Kenya’s first female rally driver, Orie Rogo Manduli, is dead. She was 73.
Manduli passed away at her residence in Riverside, Nairobi.
Confirming the death, the family revealed that she had been in and out of hospital for the past few weeks.
She was a woman of many firsts.
Manduli made history as the first Kenyan woman to participate in East African Safari Rally in 1974 and a year later.
She became the first female to serve as the chairperson of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Council.
At the age of 16, she was crowned Miss World Kenya.
Still, at 16, she got married, but was divorced three years later.
The former journalist and politician never shied away from the limelight, which enabled her to advocate for women’s leadership.
Her trademark was the sky-scraping headgear and fashionable Nigerian-inspired attire.