Raila Amollo Odinga celebrates his birthday today. The Orange Democratic Party leader and former Opposition kingpin celebrated his 76th year today.
The charismatic leader has always been a force to reckon with in the political scene and has continued to impress. Here are 5 Nicknames that he’s been referred to in the past:
This name has its origins from the Lakeside where Raila hails from. The name signifies a focal point in leadership. Raila Odinga has been the official leader of people from Nyanza since he took over from his late Father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
This name was popularized as Raila Odinga was running for president in 2007. His ODM team ran his political campaign using this nickname showing that he had the might to take over as a leader.
The name RAO popped up not as a creative way but just a simple abbreviation of his name. Each letter represented the first initials of his three names. Raila Amollo Odinga then was curved into RAO.
Politics is sometimes filled with ridicule and Raila has had his share of jives. He is popular for giving similies and riddles which are usually exciting for his audience. The riddles also known as Vitendawili, are his forte. Most politicians opposed to him always use this name to try and dismiss his leadership antics.
This was used in reference to him naingizia the ultimate leader to take Kenyans to the promised land. It is a Biblical reference to Joshua who took over from Moses and finally made sure the Israelites saw Canaan. Raila was called this name many times in his 2017 politcal campaign as he went up against Uhuruto.
We at State Update wish Raila Odinga a Happy Birthday.
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