In A Land of V8s And Vanity, One Man Dares To Drive A Nissan: The Parable Of Okiya Omtatah – The Truest Servant Leader In Kenya

By Steve Biko Wafula / Published February 17, 2024 | 4:50 pm



Okiya Omtatah

In the ecosystem of Kenyan politics, where opulence is often mistaken for competence, a bizarre spectacle unfolds—a senator, Okiya Omtatah, dares to traverse the terrain in a modest Nissan AD. The collective gasp of the nation could be heard across the savannahs, from the bustling streets of Nairobi to the serene shores of Lake Victoria. “A Nissan? What sorcery is this?” they cried, clutching their pearls and their expectations of grandeur.

Behold, the fable of the century, where a man of the people becomes an anomaly for refusing to saddle himself with the trappings of power. It’s as if he walked out of a proverb, “The humble ride low, while the vain ride high,” only to find that the audience had forgotten the moral of the story.

Let us journey through the looking glass, where Kenyans, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that the measure of a leader’s worth is directly proportional to the horsepower of their chariot. “Why, oh why,” they lament, “does our knight not ride a steed befitting his stature? Surely, a V8 steed, armored and swift, would shield him from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune—or at least from minor road accidents.”

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Enter the chorus of social media philosophers, armed with their keyboards of justice, decrying the senator’s choice as if it were a personal affront. “To drive a Nissan in a land of V8s is to spit in the face of luxury,” they chant, missing the irony that their elected gladiators often acquire these metallic beasts through less-than-noble means, parading them as spoils of war against common sense.

And yet, amidst the cacophony of ridicule and bemusement, Omtatah stands as a beacon of humility. He, who navigates the concrete jungles without a phalanx of bodyguards, who faces the Goliaths of politics armed with nothing but his slingshot of integrity, asks not for your pity but for your awakening.

For what are we, the people, if not the architects of our despair? We cry foul at the specter of corruption, yet mock the very simplicity we claim to desire. “Give us honest leaders!” we shout into the void, yet scoff when they appear not in gilded carriages but in vehicles that whisper, not roar.

In this twisted drama, we find the essence of our folly. The Nissan, a chariot of the people, becomes a symbol of defiance—a middle finger to the excesses that have long defined political success. Omtatah, our unlikely hero, rides not to the chorus of cheers but to the whispers of change, challenging the status quo with every kilometer clocked in his modest steed.

So, let us raise our glasses (of maize porridge, for we are humble folk) to Senator Okiya Omtatah. May his journey be smooth, his resolve unyielding, and his Nissan AD, a beacon of hope in a sea of V8s. For in the end, it is not the car that maketh the man, but the man who maketh the difference.

In this parable of power and humility, let us find the courage to embrace the simple over the ostentatious, to champion the servant leaders who walk among us. For perhaps, in the tale of Omtatah and his Nissan, lies the secret to the leadership we so desperately seek but are too blinded by vanity to recognize.

And to you, Okiya Omtatah, I say: Drive on, noble senator, drive on. Your chariot of the people rides against the wind of expectation, but it carries with it the hopes and dreams of a nation yearning for change. May your journey inspire a thousand more to follow the road less traveled, for it is there that the true leaders are forged.

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About Steve Biko Wafula

Steve Biko is the CEO OF Soko Directory and the founder of Hidalgo Group of Companies. Steve is currently developing his career in law, finance, entrepreneurship and digital consultancy; and has been implementing consultancy assignments for client organizations comprising of trainings besides capacity building in entrepreneurial matters.He can be reached on: +254 20 510 1124 or Email: info@sokodirectory.com

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