Veteran journalist Philip Ochieng dies
Veteran journalist, author and renowned former Sunday Nation columnist Philip Ochieng is dead.
Mr. Ochieng, according to his family, died at his home in Awendo, Migori County, after battling pneumonia.
He had only been discharged from hospital last week.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has since mourned the deceased saying Kenya has lost a “legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language.”
“Kenya has lost in the passing of Philip Ochieng, a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language. Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the society into action,” wrote the former Prime Minister.
“Philip penned his thoughts and gave a voice to the voiceless. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, the Nation Media Group and the media fraternity.”
Kenya has lost in the passing of Philip Ochieng, a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language.
Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the society into action. pic.twitter.com/sq5p7IgiJR
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) April 27, 2021
Deputy President William Ruto, on his part, mourned Mr. Ochieng as a “consummate, no-nonsense and committed journalist” with a deep knowledge of issues.
“Philip Ochieng’ was a consummate, no-nonsense and committed journalist whose depth of knowledge and understanding of issues was exceptional,” he said.
“He was a stickler for grammatical accuracy and used his platforms to break down the English language and teach us new things — even those we figured we knew. Ochieng’, a widely read hero, was simply in his own class; a man of varied intellectual pursuits.”
Philip Ochieng’ was a consummate, no-nonsense and committed journalist whose depth of knowledge and understanding of issues was exceptional. pic.twitter.com/SoBizeHyzE
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) April 28, 2021
A host of other Kenyans have since taken to social media to pass their message of condolences on the passing on of the media giant:
Just learnt from Philip Ochieng's daughter that the great man, veteran journalist, author, wordsmith, and pan-Africanist died an hour ago. May his soul rest in peace #RipPhilipOchieng pic.twitter.com/p7Hvq5yfRD
— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) April 27, 2021
Rest well, Philip Ochieng.
Your shoulders are the ladder on which many have climbed to greatnesses.
Thank you for The Kenyatta Succession and your excellence in wordcraft.
— Mwalimu Joshua Njenga (@JKNjenga) April 28, 2021
Rest in peace Philip Ochieng. You trained me to love journalism when I was still at the university. You mentored many of us. You gave me two books; Kenyatta Succession and I Accuse the Press. You were an avid reader and loved good stories. Rest Mzee. pic.twitter.com/y363llIiNm
— John Kamau (@johnKamau1) April 27, 2021
Philip Ochieng wrote big words,So one day, some people complained about his language on the Sunday column and he had a legendary response – buy a dictionary, if you cannot understand. Asante @OliverMathenge for pointing me to his book. I will buy one kesho. Salute Sir! pic.twitter.com/OB5ciXGfOx
— Dennis Itumbi, HSC (@OleItumbi) April 27, 2021
Sad to learn of the death of legendary scribe Phillip Ochieng. A man's whose pen shaped many of us in the industry. The 5th columnist was a man full of knowledge & always eager to share.
A man who told me I cannot say or write 'cant be able' some 13 years ago at Nation Centre. pic.twitter.com/yBmFYAr6Hf
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) April 27, 2021
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