David Ole Sankok Biography, Wikipedia, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Disability, Education
Dr. David Sankok is a Narok County-based Kenyan politician and opinion leader who has represented people with disabilities (PWDs) in the Kenyan National Assembly.
He previously also served as the chairman of the National Council of People with Disabilities (NCPWD).
Prior to the 2022 general elections, he made an unexpected announcement that he will be retiring from politics “to give other people with disabilities a chance to make a difference in parliament” and to focus on his personal life.
David Ole Sankok Biography
David Ole Sankok is a nominated Member of Parliament representing Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the National Assembly. The MP who was nominated by the ruling Jubilee Party is a former chairman of National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD). He has also served as/is a member/chairman of various committees including:
- Committee on Selection
- Departmental Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunity.
- Departmental Committee on Labor and Social Welfare.
- Chairman of Narok Central Business Association (NCBA)
- Chairman FINAD
David Ole Sankok Age
He was born on 11th December 1978 in Entotol location, Narok county. He loved football and sprinting and played like any other young boy. This all changed when he got pneumonia in 1989 and was taken to hospital. An injection by the doctor completely paralyzed his right leg.
Owing to this, he faced social segregation, social isolation, stigmatisation, and ridicule, especially from the kids he used to bully around.
David Ole Sankok Educational Background
The former NCPWD chairman began his education at Ole Sankale Primary School before proceeding to Kericho High School. He became captain while in high school.
In 1998, he joined the University of Nairobi to pursue a course in medicine. He said his best subject at the university was Physiology and his best lecturer Dr. Okwaro.
David Ole Sankok Career
Ole Sankok’s political career began while he was still in university. This is when he was elected chairman of SONU.
He served as a director and board member of the National Government Affirmative Action Fund from 2012 to 2014.
In 2014, he also became the chairman of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPWDs), a position he held until 2017.
Sankok was then nominated to the National Assembly in 2017 as a member of the Jubilee Party to represent people with disabilities (PWDs).
Aside from being a politician, Sankok also works in other different sectors, including real estate, farming, and as the director and proprietor of OSIM country lodge.
Moreover, Sankok has also served as a member of the Departmental Committee on Labor and Social Welfare and the Committee on Appointments, as well as chairman of FINAD and the Narok Central Business Association (NCBA), among others.
He served as a nominated MP for People with Disabilities (PWDs) until the 2022 general elections, when he stepped down from politics to focus on his personal life.
Prior to leaving politics, he landed a great opportunity at the United Nations (UN) as an African special advisor on the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2021.
David Ole Sankok Wife and Children
David Ole Sankok is married to Hellen Seiyanoi Sankok, when he was 21 years old before he even started university studies.
Sankok met Hellen when she was still a student at Ole Tips Girls and developed a relationship with her.
However, due to his paralysis, he was a bit skeptical of the relationship.
They are blessed with six children, two girls and four boys, including their late son, Hillary Memusi Sankok.
On one social media site, David Ole Sankok family is described as “the only family in the entire world that loves people with disabilities from the bottom of their hearts.”
David Ole Sankok Disability
Dr. David Ole Sankok was born healthy and without disabilities, and he enjoyed playing football and sprinting. This, however, changed when he contracted pneumonia and became disabled at the age of 12.
Sankok became ill on one August evening in 1989 and was rushed to Naivasha Hospital. Upon his arrival, he was diagnosed with pneumonia, and the doctors gave him an injection that changed his life forever.
His right leg was completely paralyzed by the doctor’s injection, and he faced social segregation, seclusion, ridicule, and stigmatization since then (that is during his childhood), particularly from kids who bullied him.
It’s not often that a botched medical procedure turns out to be a blessing in disguise, but for Ole Sankok, his disability was the start of a new, fulfilling life.
He once stated that if he had not been paralyzed, his life could have been much worse.
All along, he had wanted to become a moran and a cattle rustler, but after losing his leg, he had no choice but to focus on his studies.
The incident changed his life from being a Moran to an MP and has given him many more opportunities.