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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HOW KIKOROMEO BECAME ONE OF EAST AFRICA’S LEADING FASHION LABELS

Ann McCreath arrived in Kenya 20 years ago for what was supposed to be a three month stint at emergency relief organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. Originally from Scotland, McCreath fell in love with Kenya and worked for the organisation as a country representative for three years before quitting due to her frustrations on the effectiveness […]

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TOP SOUTH AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR GIVES SIX SECRETS TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

  Both Goliath and Jefthas worked for Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP) – an NGO – prior to starting De Fynne, where Goliath assisted in the propagation and setting up of plant producing nurseries in African markets, such as Zambia and Ghana. Today they are experiencing ever entrepreneur’s dream: their business cannot keep up with […]

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TV PERSONALITY, JULIE GICHURU, TALKS ABOUT HER BUSINESS VENTURES

Julie Gichuru is best known for being a TV news anchor and group digital business manager at Kenyan media company Royal Media Services. Beyond the glitz and glamour of TV, Gichuru is also a successful entrepreneur, running an online fashion store called Mimi and production company Arimus Media. She has been recognised as one of […]

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STORY OF ANTHONY MWAURA – COLLEGE DROPOUT RAKING MILLIONS FROM ADVERTISING

Anthony Mwaura is a creative genius. At 25, he is a millionaire after he chose the unbeaten path and established one of the most sought-after advertising firms in the region. Whatever Mr Mwaura touches — be it the in-house music production studio he ran two years back or the corporate branding company he currently manages […]

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KENYAN BORN DESIGNER TAKING AFRICAN COLORS TO AMERICA’S DEEP SOUTH

A Kenyan-born designer is taking African art to America’s Deep South — and finding his way into the pages of U.S. fashion glossies. “You don’t hear about the incredible art coming out of Africa, stories of people digging themselves out of poverty,” says jewelry designer Zia Sachedina. He often runs into fellow Africans at trade […]

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MEET LUCY WAMBUI: FROM DIVORCEE TO HERBAL CLINICS WORTH OVER SHS2.5 MILLION

When she separated from her husband in 1998 Lucy Wambui, a mother of two, was jobless. But that did not stop her from picking up what was left of her life and becoming a millionaire. At 37, Wambui runs five herbal therapy clinics in Nairobi which have a capital base of Sh2.5 millionaire. The headquarters […]

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THE AFRICAN SHIRT COMPANY – SELLING KANGA SHIRTS TO THE WORLD FROM MOMBASA

Kiteghe Village is about 40 kilometres from Mombasa and near Mt Kasigau. It is where The African Shirt Company workshop is located. Using manual sewing machines, two local women produce colourful kanga shirts that have found their way into wardrobes in the UK and Ireland. “We have only just sent our first batch to London […]

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MEET PATRICIA ITHAU, FROM CLERK TO MD L’OREAL EAST AFRICA

1. What was your first job? I was a clerk at a leading law firm in Kenya after finishing high school. I spent more time on my hands and knees stacking, sorting and searching for files. I was earning 1,500 shillings (US$18), and that was a lot of money as far as I was concerned. 2. Who […]

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GHANAIAN MILLIONAIRE WHO QUIT MICROSOFT AND FOUNDED ASHESI UNIVERSITY

After living in the United States for two decades, Patrick Awuah decided to go back to his native Ghana and set up the Ashesi University in the capital, Accra. The name of the liberal arts college means “beginnings” in Twi, the widely spoken language of the West African country. Having just quit a highly lucrative […]

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A UGANDAN’S VIEW OF NAIROBI CITY

Nairobi is like a wild lover: Intriguing but dangerous, rugged at the edges but with an irresistible allure; the bad boy your momma warned you against but who can fill the void in you. That’s the city I’ve lived in for the past two years. There are more people in this city than back home […]

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MEET JOYCE MBAYA: WOMAN WHO ASPIRES TO TRANSFORM LIVES

Joyce Mbaya, Founder/Author, Gibebe Ltd Age: 30 Education:   Bsc Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Central Missouri in the US Career:   Founder, Author, CEO at GIBÉBÉ Ltd; VAS Project Manager at Safaricom; Apprentice Africa; Commerce Bank, Kansas City, US Accolades:   Youngest and Female Speaker / Coach with a book by the age of […]

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MEET SIMON GICHARU – FOUNDER MOUNT KENYA UNIVERSITY

Simon Gicharu, founder and chairman, Mount Kenya University (MKU) 1. What was your first job? My first job was teaching. 2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why? That would be the person who sacked me. If I had not been fired from teaching I would probably still be in my […]

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