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African Food Fellowship mourns esteemed leadership coach Michael Oyier

Michael Oyier hosts the inaugural Kenya Transform Food Festival on November 4, 2022.

The African Food Fellowship is deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague, Mr. Michael Oyier. Michael was an integral part of the Fellowship and played a significant role in the Food Systems Leadership Programme (FSLP).

He joined the Fellowship in 2021 as a leadership coach and worked with Fellows to help sharpen their food systems leadership. He become an invaluable sounding board as they worked on their food systems actions and tackled career challenges, big and small..

“A gentleman, humble and valuable coach. I thank God to have had a close exchange with him thanks to AFF. May the Lord comfort his family and loved ones,” said Priscilla Kinyari, a cohort 2 Fellow.

For cohort 3 Fellow Apollo Karuga, Michael’s influence went beyond the professional sphere into impacting personal lives.

“Mr Micheal Oyier was a wonderful coach. There was so much to learn from him. He helped one of my closest relatives through a rough time. God bless his soul. RIP Michael,” said Karuga.

Michael’s dedication, expertise, and positive spirit made a lasting impact on the Fellowship and the individuals he worked with. His contributions to the FSLP and his commitment to our mission will be remembered fondly by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He exemplified good leadership, defining it as “the ability to inspire and influence transformation in people, communities and society.”

His talents also shone whenever he addressed a gathering, commanding attention with his authoritative voice infused with warmth and humour.

“Michael was our Master of Ceremonies at the first ever Kenya Transform Food Fellowship in 2022. His thoughtful and warm approach helped make this the anchoring launch we hoped for. Future Festivals will carry the echo of what he helped start,” said African Food Fellowship director Joost Guijt.

“Michael lit up the room with his smile and positivity. He truly loved imparting wisdom as well as learning from the Fellows. Rest well, Michael. You will be sorely missed by everyone whose life you touched,” added Fellowship hub content and engagement lead Stella Adi.

“This is very sad news, shocking and sorrowful for his family and everyone who loved him. He contributed to the Fellowship from the beginning and the Fellows have been nourished with his wisdom and kindness, and so were we as a team. Thankful for having met him,” said FSLP lead Riti Herman-Mostert.

During this difficult time, our thoughts and condolences are with Michael’s family, friends, and all those affected by this loss. We share in the sorrow of his passing and honour the positive influence he had on our team and the communities we serve.