"THE AWAKENING AFRICAN LION: Raila Odinga on the Continent's Transformations and Challenges"
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister of Kenya, will present a public talk titled, “The Awakening African Lion: The Continent's Transformations and Challenges,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Raila Amolo Odinga, known also to his supporters as Agwambo, served as prime minister of Kenya, leading to a coalition government, from 2008 to 2013. He was the last prime minister of Kenya until the position was abolished in 2013. The son of Kenya's first vice president, Oginga Odinga, Raila earned a degree (1970) in mechanical engineering from the University of Magdeburg, East Germany. He returned home and taught at the University of Nairobi. He also founded an industrial consulting firm and became a successful businessman. In 1982 Odinga was accused of participating in a coup plot against then President Daniel arap Moi and was jailed for six years. He was incarcerated again (1989, 1990) and then fled (1991-92) to Norway. Upon his return, he was elected to parliament. In 1997 he ran unsuccessfully for president. Later, he allied himself with the ruling Kenya National African Union and became (2001) Moi's energy minister. Odinga supported Mwai Kibaki in the 2002 presidential race, and served in Kibaki's cabinet for three years. He later founded the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and ran against Kibaki for the presidency in 2007. After a close and disputed election, ethnic violence broke out in parts of the country. Negotiations led (2008) to a coalition government with Odinga as prime minister. This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the School’s Innovations for Successful Societies, and the Program on African Studies at Princeton University.