ASEMBO 2: NOT ONLY FISH COMES FROM ASEMBO
Updated: Mar 24
WHO IS WHO IN ASEMBO
What is in an Asembo-Luo name?
I am named after a great wrestler Ombanyo ka Nyawalo, aka chot-Were, chot-Adhiambo, chot Aoko, chot-nyar-Oduma et al. One day at the Income Tax offices I saw the name Nyawalo on a government door plate and went to harass my uncle that we have a lost relative of Asembo. Mzee Zachariah Omuga then explained to me that the name Nyawalo is not an Ugenya name in origin. That one Umira Kager man married a lady called Nyawalo. Then that Nyawalo was named after this father of Ombanyo who I am named after. This must be centuries ago but thanks to the wealth contained in Luo names, we can zero in on the timing. If Ombanyo died in say 1950 at 60 years of age, then Nyawalo his father must have been born around 1820 in order to sire Ombanyo. This means lady Nyawalo of Asembo was “pulled” by this Kager man in 1700s. So the young John Nyawalo man who did the artwork of Asembo Family tree in Asembo Clan 1 carries the total sum of the diplomatic relationship between Asembo and Ugenya. And there are millions of such consular roles in Luo names. It is the same with a name say like “Ouko” in Ugenya Kager at Ambira, Ugunja. As a Luo your name is not just a vowelling sound like Obamanika, Shakanika, Asembonika, Kokisenika etc. No it has a different role. You cannot just go to a place of worship and pick a Luo name from a book.
On the other side, it is only up to this Sunday that my friend Master Opiyo corrected my delusion that late Senator Dickson Oruko MakaAsembo (a.k.a. DO Makasembo) was not ja Asembo but his father’s name was Asembo so he was actually Dickson Oruko Mc’Asembo of Uyoma or Sakwa (?). In fact you would find it interesting learn of the the consular role that opposition doyen Martin Shikuku son of "Oyondi" played by tracing his family name. It is not easy being a Luo.
This explains why when working with the Relief team at Ngara south west Tanzania near Rwanda, a shop named Mboya interested me very much just as much as Rumba songstress name of Mbilia Mboyo (Bel) interested me. And that is how I ended with Tom Mboya in Asembo. Then you have pop musician Ochieng' Kabaselleh living as wuod-Gem but fondly calls his performing band Ka'Le which much later turns out to be his biological ancestor and the authentic name for Asembo clan.
CLANS OF THE PEOPLE OF ASEMBO
4. Ka'Nyigoro (Alego clan extract)
5. Ka Nyikela,
As I speak there is still a raging battle on the Asembo Clans. One professor claims that Kanyikela was a completely different Luo trek, far removed from Asembo and all Luos. So I will keep off that.
I knew Asembo for prestigious Lwak girls as a young person. Yes, the red uniformed citadel of higher learning. In Bondo modern politics, Asembo is over showed by the power from the palace of Poda Bar Pier Opuk. But that does not mean that Asembo was an innocent bystander. Not by any stretch of imagination. So we will move straight into Asembo Who-is-Who.
For the difficulties in tracking Asembo people’s clans, I have desisted from grouping this indicative who is who by clans. I have just listed the names in not any particular order.
1. Thomas Joseph Odhiambo Mboya (Kanyigoro)- World Trade Unionist, Pan Africanist, Nationalist Freedom fighter, Cabinet Minister and Republican
2. Judge Otieno Odek (K’Onyango)- Judge of the Kenya High Court and Court of Appeal judge until his time of death
3. Hon, Alphonce Okuku (Kanyigoro)- Tom Mboya brother, Former Cabinet minister and MP
4. Hon Rapahel Tuju (Kanyigoro)- Former media mogul, Cabinet Minister and former MP, Rarieda.
5. Bishop and Prelate John Henry Okullu (Kokise)-Musician, Anglican Bishop, activist and opposition doyen both in Uganda and Kenya
6. Grace Ogot (Kayoo)- nurse, author, educationist, politician, cabinet minister, former MP in Gem, novelist (land without thunder, a promised land)
7. Dr Margret Ogolla (Ndwara)- paediatrician, author of several books the river and the Source, I swear by Apollo.
8. Dr Kijaro (Kitambo)- Business man
9. Droughtsman, Odiek Songa (Kabondo)- Business man and popular politician in Sakwa and Rarieda
10. Jack Oyundi Ng’wono (Kokise)- Businessman, Philanthropist and patron of Dero Community Library
11. Oyieng’ Dolla – Banker at East African Development Bank, Football administrator and victorious chairman of Gor Mahia Football club in 1987
12. Engineer Nicholas Odero Gumbo- Former MP Rarieda, Board Chairman Kenyatta National Hospital
13. Ogola Adoyo Oyier, Board Chairman Kenyatta National Hospital
14. Peter Dawo, HSC (Ko'chieng'), International Soccer star, Continental Gold medallist 1987, Top Goal scorer in Africa 1987, 2-time National league winner with Gor Mahia FC, Ex Player of great Ismailia of Cairo
15. Ambrose Odida Aguna- MCA, West Asembo, West Germany based business man
16. Dieto Charles (Kokise)- Businessman
17. Father Odhiambo Oloo Ombok-
18. Antony Ogosa, Diaspora businessman
19. Paul Awuonda- Business man, Contractor
20. Joshua Frederick Ogolla Adoyo (Kokise)- philanthropist, grassroots football organiser, Nyanam FC, Riat FC, Luo Union FC
21. Late Hon Otieno Kajwang’ (Kanyigoro) - Former MP, Mbita, activist.
22. Moses Otieno Kajwang’ (Kanyigoro)- Senator, Homa Bay
23. Hajulas Ochieng’ Kabaselle (Kokise)- Popular singer, musician and composer
24. Osito Kale (Ka’Kia)- Musicicain, folklorist, dirge, poet
25. Francis Ndiege, (Kanyigoro)- educationist, Tom Mboya sibling
26. Agnes Mbuta (Kanyigoro), -Dodo Singer, composer, entertainer
27. Achieng’ Onura(Kokise)- Leading INGO technocrat
28. Peter Adoyo Oracha- Dean of Students Maseno University
29. Pascal Ndiege (Kanyigoro)- professor, retired, brother to Tom Mboya
30. Reggie Kabaselle(Kokise)- Musician, Business Man
31. Chris Sande (Kokise)- 1988 Olympic Medallist, Former US Professional Boxer, Successful Diaspora business man
32. John Odipo (Kokise)- Famous Educationist based in Ugenya
33. Justice Onyango Otieno- Top Nairobi criminal lawyer, Court of Appeal Judge
34. James Waore Diang'a- Author ( Kenya 1982: The attempted Coup)
35. Juliet Dima- Lawyer/ Solicitor, proprietor of an International Law firm (San Franscisco and Nairobi), philanthropist
36. Shadrack Adem-Top civil servant, Former Permanent Secretary, Community Organiser
37. Odindo Adem- Business man, Hotelier, Transport economist
38. Rapahel Okoth Aliwa- Businessman, Hotelier and Educationist. Proprietor of Okoth Aliwa Academy
39. Moses Awiti- Business man, Nairobi and Naivasha Hotelier, Tourist Industry investor . Proprietor - Come to Africa Safaris
40. Paul Awuonda (K'Onyango)- Business man, conglomerate of businesses in Ramba and Mabinju area.
41. William Odek- Top Civic Manager, Formerly Eldoret Town clerk, Community organiser in resettling Asembo people in commercial land investments in the rift valley.
42. Roseline Odede - Advocate of the High Court, Gender, Advocacy and Environmental Campaigner and Lobbyist
43. Grace Awino Nyombei - Diaspora Community Organiser, philanthropist.
44. John Sibi-Okumu- Poet, Journalist, Francophone Writer, Presenter, Moderator Actor- Director-Playwright best known for his starring role in The Constant Gardener
45. Jonah Hezekiah Oyugi (Kabondo)- Educationist, Former MP Bondo
46. Johanna Owalo- Prelate (Luo Nomiya Church of East Africa).
47. Benson Ogutu Alek Omogi "japuonj"- Educationist.
IF YOU MISSED ASEMBO CLAN 1: READ IT HERE