Kenya mourns woman of many firsts

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Kenyans are paying tribute to Orie Rogo Manduli, a woman many knew for her colourful and effervescent character, but equally celebrated for breaking ground in several areas.

She was the first to win the Miss Kenya beauty peagant and also the first Kenyan woman rally driver. She died aged 73.

She was known for her sense of style, especially her signature elaborate headgear which came in a variety of different colours.

Manduli was also the first woman to head Kenya’s once influential Non-Governmental Organization council.

Her appearance on TV as a social commentator always drew audiences, and she was especially seen as a hero for younger women, whom she often encouraged to be strong and courageous.

Manduli described herself as a “lioness in her cage”.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned her as a “trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women empowerment.”

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