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Tech giant Google, on Monday, November 8, used a Doodle to commemorate the life of former professor at the University of Nairobi, Okoth Okombo.

Doodle is a special, temporal alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages intended to honour holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures of particular countries. 

Born in the 1950s in Kaswanga of Rusinga Island, the professor was raised by a foster mother. He attended Kaswanga SDA primary school before joining Mbita High School, Homa Bay County. Developing a passion for a career as a teacher at an early age, he focused on educating children in their native language.

He was awarded a scholarship in 1987 at the University of Nairobi (UoN) in 1987, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts  in 1977 and did his Masters of Arts in 1979.

While pursuing his doctorate in 1983, he published Misfortune is Inevitable in Luo language- considered to be among the first novels published in native language. 

The professor’s influence stretched out to neighbouring countries in Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland and South Africa. 

These achievements saw him elected as the World Federation International President from 1992 to 1995. 

The professor died on the night of Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

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