The body of the Late Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha will be taken to various places in Nairobi, where it will be viewed by members of the public today Wednesday, February 8,.
Eyo Dancers performed a special dance for a special ritual associated with the Nigerian elders.The practice is said to cleanse the dead from any grudges against living beings.In Nigeria, the cleansing ceremony is meant to be conducted by elderly men but because they are in Kenya, it has been done by young boys.
Magoha having spent 15 years of his early career in Nigeria and marrying a Nigerian woman was considered an elder amongst Nigerians.
The caravan began at the College of Health Sciences at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).It’s then set to proceeded to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council Headquarters, the Nigerian High Commission, St. George’s Primary School, KNEC Headquarters on Dennis Pritt Road, State House Girls’ High School, the University of Nairobi (UoN) Graduation Square and it finally the Starehe Boys’ Centre and School.
Magoha was an alumnus of Starehe Boys and served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi between 2005 and 2015. He also had a stint as the chairperson of KNEC between 2016 and 2019.
On Thursday, February 9, a requiem mass will be held at the Consolata Shrine in Westlands, Nairobi from 9am.
On Friday, February 10, the Late Magoha’s body will be flown to Yala Township Primary School in Gem, Siaya County.
The body is scheduled to arrive at the school for public viewing at 1pm, and thereafter moved to St. Mary’s High School, Yala for the same exercise.A funeral service will, thereafter, be held at Magoha’s Umiru Village home.
On Saturday, February 11, at 10am, the final funeral mass will be held at the Odera Akang’o University campus before his burial at his Umiru Village home.
Magoha died on January 24, 2023 at the age of 71.He had suffered a cardiac arrest at his Nairobi home, and was pronounced dead at the Nairobi Hospital shortly after arrival.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Barbara Magoha, and son, Dr. Michael Magoha.