Philip Ochieng is a very famous journalist in Kenya having built his biography in the East African country’s journalism circles over a period going back decades.
Today younger generations will remember him as the most powerful enigma in the Nation newspaper where he points out errors in copy.
Veteran editor and long-serving Nation columnist Philip Ochieng has died at the age of 83 years.
He died at Ombo Mission Hospital in Migori on Tuesday evening according to local reports.
Philip’s daughter identified as Lucy Adhiambo said her caring father died of pneumonia and other complications associated with old age
“It’s true he passed on an hour ago. He has been ailing from a series of illnesses including pneumonia,” a devastated and sobbing Lucy told the press on phone.
Veteran journalist Philip Ochieng, beat many odds to become one of the most celebrated media personalities of his time in kenya.
He schooled deep in the village in present-day Awendo, Migori, and got admitted to the iconic Alliance High School, then under the unforgettable Carey Francis.
The media learnt that Francis at one time had to go to Ochieng’s rural home to persuade him to go back and complete school.
The first time he ran away from school, he had been caned a colonial practice that is now outlawed and had bolted in protest.
Carey had to drive all the way from Kikuyu to Awendo to speak with Philip’s father to implore him to persuade his son to go back to school.
Mr Ochieng challenged the media and journalists to up their game in telling stories.
Owing to his large experience in the industry serving at some point as the Editorial Director of Nation Media Group he urged journalists to follow stories from the beginning to the end.
Our country has lost a veteran journalist and legendary columnist with an unmatched prowess of the English knowledge.
Through the power of the pen, Philip spoke to the most powerful and moved the country into action.