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#R.I.P EUGENE OSCAR OUMA

 

LIFE AND TIMES OF EUGENE OSCAR OUMA

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In the morning of 30th January, 1992 a bouncing baby boy  was born to the late Rev. Ronald Ouma and Mama Lucia Atieno Ouma, at Tom Mboya Memorial Health Centre, Rusinga Island.

 

Oscar was quite and decisive right from the start. it was therefore not surprising when at age of 2 years, he forged a strong relationship with his step mother, Mama Joyce Ouma, whom he stayed with as de-facto mother throughout his lifetime. as fate would have it, Oscar lost his father and Mother at the age of four and five years respectively. He found a natural home and had his place in Mama Joyce’s house as the de-facto last born.

 

Oscar enrolled and attended ICIPE international School from class  1 to 5, before he relocated to Naminage Mixed Day and Boarding Primary in Kamuli District, Uganda, becoming a diaspora student in our midst. He sat for his Primary Leaving exams in 2005 where he passed with flying colours, earning himself a place in the prestigious Kilra college, Butiki in Jinja region. After a sterling performance in the school, Oscar sat for his Uganda Certificate Of Education examination in 2009, where he again performed excellently and having the distinction of being retained in Kilra College for his A level education. In 2012, he was not  able to secure the threshold points to pursue his dream career at Makerere University and consequently he came back to Kenya.

 

In May 2013, Oscar registered and joined Daystar University to study B.A in Community Development. He was so passionate in this course that it was not long before he was part of SMILE FOUNDATION KENYA to offer community service in Nairobi slums and college initiatives tailored towards giving back to  the community.

 

Oscars health started deteriorating in October 2014 when he would complain of loss of appetite, fatigue and general malaise. He dismissed and attributed this to his packed school work and social programs, Mid November, a lump was progressively growing on his lower chest, exerting pressure on his mid-rib. This was initially treated as an infection with general antibiotics. The respite was however Short-lived. By end of November 2014, the swelling had progressively grown.

 

A biopsy done on the identified tumor returned a result of cancer cells. Further tests confirmed our worst fears. Oscar had an advanced liver cancer. He was initially hospitalized at Coptic Hospital and later to Kenyatta NAtional Hospital, where he lost the battle at 10 pm on 15th January 2015.

 

29.Jan.1992 to 15.Jan.2015

 

May your soul rest in eternal peace. Shalom.

 

Eugene Oscar Ouma, Ass. Director Smile Foundation Kenya, was diagnosed with Liver Cancer, on the 3rd of December 2014, among other complications; kidney failure, punctured lungs, and pain in the ribs.

 

By Mr. Dickens Mitawia (Brother to the diseased)

 

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