Late former Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha’s widow Barbara Odudu has given a glowing tribute to her husband of 40 years.
Speaking during the requiem mass at Consolata Shrine on Thursday, February 9, Barbara eulogized his late husband as a loving and caring person.
She told mourners that their 4-decade union was not perfect as people may think.
“I had George Magoha for 40 years. I thank God and I have accepted. He wasn’t perfect neither was I, neither did we have a perfect relationship but we walked through it knowing that marriage is about 80/20; 80 percent- what the two of you share in common and 20 percent what may divide you,” she said.
Barbara noted that even though there is no perfect marriage, they always worked to make it better.
“He was not perfect and neither was I, and neither did we have a perfect relationship but we worked through it… We increased the 80 percent and reduced the 20 percent in our lives to make it 0.2 percent and in that way, we had a perfect marriage,” the mother of one added.
The two met at Lagos University in 1972 and tied the knot in 1982.
While recalling the last moments he had with Magoha, Barbara said she was ironing her clothes to go to work when she heard a distressed husband calling out.
Magoha died on Tuesday, January 23, at the Nairobi Hospital aged 71.
He collapsed in his house and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“It is with great regret that we announce the sudden and untimely demise of Professor George Magoha this evening at The Nairobi Hospital,” The Nairobi Hospital said in a statement.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 11.