MUTHONI NJOBA: “FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION MAY TAKE SACRIFICE, BUT IT’S WORTH IT!”

In the pursuit of her dream, Muthoni Njoba quit her cooperate job to follow her passion – to be makeup artiste. That didn’t go well with her family and friends and in spite of years of little signs of success – through sacrifice, hard work, and persistence – Njoba kept her eyes on the goal.

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS FIND SUCCESS IN KENYA’S PROPERTY INDUSTRY

The real estate market in Kenya has been booming in the last decade with new commercial and residential projects springing up across the country’s major urban centres. In the capital Nairobi and its environs, local and international investors are building golf and gated estates, shopping malls, hotels and offices to meet high demand for property. […]

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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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TANZANIANS AND THE ‘R’ PROBLEM

I went to Kenya to study for a bachelor’s degree six years ago, and, at first, I was surprised at the way everyone changed their intonation on learning that I was Tanzanian. “Naomba nikusarimie.” “Umerara poa ndugu yangu?” “Naomba nikuombe uniretee kazi yangu.” (May I greet you? Did you sleep well, my brother? Can I […]

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GET MOTIVATED: KENYAN BROTHERS TURN SH 5,000 TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS

When three brothers ventured into technology business, their friends and relatives laughed off the idea. But, they also shrugged off the negative voices, convinced it was time to test the waters of the technology world. They were coming together after taking different careers abroad and the gut-feel attitude that their life was hinged on self-employment. […]

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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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ROMANCE TANZANIA STYLE

I have lived in Dar es Salaam for the past two and a half years, and I still find the people too friendly by half. A total stranger will stop you on the street and ask about everything from how you are to how your beloved is. “Za saa hizi? Hujambo? Ulikotoka? Mchumba hajambo?” The […]

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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 SAM WANJOHI: “RETURNING BACK TO KENYA WAS MY BEST MOVE”

When signs of the economic downturn began showing in Europe, civil engineer Sam Wanjohi decided to return to Kenya in 2007. He then founded Foresight Interiors, which provides fitted kitchens and other home interior products and solutions. Wanjohi has since diversified his interests to include an online concierge service, called Dash2do. What inspired you to […]

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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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US FAST FOOD CHAIN – SUBWAY SET TO OPEN FIRST OUTLET IN KENYA

US-based restaurant chain Subway is set to open its first Kenyan outlet at The Junction Mall in August to tap into growing demand for eating joints by an expanding middle class. The company, which has franchised about 39,000 stores worldwide, is seeking additional locations in the central business district, Westlands, Kilimani, Gigiri and Upperhill. Subway […]

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THE UK & EU WILL NOT DEAL WITH ICC SUSPECTS

In an interview with U.K High Commissioner by Citizen TV, he reiterated that, the UK and EU have a policy no contact with ICC suspects and will continue to have that view even if ICC suspects Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto win the presidency. “it is because of the seriousness of the crimes………we believe that […]

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