Donations in Memory of Professor Will Help School in His Native Kenya

Kiogora family photo

In his 17 years on the Eastern Kentucky University faculty, Dr. Timothy Kiogora embodied a passion for educating students and colleagues about the African diaspora, particularly with regard to his native Kenya.

He passed away in December 2012 after a brief illness, but Kiogora’s legacy will resonate for generations to come in his home village in Kenya, thanks to the generosity of fellow EKU faculty who taught alongside him in the Department of Foreign Languages and Humanities and the African/African American Studies (AFA) programs.

More than $1,300 in donations raised by those colleagues will go toward the purchase of several computers at the MCK Chaaria Primary School in Gaitu, Kenya. Kiogora’s widow, Joyce, and children Naitore and Zabu were on hand for a presentation at the recent 10th anniversary celebration of EKU’s African/African American Studies Program.

“Dr. Kiogora loved EKU and its students,” said AFA Director Dr. Salome Nnoromele. “He went out of his way to make sure that the students had the optimal opportunity to learn, in and outside the classroom. He was a great supporter of AFA, was there right from the beginning and helped draft the proposal to start the program, taught two courses for AFA every semester, and served on the advisory board until his death.”

A plaque will hang at the Kenya school noting Kiogora’s contributions to EKU and the gifts in his honor that made the additional computers possible.

Nnoromele said additional donations to the Timothy Kiogora Memorial Fund are always welcome and may be sent to the University Development office, Coates CPO 19, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, Ky., 40475. Checks should be made out to the EKU Foundation and marked “Timothy Kiogora Memorial Fund” in the memo line.

Published on February 21, 2014