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Rest with the angels: Funeral dates set for esteemed journalist Michael Oyier

Media personality Michael Oyier’s will be laid to rest on May 1, 2024, in Homa Bay County.

The funeral committee has announced a requiem mass scheduled for April 29 at All Saints Cathedral Church in Nairobi.

This service aims to provide an opportunity for friends, family, and relatives to bid their final farewell to the late journalist.

Additionally, a fundraiser is set to take place on April 26 at All Saints Cathedral to assist in settling the hospital bills left by Oyier. Proceeds from the fundraiser will also contribute to covering other funeral expenses.

Oyier passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2024, due to an undisclosed illness while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.

Oyier reportedly collapsed at his Lavington residence after experiencing severe headaches on Wednesday and was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

His family describes him as a gentleman and a friend to many.

“We, the family and friends of Michael, have opened this page to reach the wider community of friends and relatives to enable you to share fond memories, and condolences and to receive updates regarding the funeral arrangements.

Mike, the ever gentlemen, was a husband, a brother, an uncle and a friend to many. Feel free to share your condolences and fond memories and even pictures of our beloved Michael on this page as we keep his memory alive.”

Following his passing, his body was taken to Lee Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem examination.

Who is Michael Oyier?

Michael Oyier was captivated by journalism from an early age, recognising the transformative power of storytelling to inspire positive change within society.

His journalistic journey began with contributions to local newspapers and radio stations, where he refined his skills in investigative reporting and feature writing.

Known for his meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to truth and integrity, Oyier quickly rose to prominence, establishing himself as a respected figure in Kenyan journalism.

He served as an anchor and presenter at Standard Group for nine years before departing in 2012 to pursue other endeavours.

In his later years, Oyier transitioned into counselling and executive leadership coaching, leveraging his expertise to guide and inspire others.

He was the second born in a family of five siblings and a father of two daughters.

Oyier was also a certified psychologist.

Following his demise, prominent media figures, including, Janet Mbugua, Maina Kageni and Carol Radull, have paid tribute to the legendary Oyier on their social media platforms.

Maina Kageni hailed Oyier as a legend, paying tribute to his significant contributions to the media industry.

“We have lost a legend. Thank you for everything Michael Oyier… one of the very best newscasters I have ever known…. a true example of commitment, discipline and encouragement!!!! Sincere condolences to the entire media fraternity and the family (Peter, Paul, Olga) and friends. Rest In Peace Michael Oyier…”

Carol for her part wrote, “Worst news ever. Former KTN and Kiss100 News presenter Michael Oyier died while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.”

Media personality, Betty Kyallo added, “Michael Oyier. One of the Greats. You were such a friend, a beautiful soul. A silent and warm giant. I will mourn you and I will miss you. Thank you for the therapy sessions. I needed a listening ear and you were there. Thank you.”

Janet Mbugua paid tribute saying, “Just hearing the passing of Michael Oyier who I briefly worked with at KTN News in 2009 when I anchored a few bulletins with him. He has such a signature style and voice. Condolences to family, friends, colleagues and the media fraternity.”

May his soul rest in peace.