Mark Ouma, Ugandan sports journalist, Died at 55

  Sports, Writer

Mark Muga Ouma was born on September 10, 1960, in Kampala, Uganda and died on July 10, 2016.

He was a Ugandan journalist and academic.

His parent was Bernadette and Joseph Ouma (an academic), Mark Ouma grew up studying in his birthplace, Kenya, and also in Sydney, Australia.

Mark completed his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Makerere University and went on to teach Advanced Logic at his alma mater in the 1980s.

As a Kenyan citizen, he taught there at Egerton University in the early 1990s.

He chose to focus on his passion, sports journalism, after 1995 and took up a position at the South African Broadcasting Corporation as an international correspondent.

He became a team member at the Daybreak Africa News team for Voice of America, remaining in South Africa and serving as the sports editor there.

He was also a writer and a photographer, Ouma increasingly focused more on athletics writing, becoming a regular correspondent from 1998 for the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport’s governing body.

Mark became one of Africa’s foremost athletics journalists and frequently reported from the African Championships in Athletics – the continent’s biennial tournament.

As a Freelancer, Ouma launched African Athletics, a website dedicated to athletics journalism for Africa.

He was reporting from the 2016 African Championships in Athletics he took ill and died shortly after at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban.

Mark Ouma passed away at 55 years old.