Raila Junior has dismissed the narrative that children born from rich families don’t have to work hard.

Speaking in an interview with the Star on November 28, the son of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said he has to work hard to provide his family just like an ordinary Kenyan.

He noted that his life is no different by virtue of being Raila’s son.

“Being the son of the former prime minister has not made life any different from a son of an ordinary Kenyan. I have to work very hard lest my family will lack. I wake up by 5 am, work from Monday to Friday. At the end of the day, I have school fees to pay, house bills to pay among other things,” he said.

On the presumption that his prominent family surname -Odinga- makes it easy for him, Junior said: “No it doesn’t.”

“Going by my surname the expectations placed on me are much higher compared to expectations placed on other people doing the same job.”

The father of one also hinted that he doesn’t like asking his father for money.

“I have school fees to pay for my three-year-old son. I need to provide. If I go to my father’s house to ask for money he will bombard me with questions on why I need the money,” he explained.

Also Read: Raila Junior – My First Salary was 10K. It was a Lot of Cash


Speaking on matters marriage, the 40-year-old disclosed the most trying moment was when they were trying to have a child with his wife Yvonne Wambui.

“Wambui and I were childhood friends. We grew together fell in love and got married(in 2011).

Junior with his father Raila Odinga and wife Yvonne Wambui Kibukosya

“I hope she will allow me to disclose this. We had been married for a long time and we weren’t able to get a child in the very first years. We struggled for a very long time for about four, five years and eventually, God blessed us with our firstborn, a son,” he said.

The media producer also revealed that in his leisure time, he enjoys swimming, playing golf and spending time with his family.

Raila Junior noted that he has since quit alcohol.

“I used to enjoy alcohol in my youth but from 2012 I made a personal decision to quit alcohol,” he said.