A Profile of Kenyan Entrepreneurs features well known industry figures such as Dr Manu Chandaria of the Comcraft Group which grew from a small operation in Mombasa manufacturing pots and pans to a global entity with over 200 companies operating in 45 countries on five continents.
Also featured is the late Nelson Muguku Njoroge, often referred to as the “Poultry King” and who was at one time the single largest shareholder in Equity Bank with a nest egg valued at over Sh3 billion.
Another well known entrepreneur featured in the book is Ibrahim Omwenyi Ambwere who rose from a stone cutter, mason and carpenter to become a wealthy farmer, contractor, hotelier, oil magnate, real estate mogul and chain supermarket owner.
The book also samples business owners from emerging industries such as ICT and entertainment. These are Esther Muchemi, owner of Samchi Telecom which is Safaricom’s biggest dealership with over thirty-eight branches all over Kenya and Jonathan Somen of Access Kenya.
Myke Rabar founder of HomeBoyz Entertainment Limited has demonstrated that there is serious money to be made in the entertainment industry. Other than a DJ Academy and a radio station popular with the youth, HomeBoyz have made their mark on the international entertainment scene with the production of the 52-episode Tinga Tinga Tales, an animated series for children. This project was undertaken in partnership with Tiger Aspect, one of the UK’s most successful independent television production houses.
Other entrepreneurs featured in the book are Sunil Shah, United Millers, Kisumu, Dr Benard Onkundi Otundo and Dr Njoroge Keige, business partners in Omaera Pharmaceuticals Limited which is the third largest distributor for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the market leader in the pharmaceutical industry in Kenya.
Mogambi Mogaka, a leading retailer in Kisii and owner of Uhuru Superstores, Ouru Discount Centre and OuruPower Limited, Mary Okelo (Makini Group of Schools), Fred Rabongo (Impulse Promotions), Evelyn Mungai-Eldon who started out in fashion design (Evelyn College of Design) and diversified into real estate (Speedway Investments), and Dr S.K. Macharia, founder and chairman of Royal Media Services complete the list.
This is the first Kenyan book of its kind. Evans Majeni and I looked for stories that illustrate the triumph of hope over means and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
A Profile of Kenyan Entrepreneurs was inspired by the need to unearth home grown role models and motivate more young Kenyans to consider taking the path of entrepreneurship. Many young people think of business as a last resort after failing to secure white collar jobs. We hope this book will begin to change that thinking.
In addition, in most universities and colleges in Kenya business students learn about entrepreneurship and management using case studies of foreigners such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Richard Branson to name a few.
Although educative particularly from a global business perspective, there are certain conditions unique to doing business in Africa and therefore a need to generate local case studies illustrating the strategies home grown businesses have used to succeed in Kenya.
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