Kenyan Math tutor dies of Coronavirus in New York

Friday, April 24th, 2020 00:00 |
Dr Maurice Ojwang.

Dr Maurice Ojwang from Kisumu county, who recently celebrated his 30 years’ stay in America, succumbed to coronavirus on Tuesday in New York, after being hospitalised for two weeks at the Riverside Hospital.

Ojwang, a father of two, holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science from City University of New York, and a Doctorate degree in Management Information Systems from K-Western University.

Dr Ojwang’s elder brother Tobias Ojwang yesterday mourned the deceased, saying the community had lost an elder and educationist.

“My world is gone. I have lost a son, a biological brother, a scientist, an elder, an international evangelist, an educationist and philanthropic par excellence,” he said.

By yesterday, details of Ojwang’s burial had not been finalised.

Early last month, Dr Ojwang -a resident of Yonkers, New York -took to Facebook to reminisce when he left Kenya for the US some 30 years ago.

“I could barely raise airfare, not to mention the school fees to study abroad. I was going by faith in the God I had served. I was determined,” he wrote.

Ojwang got infected on April 2 in the course of duty and texted a friend in Kenya: “I caught the Covid-19 and I’m only holding onto God’s hands. Please pray that I survive it.”

The staunch Seventh Day Adventist was also an adjunct professor of Math and Computer Science at New Rochelle College in New York.

He was also a director at the Tender Hearts Foundation US and the proprietor of Maurice Ojwang Unique Academy in Nyakach, Kisumu. He last visited Kenya twice last year.

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