• Categories: Literature
  • Gender: Female
  • Birth Country: Kenya
  • Date of Birth: June 12
Margaret Ogola
Margaret Atieno Ogola (12 June 1958 – 21 September 2011) was the Kenyan author of the novel "The River and the Source", and its sequel, "I Swear by Apollo". "The River and the Source" follows four generations of Kenyan women in a rapidly changing country and society. The book has been on the KCSE syllabus for many years, and it won the 1995 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book, Africa Region, Dr Ogola worked on her final book titled "Mandate of the People" a book she completed before her death and is set to be released posthumously. Ogola was also the recipient of the Familias Award for Humanitarian Service of the World Congress of Families. She studied at Thompson's Falls High School and was best student overall in school. She also studied at Alliance Girls High School. At the University of Nairobi she earned her First Degree, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, in 1984. She has written 3 novels, a biography and a handbook for parents. In addition to her writing career, Dr. Ogola served as a paediatrician and the medical director of Cottolengo Hospice, a hospice for HIV and AIDS orphans.