Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Biography

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o was born on 10th October 1945, he is a Kenyan politician.He is the  current governor for Kisumu county after beating his opponent, the incumbent governor  Jack Ranguma in the 2017 Kenya General election. He is the former senator for Kisumu county. He is  the Secretary General of the Orange Democratic Movement.

He was the acting party leader from March 11 until late May when Raila Odinga was in the United States and was elected to the National Assembly of Kenya in the December 2007 parliamentary election, representing the Kisumu Rural Constituency. He was the Minister for Medical Services and previously the Minister for Planning & National Development.

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Education Background

1977 :  Graduate Student of University of Chicago, USA(PhD, Political Science)

1974:  Graduate Student of University of Chicago, USA (M.A, Political Economy)

1971 :  Undergraduate Studentof University of Chicago, USA  (Degree in Political Science)

1968 → 1971: Undergraduate Student of Makerere University, Uganda (BA, Political Science & Philosophy; 1st class honours)

1962 – 1967 : Secondary School Student of Alliance High School

1953 – 1961 : Primary School Student of Ndiru Primary School

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Political Career

Cuirrent Political Position

11th March 2013 – Up to date : Senator for Kisumu county

13th February 2013 – Up to date : Coalition member of Coalition for Reforms & Democracy

2008 – 2013 : Minister of Medical Services of Cabinet

2007 – Up to date : Member of Orange Democratic Movement

Previous Political Positions

2008 → 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural

2003 → 2007 : Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural

2002 → 2007 :  Member of National Rainbow Coalition

2003 → 2005 : Minister of Planning and National Development of Cabinet

1998 → 2002 : Nominated Member of Parliament

1993 → 1997 : Member of Parliament for Kisumu Rural

1992 → 1997: member of Ford Kenya.

Profession Career

1987 → 1991 : Head of Programsof African Academy of Sciences

1984 → 1986 : Associate Professor of University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1982 → 1984 : Visiting Research Officer of El Colegio De Mexico

1977 → 1981 : Lecturer and Senior Lecturer of University of Nairobi


He has published several books and articles on democracy, democratisation, the state and the political economy of development in Africa. Among the publications are

  • “Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa”, (London: Zed Books, 1987);
  • “The Study of African Politics: A Critical Appreciation of A Heritage” (Nairobi: Ball Foundation, 2002);
  • “A Leap Into the Future” (Nairobi: Word Alive Publishers, 2095).


Dec 2013- March 2013 : He was recently Gro Harlem Brundland Senior Leadership Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, the Harvard School of Public Health

1995 : The German-African Award for his contribution to democracy and democratisation in Africa.

1989 : Fellowship of the African Academy of Sciences | 1989

Committee Membership

2008 – 2013  : Member of House Business Committee

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Children and Family

Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o is married to Dorothy Nyong’o with six children.His daughter is Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o.



He is the founder member of the African Cancer Foundation. He began the foundation after undergoing prostrate cancer treatment. The foundation aims at reaching out to cancer patients from across the country and see how they can be assisted in seeking treatment from specialized hospitals across the world.

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o Contacts

Address : Parliament Buildings
Parliament Rd.
P.O Box 41842 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Email :

Tel : 0733513229


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Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o – Interview on Cancer

interviewer : When were you diagnosed with prostate cancer and what was your reaction?
Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o : I was diagnosed in July 2010. My first reaction was shock of course, but then I had been following the rise of my (Prostate-specific Antigen) PSA for some time.

I was also rather angry because I thought I should have done the biopsy much earlier to reduce the risk of the cancer going to its secondary stage.

My doctor immediately put me on hormone therapy to stop the spread while awaiting further treatment.

Fortunately, further examinations in the US showed that the cancer was still confined to the prostate capsule so I could go through intensity modulated radiation therapy (a type of external beam radiation therapy) successfully and be cured.

interviewer : Would it be timely for Members of Parliament to discuss the Cancer Control Bill ahead of the UN non-communicable diseases summit in September this year?

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o: I think it is very important that Parliament should pass the Cancer Control Bill very soon, and I hope the House committee on Health will press for this since the Bill is ready.

interviewer : What is your message to Kenyans as they mark World Cancer Day today (Thursday)?

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o: Kenyans should remember their many compatriots who have cancer and are unable to get treatment because of poverty, lack of facilities or simply not knowing what to do.

Technology and knowledge exist globally to save the lives of our people if only we can resolve as a nation to ensure that all of us have access to quality and affordable health care.

interviewer : What is the progress of your treatment?

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o: I feel confident that I am conquering the beast. Eighty per cent of the radiation sessions, which I do for 20 minutes every day from Monday to Friday as an outpatient, are already behind me, and with minimal side effects. I will be home soon by the grace of God.

interviewer : What gaps exist in Kenya in diagnosing, treatment and management of prostate cancer?

Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o: First, prevention requires awareness at the personal, societal and government level.

Individual men and their families should be aware that men over the age of 45 are likely to get prostate cancer depending on their family history, diet and lifestyle.

As such men, and families for that matter, should have healthy diets, avoiding red meat and fatty foods, and depending more on vegetables, fruits, fish and tubers. Smoking is also dangerous.

As a whole people should lead a balanced life, with plenty of exercise and leisure time.

But where poverty is rampant, all this becomes problematic.

The Government should make it a mandatory health requirement for men over 45 to have their PSA levels tested regularly so that the disease can be caught early.

Second, we require nurses, clinical officers and urologists who can diagnose prostate cancer and advise on proper treatment. Proper diagnostic equipment is also a must.

At the moment, these are extremely few, and very often diagnosing prostate cancer is done mainly at our national referral facilities, provincial government hospitals and private hospitals.

As we move towards decentralising health care in line with the Constitution and devolved government, such services should be available at the district and sub-district levels.

Third, treatment of prostate cancer is the most vexing problem. Public hospitals are extremely short of the specialists and equipment needed.

interviewer : How is prostate cancer treated?
Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o : Before starting treating prostate cancer, an oncologist will need to know if its in the primary, secondary or very advanced level. This is done by assessing the extent of the presence of cancer cells using Gleason Scores (GS), which range from 2 to 10.

A GS of 3 would mean very primary cancer still confined to the prostate capsule; one of 4 to 7 would mean a secondary growth requiring attention, and anything above that could have grown beyond the prostate gland and into the rest of the body.

The four main ways of treating prostate cancer are: radical prostatectomy (surgery); external beam radiation therapy; brachytherapy, or radioactive seed implants; and hormone ablation therapy (HAT) where one or more hormones are used to shut down the production of male hormones, such as testosterone, that feed the cancerous cells.

When starved, the cells shrink and eventually die. Depending on the stage of the cancer, the doctor could decide to use one or a combination of these treatments.

We have not invested enough in the purchase of equipment and the training of enough specialists to undertake these treatments in Kenya. Treatment abroad is very expensive.

Source : Daily Nation