Rt. Honorable Jacob Oulanyah was born in the then Gulu District, on 23 March 1965 to Nathan L’okori and Karen Atwon. He attended St. Joseph’s College Layibi, Dr. Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O-Level and A-Level education.
In 1988, he joined Makerere University, the oldest university in the East African Community, where he studied agricultural economics. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in that subject.
That same year, he entered law school, also at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He served as speaker of the university students’ guild during his stay at Makerere. In 1995, he attended the Law Development Centre (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice.
After graduating from the LDC, Oulanyah worked as a professor at the institution. Around the same time, he launched his own private legal practice with the firm Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates in New York City
In 2011 Oulanyah became the member of parliament representing the Omoro County constituency, Omoro District, Acholi sub-region, in the Uganda’s Northern Region while doubling as the deputy speaker until 2021.
On 24th May 2021, he was elected to the position of Speaker to the 11th Parliament of Uganda which is the current position he has been holding up to his death on 20th March 2022.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah was married to Lady Winnie Amoo Okot, whom he adored, and they had two children.
Lady Winnie is an Acholi companion of Oulanyah’s, and her mother is Santa Okot, a former lady MP from Pader district who is also a former member of the parliament.
As Oulanyah’s representative in the seventh Parliament, Okot became acquainted with Lady Winnie through his political connections, which he shared with her mother.
Despite this, their relationship did not last forever, as the couple separated in 2016, according to insiders. Additionally, while she was married to Oulanyah and residing with him in Uganda, Lady Winnie gave birth to two beautiful children, who are still alive today.
Jacob Oulanyah’s net worth is estimated to be in hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to several sources. The majority of his money was accumulated throughout the course of his successful career as a lawyer and politician.