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Lamu Woman Turns 123 Years


There was pomp and colour at Umoja Village in Mpeketoni in Lamu West Sub-County on Sunday when a woman celebrated 123 years since she was born.

Leah Wangui Gitau’s homestead was a beehive of celebrations as tens of people, mostly the son, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren joined her in marking her over a century birthday.

Other guests including Bahari Ward MCA aspirant Emmanuel Wanyoike Kimani (Kimwa) and the Umoja Village Community members joined the celebration that also comprised of Bible verse reading and prayers.

Ms Gitau is believed to be the oldest woman in Lamu County.

She has 16 children, mostly daughters with only 7 still being alive.

The granny’s firstborn and who is currently the only son in the family, Isaac Ngugi is 84 years old.

Speaking during the celebrations, Ms Gitau thanked God for bringing her that far despite the worldly challenges witnessed today, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Gitau asked the young generation to fear God and at the same time embrace natural diet for a better living.

She also advised people to strive in ensuring they lead a stress-free life for their own good.

“I am happy that I am turning 123 years today. It is not my ability that has made me reach this far. It is just God. As we mark this special day in my life, I want to advise people to embrace good diet for a better living. We should also love one another and avoid stress,” said Ms Gitau.

Her firstborn son, Isaac Ngugi,84, described his mother as the pillar of the family, adding that she is the glue that has kept them together for all those years.

“I am more than happy to celebrate my mother's 123 years today. She has turned 123 and it is wonderful for us. Turning over 100 years is very rare. It is therefore important for us to celebrate our centenarians and the role they play in society. Our mother is the pillar that has continued to hold this family together for years now,” said Mr Ngugi.

Josephine Wachira, a neighbour said it was encouraging to see the 123-year-old grandmother in good health and spirit.

“You can imagine with all those years, our grandmother is till able to walk on her own and talk. We need to celebrate her from time to time. We are proud as Umoja Village community for having a centenarian. Our centenarians play an important role in society as they have indigenous knowledge which can be beneficial on how we do things in our times,” said Ms Wachira.

Umoja Village is within Bahari Ward in Mpeketoni Division, Lamu West Sub-County.

Bahari Ward MCA aspirant in the forthcoming 2022 General Election, Emmanuel Wanyoike Kimani alias Kimwa said the secret to long life is in eating traditional foods.

Mr Kimwa also cited the love of God and the clean heart always portrayed by Ms Gitau as part of her secret to long life.

He also called on young people to respect their parents and ensure they take care of them for a better living as depicted in the Bible teachings.

“In the Bible, Ephesians Chapter 6 states that-Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. After attending Ms Gitau’s birthday party, I saw all her children who are now old taking care of her with lots of love. As young people, we have the obligation to ensure we take care of our aged parents as God is giving us a guarantee to long life. We also need to embrace traditional foods for a disease-free life,” said Mr Kimwa.



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Bahari Ward Emmanuel Wanyoike Isaac Ngugi Lamu Leah Wangui Gitau


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