Despite his high-profile and very public career, former Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha tended to keep his family life private.
Prof. Magoha died on Tuesday night aged 71 and had a close-knit family of three; his wife, Dr Barbara Odudu Magoha, and their son, Dr Michael Magoha.
Although it is known that he had a son in the medical profession, many do not know that his wife is also a medical doctor from Nigeria.
Sixty-five-year-old Dr Barbara Odudui Magoha was born in Nigeria and works as a consultant obstetrician gynecologist to various hospitals in Kenya.
According to her professional profile, Dr Magoha holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M,B.B.S) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, awarded in 1982.
In 1993, she was awarded a Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Specializtion by the University of Nairobi.
Since 2007, Dr Magoha has been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based at the senior staff clinic at the University of Health Services in the institution, where she offers both curative and preventive services to staff and dependants and university students.
She also serves as a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist to the Nairobi Hospital, the Aga Khan University Teaching Hospital, Mater Hospital, MP Shah and the Kenyatta National Hospital, among others.
The doctor has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate medical students of the University of Nairobi as well as nurses and clinical officers from Kenya Medical Training College.
On the other hand, Michael Magoha is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi’s School of Medicine, where he also lectures.