Top 20 among 25 most promising women in Kenya
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WOTHAPPEN reports that Kenya has and is producing people who are playing a significant role in bringing amazing changes to the country and the world at large. From exceptional athletes, business leaders and America’s first black president, Barrack Obama, to Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, to name a few. But it doesn’t end with these people as there are tens and hundreds of promising young men and women who are also initiating changes in the world. They strive for big changes and are hopeful and optimistic that one day they will reach their dream goals. We have gathered 20 such Kenyan women under the age of 25 who touch our hearts with supreme hard work, undeniable wisdom, motivational stories, unstoppable ambitions and their beauty from the inside out. So keep your eyes peeled for these promising women in the near future.
It should be noted that the list is largely based on the work of these women in music, art, technology, student leadership, entrepreneurship and other fields.
Tima Keilah from Mombasa County is the decision of Miss Tourism Mombasa. She currently works with the Department of Youth, Gender and Sport (YGS) and the Heclife A&J Organization to give shoes and study gear to children in need across the country. She is on this list for her efforts to launch an aggressive peace campaign, educate youth about their rights, responsibilities and regulations under the new constitution, continue the environmental protection project that began with a beach cleanup, and strengthen Girls and youth embraces youth through their talent and entrepreneurship initiative and ultimately to combat the drug threat afflicting youth.
Esther makes the list as an absolute entrepreneur, achiever and source of motivation for many people. The 22-year-old woman just graduated from Strathmore University with a major in Marketing and Business Administration. She was also a Business Associate Intern at Google Kenya and will soon join Google Ireland as an Account Strategist. Esther was also named as one of the top 40 under 40 women in Kenya by Business Daily Africa.
The fashion designer managed to get to know her at just 21, she had managed to showcase her hats at Fashion High Tea and Samantha’s Bridal Fair at that young age. She made a hat for Lupita Nyongo and happily presented it to her at dinner at Villa Rosa Kempinski. Her Drop of a Hat brand collection is growing rapidly in the market. Their goal is to employ disabled people and use beads and other items made by local disabled youth. Her works are unique, young, vibrant and affordable with something for everyone including bridal jewelry and silk flowers.
Raised in New York, Wanijira now owns Kenya’s popular radio station, Capital FM presenter. She is now one of the fastest growing radio show hosts in the country and has recently landed an appearance on Ebony TV hosting the show “Moments” with Amina Abdi. Her main focus is uniqueness, which brings about different but amazing changes and most importantly, motivates her fellow youth.
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Miss Karun is an incredibly ambitious Kenyan woman. She is still forgotten even after her former band Camp Mulla, an alternative hip hop group in Nairobi, Kenya, fell apart and broke the hearts of many Kenyans who loved the band’s music. Their role in the group earned the band a BET Award nomination. One of Kenya’s most influential fashion icons, Miss Karun’s album launch at Muthaiga Golf Club was recognized by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Until now she is working on new music and studying abroad as well.
Not long ago, Lornex released some cool and inspirational talk at TEDx Harvard. The inspirational and promising woman is currently a junior at Boston Public Schools, having recently relocated to the US from Kenya to seek relief from the effects of the political and ethnic conflicts that took place in 2007/2008. Within a year, Lornex went from an English learner to an AP student. She is an athlete from Boston, an all-star member of the track team, and a member of student government.
Susan Eve Oguya
Susan Eve Oguya is a designer at Dalberg Design Impact Group. She is also co-founder of a Kenyan technology company focused on smallholder African farmers called MFarm LTD (K). She works hard to empower farmers in the use of technology and drive growth in East Africa’s IT sector. Previously she was COO and CTO of MFarm and interaction designer in Italy, trainer at Akirachix, research associate at iHub Nairobi and mobile application developer at Safaricom Academy. She has also been named one of East Africa Tech’s Top 20 Young Innovators, Forbes 20 Young Empowered Women in Africa, a GSBI Fellow and a GxG Fellow.
Idah Nguma won Miss World Kenya at the age of 22. She has been involved in several national events, including the crowning of President Uhuru as Africa’s Best President by the prestigious Africa Education and Leadership Awards Institute. She couldn’t miss the star-studded event “Evening With Lupita” at Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi. She is named on this list of 25 under 25 promising women in Kenya because she is a dignified, motivating and aggressively up-and-coming woman.
Trina is the formal first-ever Face Of Kenya USA2015, a beauty pageant held on April 4th in Los Angeles after defeating ten other contestants who made it through rigorous screenings that drew 300 contestants from the entire beauty pageant. The beauty queen has a charity program, Angels Forgotten, which supports children who are orphaned because their parents are dying of AIDS. The location of the initiative is Elburgon, Nakuru County. She is an inspiration to all Kenyan youth who believe that anything is possible in the beauty pageant, which was indeed an uphill battle. She draws inspiration from Barrack Obama’s victory and Lupita Nyong’s Oscar breakthrough. In an interview, she shared that she couldn’t do much because of her age:
“I’m only 19 and then back I didn’t think I was able to do a lot and wanted to make a difference but I didn’t know where to start. THEN I HEARD ABOUT THE FACE OF KENYA USA AND IT WAS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO START MY JOURNEY AND TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THE CHARITY I HAD KNOWN AS THE “ANGEL FORGOTTEN”.
This isn’t the first time she’s won a major pageant. She had been crowned Miss Teen for the People’s Choice Award and Most Photogenic, as well as runner-up in a high school pageant.
Mina is a Masters student at the University of Nottingham. She is the founder of Nairobi-based communications and PR agency Nami Africa and an experienced PR strategist. Although not around, she has a healthy group managing Nami Africa. She had also played an active role in the overhaul of the National Youth Service (NYS) and is currently working closely with NCYE (Nairobi City Young Entrepreneurs U30) for their PR and event support.
Tabitha is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s finest disc riders. She managed to make a violent intervention in the male-dominated field, making it a household name in three years. The humble and insightful woman won a Groove Award in the G10 nominees categories. She is one of the fastest growing DJs in Kenya and has made multiple TV appearances including Kiss TV, K24, Citizen TV and more.
Dorothy Nyamai is a 23-year-old biochemistry student in Nairobi. She is an avid environmentalist who is passionate about finding a lasting cure for various diseases afflicting Kenyans. She is studying the bark of Prunus Africana, a tree said to contain compounds that help ward off prostate cancer, among other things for her master’s thesis.
Kui Purity Muchai
Purity Wangari Muchia has recently completed her studies at the University of Nairobi (UON) and is expected to graduate in December. She majored in Marketing and minored in Human Resource. Her greatest achievement to date has been to chair social issues. She was a Chair of WOSWA (Women Student Welfare Association) and a Congresswoman in SONU, where she mentored more than 500 student members. She works as a marketing intern at Microsoft East and South Africa and on an app called Cancervive designed to help cancer patients reduce their financial woes. She is also a Nakuru Youth Senator and takes inspiration from her mother and siblings.
The Moipei Quartet
Moipei sisters have become one of the most successful Kenyan music groups. They have sung the national anthem at national events, earning tremendous support and accolades in the process. Their greatest feat to date was in the United States, where they sang the national anthem at the start of an NBA game. Placement of Kenya on the world map. The girls never shy away from speaking up for social issues through their music, including the plight of girls in the Maasai community and Africa at large, threats to wildlife and the environment, childhood cancer, etc.
Elodie schools in USIU and is also a part-time presenter at USIU FM. The vlogger has managed to build a large following on her social media. She has created incredible and awesome videos mainly dealing with the African stereotypes and issues faced by the local youth. Her videos average 5,000 views and many of them are quite viral. She had previously worked on a music video with Clarence Peters, a leading Nigerian music director.
Tessy Cherono Maritime
Tessy Cherono is co-founder of Arena Africa and the first African Diversity Officer for the Executive Committee at the University of Manchester in England. She serves more than 40,000 students on campus. She has also starred in local and international shows and publications; from AM Live to the Daily Nation.
Phy Ng’etich is the winner of this year’s edition of Maisha Superstars and the runner-up in the Airtel Trace Music Stars competition sponsored by Akon. The 22-year-old highly skilled musician will soon graduate from Sauti Academy in Penya Kenya, home of Sauti Sol and H_art The Band.
Zhikov Femi One
Popular for her guest appearance in the hit song “Ligi Soo Remix” by Kaka Sungura, Shikow Femi One keeps honing her rap skills and is one of the fastest growing Swahili rappers. One of Kenya’s fiercest rappers with coveted rap skills, she continues to put out more and more songs that take our breath away, including “Maumbile” on Ms. Kerry and “Karata” on Rabbit. Recently she was signed by Kaka Empire, a label founded by Rabbit.
Malaika is a 21 year old Kenyan born British fashion model. She has represented Kenya on the global modeling scene. Originally from Mombasa, Malaika now lives in New York. She has also appeared in Vogue, The Guardian, Telegram among other top global news outlets. She has modeled for top brands such as Asos, Burberry, Prada and H&M.
Wangechi is a rapper popular for her strength, her unique music and also for her cunning. She is currently studying at Strathmore University. She was involved in a terrible traffic accident that changed her life for the better. Since then she has managed to realize a whole series of musical projects, most recently her motivational video “Cardiac Arrest”. According to CNN ‘s Inside Africa , which she has starred in, she is one of the artists to see in the near future. She appeared with her peers like Fena, Xtatic and a few others at the Excel Center in East London last June to host the Excel Global Summit hosted by Angelina Jolie.