Living abroad for the last couple of months has created a thirst for all things Kenyan. Well, at least that has been my excuse for monitoring the Kenyan corner of YouTube. Well, apart from the usual Churchill and #TheTrend, I have been watching past episodes of K24’s Young Rich. Being human, I love learning from other people’s stories especially homegrown ones especially as I look forward to starting my own ventures in the near future. But more importantly, somebody wise once said :
Experience is the best teacher, as long as its not your own.
As big shot entrepreneurs hit Nairobi this week (and not forgetting our long lost son, US President Barack Obama), I would like to share some of the stories that have inspired me in the recent past.
CEO, Alpha Force Security and Zabamba
Why should watch him: By the age of 7, this Top 40 under 40 alum had a black book of investments and had made Kshs. 10,000. He credits his parents for helping him invest in his talents by making him work for his money from an early age and allowing him to take an entrepreneurship-based degree in college #NoteToParents.
Quotable Quote: Change can’t be carried out by other people
Former TV Journalist and Owner of Wendy Farms
Why you should watch him:
You may remember from the K24 show ” Kazi ni Kazi” as Kenya’s very own Mike Rowe where he showcased the daily grind of ordinary Kenyans. This is honest interview for anyone contemplating taking a dive into agribusiness. He says that his biggest mistake was buying a car…three months after being employed and he still has it a reminder of the naive decisions that he has made.
Quotable Quote: Encourage yourself
Budding self-taught Kenyan beauty and fashion photographer
Why you should watch her
She is another case of working hard during her school holidays that has contributed to her early success
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the other amazing photographers)
Why you should watch him: He not only had a short stint in banking but he also turned down the opportunity to live in the diaspora to build a his life and business in Kenya. Mr. Maranga explains the importance of building relationships to build your business. As he succinctly puts it, ” I must know you, like you and then I can you work with you.”