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5 names Kenyans use to refer to Raila Odinga

Cornel Wawire
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ODM leader Raila Odinga [Source: Raila Odinga Twitter]

Orange Democratic Movement leader and AU representative Raila Odinga is celebrating his 74th birthday today.  He is a significant figure in Kenyan politics who is respected across the nation. 

His experience in politics has gained him various titles from Kenyans. Here are five common names Kenyans use to identify him with:

1. Baba

Baba is a name Raila’s followers use to refer to him. They use this name due to his long history in politics. He is seen as an elder who knows a lot and whatever he says, will be followed by his followers. 

2. People’s President

This title was used by Raila’s followers after his illegal swearing in on January 30, 2017. This was after he had refuse to participate in the re-run after the presidential elections were nullified. 

3. RAO

RAO is an abbreviation of his official names Raila Amolo Odinga. This name has been in existence for a long time ago. Since his debut in politics, people have been referring to him as RAO.

4. Jakom

Jakom is a Luo name for someone who is a leader. The name is used to refer to Raila as their leader. He is also referred to Jakom since he is the leader of the opposition and also leader of OMD party. 

5. Agwambo

Agwambo is a Luo name used to refer to a person with certain supernatural powers. This name is in accordance with Raila’s political abilities/muscles from his home ground. Anyone willing to vie for a seat from the Nyanza region must rely on his blessing to win.

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