'Arch-demon’ Owen, cleric who stood up for Africans

An image of the Walter Edwin Owen Memorial Park in Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, Kisumu Town, taken on November 14, 2019. Owen served as a missionary in Africa for 40 years. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Owen was ordained a deacon in 1904 by the Bishop of London and sent to Africa to work under Bishop Alfred Tucker in Uganda.
  • In his efforts to educate civic and political leaders, Owen introduced ploughs, watermills, new crops and bookkeeping.

Located on the eastern side of Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground in Kisumu Town is the Walter Edwin Owen Memorial Park.


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