MEET TOP KENYAN TV PRODUCER ALISON NGIBUINI

Alison Ngibuini got the kick to venture into business after her employer moved offices. After eight years working for some of Kenya’s leading advertising agencies, Ngibuini had acquired immense experience on how brands are created, positioned and sold to customers. She never thought about entrepreneurship until the company she was working for shifted offices from […]

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ADVICE FROM DR EDDAH GACHUKIA, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF THE RIARA GROUP OF SCHOOLS

Dr Eddah Gachukia is the founder and director of the Riara Group of Schools. Gachukia acquired a small kindergarten 40 years ago which has grown to include two primary schools, a girl’s secondary school and a university in Nairobi, Kenya.   In 1974, Dr Eddah Gachukia and her husband Dan took over a small kindergarten […]

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FORMER DIASPORA, VAVA ANGWENYI DEFIES ODDS TO GROW HER OWN COFFEE BUSINESS

For the last four years, and despite many challenges and little support from the people around her, Kenyan Vava Angwenyi has dedicated her time and energy to building her own coffee company, Vava Coffee. For a long time colleagues in the industry did not take her seriously and assumed she would give up the ‘hobby’ […]

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MEET DE SOUZA: HOW SHE TURNED SHS 100,000 TO A BUSINESS WORTH SH 40M

She made her own opportunity and has been able to earn her own living. And she made it! “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them,” says Esmeralda De Souza, a 27 year old Kenyan lady who is the owner and the Managing Director of the thriving Spez […]

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MEET GINA DIN KARIUKI: FOUNDER, C.E.O GINA DIN CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS (GDCC)

Gina Din Kariuki is the founder and the chairperson of Gina Din Corporate Communications (GDCC), which will be turning ‘Sweet 16′ in October this year. The 51-year-old Public Relations guru is popular in the social and corporate circles and her elegance, beauty and dashing style have always captured my attention every time we meet. When […]

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MEET MICHAEL MUTHIGA: THE ANIMATOR MAKING HIS MARK IN KENYAN ADVERTISING

Growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, Michael Muthiga loved watching cartoons and was curious about how his favourite shows were made. Without access to the internet, he had limited information about animation and it was only once he was in high school that his art teacher introduced him to illustration and 3D animations.   “It is […]

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ISABEL DOS SANTOS: HOW AN AFRICAN ‘PRINCESS’ BANKED $3 BILLION IN A DECADE

LAST DECEMBER Isabel dos Santos commemorated her tenth wedding anniversary to Congolese businessman Sindika Dokolo with a party. Subtlety wasn’t on the menu. She jetted in dozens of friends and relatives from as far as Germany and Brazil, who joined with hundreds of local guests in Angola for three days of lavishness, including a bash […]

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MEET KENYA’S PETE MURAYA, C.E.O SURAYA PROPERTY GROUP

Pete Muraya is the CEO of Suraya Property Group. The trained architect ventured into property development in 2003 and has built a successful real estate firm in Kenya. 1. What was your first job? I was hired as a clerk after high school. I earned US$10 a month. My job was to help people register […]

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2 KENYANS IN FORBES’ LIST OF AFRICAN INTERNET MILLIONAIRES TO WATCH

Africa may not yet have an Internet billionaire, but there are a handful of savvy African entrepreneurs who’ve built 7- and 8-figure fortunes by identifying and taking advantage of the opportunities on the continent’s web space. Here’s a basic truth: In the next five to seven years, there’ll be an unprecedented explosion of Internet millionaires. […]

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MEET SEATTLE BASED NAOMI WACHIRA: AN AFRICAN GIRL, AN AMERICAN WOMAN

Naomi Wachira meets me at the Starbucks in the lobby of an office building at Eighth and Virginia. Somewhere above us she works as an administrator for Casey Family Programs, a nonprofit that serves children in foster care. It’s a warm, iced-coffee kind of day, but Wachira has brought a mug of Kenyan tea.  It’s a […]

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BUSINESS AS DONE BY A MAASAI WARRIOR, OLE REIYIA

The Maasai Mara is one of Kenya’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year this wildlife sanctuary attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Numerous hotels, lodges and camps have been set up around the Mara to accommodate tourists. Most often they are owned and managed by foreign investors and big hotel chains, […]

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7 AFRICAN CEOs WHO WERE DROPOUTS

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein  The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get anywhere if you are willing to work. This is a popular quote from Oprah Winfrey. I agree with with […]

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MEET MARTHA CHUMO : DECIDES TO OPEN HACKER SCHOOL AFTER BEING DENIED U.S VISA

Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old self-taught programmer, was supposed to be in New York right now, honing her coding skills and mastering cutting-edge technologies in the company of fellow software enthusiasts. Instead, she’s thousands of miles away, in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya. A few months ago, Chumo was accepted into the summer intake of Hacker School, a […]

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