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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HOW TO DEVELOP KENYA BY ACTIVELY ENGAGING THE DIASPORA

While there is no accurate figure on the number of Kenyans living in the diaspora, it is estimated that this could be close to three million. This forgotten constituency can play a big role in Kenya’s development if the incoming administration extends its hand to engage them. However, with no clearly defined diaspora policy in […]

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AFRICA’S BILLIONARES

This year, a record 1,426 billionaires made it to FORBES’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people. African billionaires occupied a little over 1% of the positions on the list. Here are the 20 Africans who made the cut: Aliko Dangote, $16.1 billion Nigerian. Sugar, Cement, Flour Nigerian-born Aliko Dangote retains his position as Africa’s richest man […]

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NINE IDEAS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS

Architect John Kithaka began his journey in business immediately after high school at age 18. A small farming venture in his rural Kenyan hometown with US$70 as capital from pocket money his parents gave him, built his foundation in business. Today, at 40, Kithaka is the CEO and founding member of the Fountain Enterprise Programme […]

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FROM UN JOB TO MEALS ON WHEELS | MEET MAMA MEALS

How did you start Mama Meals on Wheels? I am a public health specialist by profession and my area of focus is maternal health. I used to work with the United Nations and when my children were all grown up, I didn’t feel the need to continue doing the tours of duty. I decided to […]

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3 OF AFRICA’S UNDER 40 MILLIONARES SHARE THEIR SUCCESS SECRETS

Jason Njoku | Age: 31 | Founder/CEO, Iroko Partners Iroko Partners is the world’s largest online distributor of Nigerian films. In an earlier interview with How we made it in Africa, Njoku described the company’s iROKOtv platform as the “Netflix of Africa”. Iroko recently received an US$8 million investment from Tiger Global Management, a New York-based […]

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MEET TIM RIMBUI FOUNDER ENNOVATOR MUSIC

Award winning music producer and engineer Tim Rimbui is the founder and COO of Ennovator Music, a Nairobi-based recording studio and production company, which has worked with leading African artists like Eric Wainaina and international record companies. How we made it in Africa’s Dinfin Mulupi caught up with Rimbui to discuss the opportunities and challenges in the […]

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MEET IMAN: SOMALI’S BEST KNOWN EXPORT WORTH $25 MILLION

 Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, known professionally just as Iman, is often referred to as Somalia’s most famous export.  Born in Mogadishu in 1955, she has gone on to become a world-renowned high-fashion supermodel, and has set up her own cosmetics business and clothing line.  She now boasts a net worth of $25 million. Iman was studying […]

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KENYA’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

 Tourism is one of Kenya’s top exchange earner. This year, the Ministry of Tourism is expecting the sector to make 100 billion shillings ($1.2 billion) in revenue. The ministry has spent the better part of the year marketing Kenya to non traditional markets as it seeks to reduce its reliance on the likes of the […]

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WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR KENYA’S NEXT PRESIDENT

In less than thirty days Kenya will elect its first president under a new constitution and later in June mark 50 years of independence from the British rule. Those bidding to be Kenya’s fourth president will have their plates full once they get into office as they seek to tackle the country’s emerging issues. Even […]

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CNN – WHY AFRICANS WILL BE BASKETBALL STARS OF TOMORROW by MASAI UJIRI

Masai Ujiri is general manager of NBA team the Denver Nuggets. Ujiri is also a camp director for the NBA’sBasketball Without Borders Africa program, as well as starting theGiants of Africa foundation. As an NBA executive, I’m always looking for untapped potential. As a proud native of Nigeria, I believe that Africa is one of the world’s […]

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MEET KENYA’S TOP FIVE MEDIA MOGULS

SK Macharia Owner and Chairman: Royal Media Services Samuel Kamau Macharia, often referred to as SK, owns Royal Media Services, a group that for a long time was associated with mediocre content, but has emerged to become popular with listeners, viewers and advertisers. The group owns the dominant TV station in Kenya – Citizen TV – and […]

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FORBES – THIRTEEN AFRICAN CELEBRITIES TO WATCH IN 2013

Last year Forbes readers were asked to name the most influential icons in contemporary African pop culture. And the response from that exercise was overwhelming, with musicians dominating the list of the “40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa”. Included on the inaugural list were some of the continent’s blockbuster actors, supermodels, athletes, movie producers, TV […]

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MEET VIMAL SHAH – C.E.O BIDCO & 2012 FORBES ENTREPRENEUR OF YEAR

Vimal Shah is the Chief Executive Officer of the BIDCO Group, a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of edible oils, fats and hygienic products. Vimal has transformed BIDCO from a small and an unknown company to East Africa’s most respected manufacturing company. Bidco already has manufacturing operations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The company further […]

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