Akbar Adoko Nekyon: Uganda’s legendary politician, minister dead


Adoko Nekyon died from Nsambya Hospital in Kampala

The Breakdown

“It’s true he (Akbar) died today,” Bishop Engena briefly confirmed in an interview.

Uganda has lost one of her vocal sons, a political mentor and a learned citizen in Mzee Akbar Adoko Nekyon.

The former Member of Parliament died at 87 years from St. Francis Hospital, popularly known as Nsambya Hospital in Kampala on Friday.

Bishop Eddy Engena Maitum, Obote’s elder son confirmed his death on phone, Friday afternoon.

“It’s true he (Akbar) died today,” Bishop Engena briefly confirmed in an interview.

The cause of his death was unknown by press time.

In 2013, he was admitted to Kampala International Hospital with spinal complication. He was later discharged after responding well to medication.

The deceased was President Dr. Apollo Milton Obote’s (RIP) cousin who took prime positions in both Democratic Party (DP) and UPC party.

He was the first post independence Information, Broadcasting and Tourism Minister in 1960S.

That aside, he held various ministerial positions, among them Minister for Planning and Community Affairs, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Co Operatives and Heath Minister. Akbar also served as Lango South East Member of Parliament.

He also managed Uganda Airline as General Manager before it died.

With his death coming untimely, many Ugandans are paying their tributes to the man who did all he could for this country.

Below are few of many heartfelt condolence messages.

Daniel Roy Odur, a son of Oyima clan whose clan leader was Nekyon says…”Kinsmen! With heavy heart, I regret to inform you that our Awitong has passed on this afternoon. We thank the Lord for the great life he has had with us. Pray the Angels receive him and lead him to Paradise.”

“In accordance with faith, burial is tomorrow at 2pm in Chegere, Apac district.”

James Omara Elem, Male Youth Councilor for Lira district moans thus: “Another Lango son who did all he could do to take our country to another level has gone. So sad, RIP.”

H.E Rebecca Amuge Otengo, Uganda’s Ambassador in Ethiopia shared her condolence message: “Sadly, we have lost our icon Mzee Akbar Adoko Nekyon. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Amen!!! He passed on from Nsambya Hospital. He will be remembered for his high descriptive proficiency in Luo, economic acumen and educative communication.”

Nekyon’s detailed Biography.

He was born on the 6 August, 1931 at Akokoro, the then Lango district to the family of Chief Jekeri Akaki and Abisagiri Koli.

He went to Ibuje Primary school in Apac, Ngora Secondary in Ngora district and Kings College Buddo in Kampala.

Later, he joined Kerala University (India) for 5 years and obtained Masters in Economics with Political Science
Mzee Adoko served in the Colonial Civil Service (CCS) as a clerk-interpreter for one year and his interpretation was often applauded by whites.

Elected and served as the first president of FUFA in 1968 after change of name from UFA.

He pioneered the formation of Uganda’s Football Governing Body, FUFA then known as Uganda Football Association (UFA).

With tireless efforts, he founded the first Uganda National Football League in 1968.

Founded the National Council of Sports in 1964 and appointed Mr Bataringaya Basil as the 1st Chairman of NCS.

Got to love football from his Elder brother Erifazi Odur.

He has received several honors in relation to his contributions to various aspects in Uganda.

He was honored by Parliament of the Republic of Uganda during the 50th Independence anniversary celebration for life time achiever for Uganda.

Awarded Honorary Ph.D by Makerere University for his remarkable contribution to field of academics (English literature- published five literature Books).

Served as a Member of Parliament of the Legislative Assembly in the Parliament of Uganda for 18 years including Constituent Assembly.

Served as a Cabinet minister in Uganda government for seven years.

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