Opiyo Oloya grew up in northern Uganda. After the fall of tyrant Idi Amin in 1979, Oloya hoped that the rule of terror, torture and murder would be replaced by democracy. But the election of 1980 brought a repressive regime into power and Oloya, then a university activist, had to flee for his life.
In 1981, Oloya left Uganda for Kenya where he applied for refugee status to Canada. Two years after his arrival, he graduated from Queen's University with a degree in political science and became a teacher. He also hosts "Karibuni," an African music show on CIUT Radio, allowing him to share his heritage with Toronto's diverse African community, as well as the wider Canadian audience.
Oloya stays in touch with his homeland by writing a column for The New Vision, Uganda's leading newspaper. In this he remains involved with events in Uganda by offering an outside, but still rooted, perspective. He can say, "Wait a minute, is that the way the world should be, or should we look at it from another angle?"