Dinah Wanyonyi

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Dinah Wanyonyi

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"Let the memory of Dinah Wanyonyi be with us forever "

  • 78 Years Old
  • Born on Wednesday, July 25 1945 in Kenya
  • Passed away on Sunday, June 30 2024 in Kiungani, Kitale

Madam Dinah Naliaka Wanyonyi was a remarkable woman who left an indelible mark on all who knew her.

Early life

Born on July 25, 1945, in Chapata Village, Chepchoina, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mzee Erastus Bunyasi Musungu and the late Agnes Nanjala Bunyasi.


Dinah's journey began in the humble surroundings of Cherubai and Endebess primary schools. Her passion for education led her to Mosoriot Teachers Training College, where she honed the skills that would define her career. She was not just a teacher; she was a beacon of knowledge, touching the lives of countless students across various schools, from Race Course, Eldoret, Primary School in Uasin Gishu to East Sare Primary (now Kapsara Primary) then Nasokol Primary in West Pokot County. Her dedication brought her to SSD Primary School on Ronald Ngala Street in Nairobi, and thereafter relocating from Nairobi to Trans Nzoia, she continued her teaching work in Kiptuimet, Kobos, Lunyu, Namanjalala, and finally, Grassland Primary, from where she retired in 1997.


While teaching at Nasokol Primary, Dinah met the love of her life, Mr Ben Nyongesa Wanyonyi. Their union, blessed by the Rev Daniel Tumko on December 30, 1967, was a testament to their unwavering love and commitment. Though they faced the heartache of losing their first daughter in 1969, they were blessed with five more children: David Biketi, John Mechumo, Andrew Manafwa, Lois Nafula, and Peter Kusimba. Dinah was a devoted wife and mother, her heart ever brimming with love for her family.

After the death of her husband, Ben Nyongesa Wanyonyi in September 2003, she held the family together and was a source of succor and wisdom.


Dinah's influence extended far beyond her family. In Lunyu, she was a respected farmer, known for her dedication and hard work. Her passion for peace and faith was evident in every aspect of her life.


A devout Christian, she played a pivotal role in building the first Anglican Church in Lunyu, St Peters Anglican Church, alongside Mama Alice, Mama Edah, and Mzee Zakayo Githua Mwangi. Her faith journey continued as she joined the Abundant Life Crusade Church, where she served as a treasurer and worked with American missionaries to establish a community library. Never one to rest on her laurels, Dinah pursued further education at Grace College in Karen, Nairobi, earning a diploma in Theology. She later joined Good Life Church, continuing her mission to serve God and her community.

Dinah Naliaka Wanyonyi was a woman of unparalleled strength, compassion, and faith. Her legacy is one of love, dedication, and unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of those around her. She was a peacemaker, a devoted Christian, a loving wife and mother, and a beacon of hope and inspiration.

Around 2018 Mama Dinah was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system and form growths. In her case, the growths affected her breathing. She also battled high blood pressure and diabetes for over 15 years. She put up a good fight under the care of Prof Nicholas Abinya of Nairobi Hospital, a leading specialist in this form of cancer and Dr Hussein of MP Shah. However, on morning of Sunday 30th June 2024, she peacefully passed on at her home in Kiungani.

As we bid farewell to this extraordinary woman, let us carry forward her legacy of love, faith, and service. Dinah's life was a testament to the power of dedication and the impact one person can have on their community and beyond. Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. Rest in peace, Dinah Naliaka Wanyonyi.

Your light will forever shine in our hearts.

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