Thousands of Kenyans have flooded the social media with condolences messages directed to the family of veteran journalist Philip Ochieng’ who passed on Tuesday, aged 82.
The linguist died at his Awendo home in Migori, southwestern Kenya, days after being discharged from a local hospital.
The family confirmed that he has battled with pneumonia for some time.
Philip worked as an editor at the Nation Media Group, and his weekly columns in the Sunday nation left many drooling for more.
Before joining the Nation, he worked at the defunct Kenya Times newspaper.
Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga led Kenyans in mourning the articulate writer.
The chief opposition leader described the deceased as a legendry writer whose prowess in the English language is unmatched.
“Kenya has lost in the passing of Philip Ochieng, a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English language. Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the society into action,” said Odinga.
“A giant of African journalism has rested.The legendary Philip Ochieng was a truly great & gifted journalist & writer. He was well-read, well-rounded, and an inspiration & mentor to many. His trailblazing & razor sharp columns spoke truth to power. He will be greatly missed,” Yusuf Hassan.
Annah Kimani, “I first heard of Mzee Philip Ochieng in the mid 70s when he co-authored a controversial book, The Kenyatta Succession. It was a daring and brave move considering that at that time it was unlawful to consider Mzee Jomo dead. A gifted writer. May he rests in God’s perfect peace.”
“Philip Ochieng was a learned man of letters, media maverick, trainer and wordsmith par excellence, and mentor of many a journalist. He will always be remembered for his seminal views in “I Accuse the Press,” added David Makali.