The real age of Mama Lucy Kibaki has been revealed and it completely complicates what you think you know about her age.
Reports had it that the ex-first lady, who died on Tuesday in a London hospital, was born in 1940. But new evidnenve suggests she was born in 1934 to the Rev. John Kagai, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and Rose Nyachomba, in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County, Mount Kenya.
This means that Mama Lucy Kibaki died at the age of 84 as against 76.
Brief History Of Mama Lucy Kibaki:
Mama Lucy who was born Lucy Muthoni. She schooled at Alliance Girls High School, trained as a teacher before working first at Kamwenja Teachers College. She later worked at Kambui College in Kiambu, where she climb to become the school principal.
She met ex-president, Mwai Kibaki in 1960. they had a two-year romance before walking down the aisle in 1962. For her stand for family values, Lucy quit her teaching career in 1963 to play the role of a full time home-maker and mother, and the couple had four children: Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji.
Mama Lucy died on April 26, 2016, at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, after she was briefly hospitalization at the Nairobi Hospital for chest pains.
Her death has drawn condolences and tributes from all sectors of the country with president Uhuru stating that her efforts in the health sector is something that Kenyans will not forget in a hurry. Othaya MP Mary Wambui was said to have publicly broken down in tears on hearing the news, describing Mama Lucy’s demise as a big personal blow.
“I have lost a personal friend. I know how far we have come with her and the many things she taught us, including to be courageous and fight for what is ours.”
“We condole the former President and his family. We pray that they remain strong and know they are not alone during this difficult time. We bid the former First Lady farewell and believe we will meet in heaven.”
Internet users, not to be outdone, have also listed things to remember Mama for. Termed a patriarch and a mother figure, the controversial first lady was also recognised for her efforts that led to the resettlement of squatters, who for close to 20 years had lived by the roadside, having been evicted from Mt Kenya Forest.
Mama was a role model for many, particularly in her various spheres of leadership, she was amazing, and had an exceptional lifetime.
May eternal rest be granted unto her soul, Amen!