Margaret Ogweno and Tom Mboya

Margaret Ogweno (seated right) with Tom Mboya behind her together with other relatives in this photo taken in 1952.

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Untold story of Tom Mboya’s love life: ‘Forgotten’ first wife speaks

What you need to know:

  • Margaret Ogweno and the independence hero started off as teenage lovers.
  • In 1953, the couple had their first child Alakie Mboya, a one-time renowned thespian.

In 1952, five cattle were driven into the home of Rweya Onyango in Kital Kogweno village, Karachuonyo location, South Nyanza. With their delivery, the excited villagers, who had been milling around in excitement, confirmed that Tom Mboya, the independence hero who would later be assassinated in July 1969, had taken a crucial step towards marriage. 

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