British based journalist returns to Kenya for great-grandmother’s 117th birthday

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Elizabeth Gathoni and Priscilla Ng'ethe
Elizabeth Gathoni and her great granddaughter Priscilla Ng'ethe. Photo: BBC

23-year-old London based freelance journalist, Priscilla Ng’ethe, has produced a heartfelt and very personal documentary about returning to Kenya for the 117th birthday of her great grandmother, Elizabeth Gathoni.

After winning a BBC story-telling challenge, Priscilla was assigned a team by the broadcaster who flew with her to Kenya to cover the story.

The resulting short film, which is available on the BBC iPlayer, follows Priscilla’s journey to Kenya to celebrate the birthday alongside her family.

Elizabeth is the only surviving widow of colonial-era chief Koinange wa Mbiyu. According to her national identity card, she was born in 1900 and is the fifth of the chief’s six wives.

Related content: At 117, colonial-era chief Koinage’s widow Elizabeth Gathoni is full of life (Daily Nation)

Following the death of 117-year-old Emma Martina Luigia Morano, the most recent holder of the World Record for the oldest living person, it may be that Priscilla’s great grandmother is now the oldest living human.

If you missed the first showing of Celebrating Life at 117, you can watch it again on DStv channel 400 at 20.30 tonight (Easter Sunday, 16 April) and on Friday 21 April at 12.30.

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