MEET JENNIFER RIRIA, CEO, KENYA WOMEN HOLDING

Dr Jennifer Riria is the CEO of Kenya Women Holding Group (KWH) a microfinance, banking and insurance group that works with 900,000 women, mostly in rural Kenya. She is the Kenyan country winner of the 2014 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award. Dr Jennifer Riria, CEO, Kenya Women Holding  1. What was your first […]

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#KENYA: TOP BANK OWNERS EARN BILLIONS IN DIVIDENDS

Top shareholders of commercial banks are set to earn billions of shillings in dividends following yet another year of double-digit profit growth for the industry. The Treasury, private equity group Helios and parent companies of multinational banks also stand to earn significant amounts of dividends going by payouts announced so far for the year ended […]

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5 INVESTMENT MISTAKES EVEN SMART PEOPLE MAKE

 A lot of smart people ask themselves that question, especially as they struggle to keep up with the bills and worry about an inadequately funded retirement. In my work consulting with entrepreneurs, I commonly find that they spend so much time juggling the competing demands of their business that they take little time to analyze […]

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25 FAST GROWING #AFRICAN COMPANIES TO WATCH IN 2014

Check out this great list of high potential ventures across Africa you should follow: these fast growing companies are gaining traction and looking to make big progress in 2014. VENTURES AFRICA – The listed companies are in sectors as diverse as technology, mobile, food, sustainability, gaming, accounting, advertising, fashion, cosmetics, and more. The countries include […]

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MEET JOANNE MWANGI: HOW SHE STEPPED OFF THE CORPORATE LADDER TO VENTURE ON HER OWN

Joanne Mwangi is one of Kenya’s most respected entrepreneurs, and has won numerous awards for her efforts in building and transforming a small marketing agency into a leading regional group. Mwangi’s firm, Professional Marketing Services (PMS), offers a wide range of services including advertising, public relations, event management, trade and consumer promotions, trade merchandising and […]

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THE RWANDESE ENTREPRENEUR WHO QUIT HIS JOB TO SET UP ‘STARBUCKS OF AFRICA’

For years, Jean-Philippe Kayobotsi’s work meant business trips, investment plans and high-level meetings with powerful politicians and top corporate executives. Having worked at Deloitte, the African Development Bank and even as an adviser to the president of Rwanda, Kayobotsi’s illustrious career had taken him to Europe, Latin America and Africa. And then his hibernating entrepreneurial […]

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MEET #NIGERIAN ENTREPRENEUR ZAINAB ASHADU: FOUNDER ZASHADU BAGS

Nigerian entrepreneur Zainab Ashadu has had an eye for fashion since she was a child. Growing up, she “fell in love with a beautiful Art Deco-style clutch bag” that belonged to her1other. Ashadu told How we made it in Africa that when she started working and making her own money she would visit vintage markets in London […]

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40 OF AFRICA’S WOMEN OF POWER

1. Honorable Omobola Johnson (Nigeria)  Honorable Omobola Johnson takes ‘person of the year’ because by the end of the year, she took action and used her very influential position to create programs and policies that will ensure that Nigerian girls become active participants in the ICT sector by launching the ‘SmartWomen Initiative’ and the ’1000 Girls in […]

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#GETMOTIVATED | #SUCCESS: WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO ACHIEVE IT

So what does it really take to reach success? There are a lot of myths, the “he says”, “she says” out there but does anybody really have the answer? Success is subjective and has a different definition for each individual. So let’s take a look through the ages at what is considered as “success”, and what […]

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TIPS FOR BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR

Starting a business is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. In mid air, the entrepreneur begins building a parachute and hopes it opens before hitting the ground – Rich Dad Again, we have come to that time of the year when people make big resolutions for the ‘next year’, ignoring the fact […]

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#Kenyan artist, Wangechi Mutu, basks in New York glory

Kenya-born artist, Wangechi Mutu, is earning accolades from critics for her work now on display at one of New York City’s most prominent museums. A New York Times review of the exhibition describes it as “visually ravishing.” Since Ms Mutu began exhibiting in the late 1990s, “the work has grown more complex, detailed and beautiful by […]

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THE RISING #AFRICAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

  Mama Ngina Kenyatta   Some have worked hard for their wealth while others have enjoyed the trappings and proximity to power to catapult them to their present status. African women have gone beyond making handicrafts to become successful business managers with vast empires translating to high financial returns of over $50 million and creating […]

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MEET INDUSTRIALIST, MANU CHANDARIA

Meet the Boss: Manu Chandaria, industrialist (Kenya) Manu Chandaria is the chairman of Comcraft Group. The family business produces steel, plastics and aluminium products and has operations in 50 countries across the globe. In 2011, Forbes magazine valued the 98-year-old industrial conglomerate to be worth about US$2.5bn. Chandaria has been heavily involved in philanthropic work […]

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THE STORY OF UGANDAN TYCOON ASHISH J. THAKAR; AN UNDER 40 MILLIONAIRE

 I may not have had a conventional childhood but I believe that is why I am who I am today. I’ve always been passionate and driven, and I’ve always dreamed big dreams, but at the age of 13, living in Rwanda in the middle of a genocide, I never imagined I would one day be […]

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CNN INSIDE AFRICA: YOGA TRANSFORMS LIVES IN KENYA

Take a look at how yoga in Kenya is making a difference, first in the lives of the instructors, who have overcome various challenges, faced different hardships to now be instructors in yoga, an exercise that they believe has created a positive change in their lives. This has been made possible through the Africa Yoga […]

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