tweeted.
In 2019, Junior narrated how the early years of their marriage were frustrating as they made attempts to have a child and nothing was forthcoming.
The latest blessing comes after five years of trying, lady luck struck and they got a first born son.
“I hope she (Yvonne) will allow me to disclose this. We had been married for a long time and we weren’t able to get a child in the very first years. We struggled for a very long time for about four, five years and eventually God blessed us with our firstborn a son,”
“Yvonne and I were so okay not being able to conceive for those years, but the frustrations became unbearable because of the pressure from outside. I also tried so hard not to subject Yvonne to more pressure because of the situation,” said Raila Junior at the time.
While celebrating Ida’s birthday, ODM party leader shared a TBT picture to accompany a sweet message that read:
Cha cha cha NyarOlwande; Happy birthday my dear.”
Rosemary Odinga who is their firstborn daughter also shared a photo of Ida with her grandkids and wrote; “Happy Birthday mom. We love you.”
The new father, Raila Junior on the other hand marked Ida’s birthday with a message that read:
“Whatever makes you feel happy and loved Mama, that’s what i wish for you today. Happy birthday Mama” May the lord always be with you, protect you and strengthen you with his presence.”
Her youngest daughter, Winnie Odinga wrote:
“Mama! I wish you all the happiness in the world!”
Congratulations streamed in with Kenyans joining in the celebrations.
Mzalendooz: Wow, The baby will be a year old when Baba takes over next year
CPA Barbara: Congratulations but avoid putting babies on social media..
Phanice Andayi: Congratulations @Railajunior n @yvejr1 n Baba’s family at large may God grant this child long life ,good health blessings to carry the mantle n live to fulfill God’s will in this world in your family.
Ogla Karani: Congratulations Junior and the entire Raila’s family. Indeed Mama our pillar deserves every great gift that the whole world can give. Stay blessed
John Sane: Now you’re Raila Odinga Senior The Newborn is Raila Odinga Junior… Congratulations Mkuu
Jazzy Jeff: Congratulations RJ. You have give your mum a beautiful birthday present and a birth day mate.
Frank Juma: Congratulations @Railajunior best gift Ida could ever ask for on a birthday!