Ken on 14th Aug

By How we made it in Africa.Pete Muraya, CEO, Suraya Property Group (Kenya)1. What was your first job?I was hired as a clerk after high school. I earned US$10 a month. My job was to help people register for national identity cards (IDs). That was 1979 and it was the first time people were being issued with ID cards in Kenya. I actually enjoyed...

Ken on 07th Aug

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post for $250 million in cash, just days after another storied east coast daily, the Boston Globe, was sold to Red Sox owner John Henry. Bezos’ letter to the paper he now owns is here.And here are seven important things we know now about the sale (more to come, I hope). (1) It’s Jeff Bezos...

Ken on 06th Aug

Controversial blogger and now the Director Digital, New Media & Diaspora in the office of the President, Dennis Itumbi, has expressed interest in the purchase of a local blog. Through a series of tweets addressed to Jackal News owner, Bogonko Bosire, Itumbi said that he is willing to buy or invest in the blog.Itumbi and Bogonko were campus...

Ken on 19th Jul

Kenya rugby sevens star Collins Injera has been named the face of Samsung Galaxy Mega in East Africa. The six month deal comes with an option of further renewal. It was facilitated by Local Sports Management Consulting house, Pacific Sports.. Samsung Electronic East African Chief Operating Officer Robert Ngeru said they settled on 26 year old Mwamba...

Ken on 16th Jul

Brookhouse International School is preparing a rights issue to raise funds for the development of a new campus in Nairobi’s Runda estate at a cost of Sh1 billion. The shareholders — including private equity firm AfricInvest = are set to raise Sh260 million within the next three months. The cash from the rights issue will be added to a Sh600...

Ken on 12th Jul

Artist impression of Hazina Trade Centres Very Soon, Times Tower will cease being the tallest building in Kenya and East Africa. This is because the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), will this morning commission the construction of the tallest building, marking an end to the tender dispute that had stalled ground breaking for more than...

Ken on 11th Jul

For one week, Equity Bank ATM service was down, and so was their elaborate Agent service. This left their 8 million customers no option but to queue in their banking halls; the kind of queues that coil themselves over and over and over, before getting out of the door. This surely left a lot of people frustrated, especially landlords who now had no...

Ken on 09th Jul

This will surely come as welcome news to thousands of Kenyans.Equity bank and PayPal have partnered to allow cash withdrawals in Kenya. This is the first time a Kenyan Bank will directly allow PayPal users withdraw cash from their account.Initially, PayPal only allowed deposits to be made; any withdrawals had to be done through third parties. Kenya...

Ken on 08th Jul

Julie Gichuru is best known for being a TV news anchor and group digital business manager at Kenyan media company Royal Media Services. Beyond the glitz and glamour of TV, Gichuru is also a successful entrepreneur, running an online fashion store called Mimi and production company Arimus Media. She has been recognised as one of Africa’s most...

Ken on 26th Jun

For most people, an opportunity to meet a sitting American president would not even be put on the ‘consideration table’. It would be taken fast, disregarding all other important plans. That would explain why our Chief Justice is travelling all the way to Senegal to meet Obama.Chris Kirubi is however not most people, and yesterday, he released...