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Orie Rogo Manduli, first Kenyan woman rally driver dies

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[Former MP, Broadcaster and Safari Rally Driver Orie Rogo Manduli. Photo/Courtesy].

Renowned politician and the first Kenyan woman rally driver Orie Rogo Manduli is dead.

The former KBC radio presenter going by the name Mary Ondiek.

She was official known as Mary Orie Rogo but changed to Mary Orie Rogo Ondieki after her marriage but dropped Mary when the name became a mouthful.

According to the family, Manduli died at her Riverside home in Nairobi on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Manduli was born in Maseno to Gordon Rogo and Zeruiah Adhiambo

She once revealed that she attended Ng’iya Girls High School, then Butere Girls and later Machakos Girls.

Manduli, who was known for her massive head scarfs and African style dressing, was the first Kenyan woman to participate in the East African Safari rally in 1974 and 1975.

The former MP had been suffering from an undisclosed illness for some time now.

She will be remembered for her strong opinions, confidence and style she brought into Kenyan politics.

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She loved media attention which helped her advocate for women in leadership.

Orie Rogo Manduli first came to the public limelight while in high school after being crowned Miss Kenya at an early age of 16.

In 1974 she became the very first black African woman in Kenya to compete in the world circuit Safari Rally.

She is the first woman to head the Kenya Non Governmental Organisation council (NGO Council).

The former model and rally driver and did what most women would consider taboo and what many men term as too aggressive, coming from a woman.

Ambassador Orie Rogo Manduli also got married at the tender age of 16 years old and at only 19 she was already a divorced mother of three.