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Enock Ondego

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Full Name  Enock Ondego
Years active  1949–present
Nationality  Kenyan
Name  Enock Ondego
Education  Kaimosi
Residence  Mombasa, Kenya
Occupation  Bishop

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Born  21 February 1930 (age 85) (1930-02-21) Vihiga
Employer  Soul winner baptist church
Spouse(s)  Anne Ondego (m. 1983–2006)

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Enock Ondego is a prominent Kenyan songwriter, singer, author nationalist,founder of The Mwakigwena Choir Group and most notable for his biography, The Life Of Mzee Ondego, published by the Kwani trust, and his two songs: Wimbo huu ni wimbo wa historia (This is a song of history) and Kenya ni nchi ya ajabu (Kenya is a wonderful country). Mwakigwena Choir used to perform for the then president Jomo Kenyatta in the late 1970s

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Early life

Enock Ondego was born in Mazigolo, South Maragoli in Vihiga County in 1930, and completed his elementary and high school at Kaimosi.

Career

When he was 17, Ondego started teaching in a local primary school in an attempt to support his family, as he was the eldest son. However, he soon left to join the pre-independence struggle for African political rights. He ran for an election, but lost. After the election,he went back to teaching and was posted to a school in the Kwale district, named Samburu primary school, at Maji ya Chumvi.

Ondego discovered his interest in music whilst teaching at the school, and started composing songs. After Kenyan independence, he became the first Kenyan teacher to sing for the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.So impressed was Jomo by Ondego's music that he elected him head of the presidential music association in 1969. It was at exactly the same period that Ondego recorded the song Kenya ni Nchi ya Ajabu,This song was stirred by horrendous acts he had witnessed of the then British British Colonial System in Kenya against the Black majority.

The song was adopted by KBC then called Voice of Kenya as an intro song to their news bulletin. According to Enock, However, this was contrived without his knowledge or concurrence and he therefore has not in any way benefited from the use of his song by KBC. Enock filed a lawsuit against KBC in 2010 seeking to be remunerated, It was decided that he be paid the sum of Kshs. 50 million but has allegedly not been reimbursed.

When Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978, Enock composed yet another song, praising the late president. The song, Wimbo huu ni wimbo wa Historia is a delineation of the tribulations of Kenyatta and the other Kapenguria Six detainees when they were apprehended in 1952 and detained without trial. It also tells of the Kisumu riots that met Jomo when he visited Kisumu on October 29, 1969. The song was passed down as a theme song for the iniquitous Kenyatta Day celebrations up to when the holiday was renamed Mashujaa Day

References

Enock Ondego Wikipedia


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