Lawyer Antony Odeck was born in Nairobi in 1993.
However, unlike other children, he was diagnosed with Haemophilia two weeks after birth.
Haemophilia is a disorder in which blood doesn’t clot normally.
According to Wikipedia, the condition occurs when blood can’t clot properly, excessive bleeding (external and internal) occurs after any injury or damage.
Symptoms include many large or deep bruises, joint pain and swelling, unexplained bleeding and blood in urine or stool.
Treatment includes injections of a clotting factor or plasma.
For Antony Odeck, he has had to live with the condition, and he said it has been challenging.
Latter in life, Odeck said that he decided to be an Advocate for people with bleeding disorders to ensure their quality of life is much better than what he experienced at a young age.
He has been working hard to create awareness, resource mobilization, capacity building of medical practitioners and lobbying the government for inclusion and support by providing people with Haemophilia with drugs and funding.
He said currently, there are no funds for people with Haemophilia.
Odeck told Hot News he went to St Georges school for his Primary education, later St Nicholas school and Kitusuru Boys for his secondary education.
He transferred to Pumwani Boys and ended up at Nairobi Pentecostal church Senior School.
He joined the University of Nairobi School of Law and graduated in 2016.
Odeck said that he joined the Kenya School of Law, passed his Bar exams and was admitted to the Bar on February 14th, 2019.
The young lawyer told Hot News he joined the Board and Executive Committee of the Kenya Haemophilia Association back in 2017 and automatically became legal counsel by virtue of him being a lawyer.
He said that there are many challenges while implementing the rule of law.
“The judiciary is facing a number of challenges mostly politically instigated and impunity such as bribery and corruption. These curtail the implementation of the rule of law. Other institutions such as the executive have been holding the Judiciary hostage by denying it the necessary funds,” he said.
He called on Legal scholars not to give up and advised those living with Haemopholia not to give up.
“We have more satellite clinics. There was one in Voi in conjunction with Novo Haemophilia Foundation” he said.
He added that there is no procedure regarding joining the Haemophilia community.
“If one is not directly affiliated with the bleeding disorders that is by virtue of one being either a patient parent /caregiver, sponsor, all well-wishers and volunteers are all welcome as we are a global community. We encourage partnership and voluntarism to ensure our cause is achieved, therefore all are welcome in whatever capacity one deems fit,” he said.
Odeck said he believes in positive energy which yields positive results.
He told Hot News Corporate Law refers to the legal practice of law relating to Corporations, or to the Theory of Corporations.
“My passion to pursue and specialize in Corporate law was invoked back in campus during my undergraduate studies at the University of Nairobi. While in third year, I was interested to see organizations being run effectively, entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver long-term success,” he said.
He said there are several challenges he faces as a young lawyer and they include being young and many people think he has no experience.
“My mentor is Appellate Judge David Musinga. My friends and I are under his mentorship program which is purely Christian based. He is the most noble man I know in this profession. One with a sober school of thought guided by Christian principles that have made him the man he is today,” he said.
Odeck said he is also inspired by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote.
His law firm is Obel & Odeck company advocates situated along Mombasa road, Katani Junction on Repen complex 3rd floor.
He can be reached on email@example.com.