Okiya Omtatah is a Kenyan human activist who has been on forefront in courts to challenge decisions which are unconstitutional. Okiya omtatah cv, biography, wife, family, tribe, education and contacts. He is not a lawyer by profession.
Okiya Omtatah has sued over 1,000 personalities and appeared in court more than any Kenya, even the judges themselves.’
Omtatah’s name is about to enter into the Guinness Books of Records as the sole individual who has filed the highest number of cases in court.
OKIYAH OMTATAH BIOGRAPHY
Okiya Omtatah was born in Busia County on 30th November 1964 and his 54 years of age as at 2018.
OKIYA OMTATAH EDUCATION BACKGROUND
The activist joined St. Pauls’ Secondary School for form 1 and 2. It is there that he met a missionary priest who greatly influenced his convictions to date. He later joined St. Peters School in Mukumu in 1981 for his Form 3 and 4 where he passed his O levels exams. He was then admitted to the same school for his Form 5 and 6 and cleared in 1983.
Okiya Omtatah was later admitted to The University of Nairobi for a Bachelor of Commerce degree but he declined the admission and instead joined St. Augustine in Mabanga, Bungoma where he pursued a Diploma in Philosophy.At St.Augustine Mabanga,he was diagnosed with grand mal after he suffered from a fatal injury-he almost became mad.
The activist later joined Kenya Polytechnic to pursue Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. He graduated two years later with a diploma in Mechanical and Automobile Engineering.
OKIYA OMTATAH TRIBE
He was born in Busia and is luhya by tribe.
OKIYA OMTATAH FAMILY
Okiya Omtatah has four elder sisters and he is the only boy in his family. he grew up in Teso South and was baptized in the Catholic Church.
OKIYA OMTATAH SICKNESS
Okiya Omtatah while schooling for priesthood suffered an injury that affected his brain and he became epileptic hence couldn’t continue with the priesthood. his health deteriorated severely he was taken to Aga Khan Hospital and was diagnosed with grand mal which is a permanent condition. his condition was so serious that I could not continue with priesthood.
Did you ever get better from the disease?
A.Yes, I did but with the use of traditional medicine. It was on 17th December 1987 during one of the football matches that a young man approached me and told me that if I could get Kshs. 1500 then he would talk to his father to prescribe some medicine for me. I requested the amount from my parents and paid to get the medication.Within 12 days the seizures had stopped.I went back to Aga Khan Hospital and indeed there was no longer any trace of grand mal.
OKIYA OMTATAH :When did you begin your activism?
A.My activism began way back in high school. All my evaluation reports stated that even though I was obedient and respectful, I was also outspoken. I remember that while in St. Peters School, students were allowed to freely express themselves. In fact, we had an area we commonly referred to as the ‘Stone of Wisdom’ where we were allowed to say anything to the teachers or students without fear of victimisation. It was while I was there that I began to appreciate the importance of freedom of speech.