5 Kenyans Who Made It To Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018 List

Forbes’ Magazine named the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018, and five Kenyans made the list.

The list which was compiled by a panel of expert A-list judges saw more than 650 nominations (all sent via email) cutting across real Estate, financial services, manufacturing, media, tech, green tech, agriculture and fashion. These entrepreneurs represent the innovative and intellectuals of their generation, taking more risks and building phenomenal businesses.

Here are the five Kenyans who made the list for 30 Most Promising Young entrepreneurs In Africa 2018:

Paul Kihiko

Founder, Wing It Nairobi

30 year-old Kihiko is the founder of Wing It Nairobi, Kenya’s first and only wings-only Quick service restaurant. Its first outlet at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Kenya​ is already doing 6-figures annually in revenue. Last year, Wing It raised $75,000 from two investors for a minority stake in Kenya’s edition of Dragons’ Den. Kihiko is set to open other outlets this year.

Anerlisa Muigai

Founder, Nero

Anerlisa Muigai, though born in a billionaire family found her own path. Muigai, 30, is the founder of Nero, a beverage company that manufactures and sells the top selling Executive Still Water brand across Kenya.

June Syowia

Founder, Beiless Group

She’s only 22 and killing it in the entrepreneur world. Syowia runs Beiless Group, a fast-growing experiential and digital marketing agency that has handled marketing campaigns for more than 50 popular Kenyan brands over the last two months. Syowia is a recipient of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Award in Kenya.

Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka

Founder, Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited

In 2013, Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka, 31, founded Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited (R4Kenya), a fast-growing professional HR services firm located in Nairobi, Kenya. She started the firm with $2,000 of her savings, and within the last 4 years, she has grown the company into a $400,000 (annual revenues) business with more than 15 employees. Recours Four Kenya offers professional HR services in consultancy, recruitment, training, psychometric testing and staff outsourcing. The company’s clients include the World Bank group, Kenya National Examination Council, USAID, GlaxoSmithKline and Sportpesa.

Rajiv Mehta

Founder, Tangerine Investments

Rajiv Mehta, 32, is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an outdoor advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles, litterbins and street poles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Tangerine, which was founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. The company recorded revenue of more than $1 million in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tuborg Open Returns – Featuring Diplo and MØ

It’s a music campaign that seeks to bring together incredible talent in the world of music, to deliver a message.

Danish lager brand Tuborg is this year partnering with superstar artists Diplo, MØ and others to bring together culture and diversity – all within one song.

The aim? To encourage people to be ‘Open To More’ – in their own individual styles and ways.

Dip0lo has been here before, having been a major part of last year’s campaign, and this year, collaborates with the rising Danish star on a tune called ‘Stay Open’, with artists from around the world invited to rewrite the verses to tell story of what being ‘Open To More’ means to them.

Diplo says: “To be part of Tuborg Open for the second year is really cool. This year Tuborg came to us with the idea of being “Open to More” and MØ and I were already working on ‘Stay Open,’ this track about how so many times people are closed but it’s important to stay open to new people and experiences…”

Danish vocalist and songwriter MØ is also excited about the collaboration, nothing that by being open to new experiences, you can mix things up0 and see what magic can happen.

The campaign will be supported with on-pack and digital, culminating with a live gig featuring Diplo and MØ as well as some of the local artists, later in the year.

Milan Shah, International Marketing Manager at Tuborg, said, “Tuborg has a long and proud heritage with music, helping introduce new genres and artists to new markets. Through this year’s Tuborg OPEN campaign, we’re once again setting out to encourage people around the world to be Open To More – to be inquisitive, exploring the world around them, trying new experiences and sharing them with others to see where it takes them.”

Nairobi is ready. And absolutely Open To More.

 

 

Obama To Open Basketball Court in Siaya

Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) has partnered with the Sauti Kuu Foundation by establishing a court at the soon to be opened Sauti Kuu Sports, Resources and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County. 

Toronto Raptors President and GOA founder Masai Ujiri said that the Alego facility scheduled to be opened on July 16th by former United States President Barack Obama is part of a series of basketball courts to be built across Africa in an effort to grow the next generation of African leaders.

“Over the past 15 years I have watched countless timid, hopeful kids transform into inspired, mission-driven leaders as a result of simply being exposed to more,” said Mr. Ujiri.

“As we work to create greater opportunity for young adults on the continent, expansion is our natural next step in delivering on our mission. Basketball opened so many doors and built me up on many levels, so I’m excited to pay that forward to the next generation of African giants,” he added.

Sauti Kuu which is run by Dr. Auma Obama is an organization focused on creating structures to help youth become mentally, socially and financially self-reliant. Ujiri plans to infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.

Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.

This partnership has been made possible through the relationship between Sauti Kuu and Gina Din Foundation. 

“Over the years my foundation the Gina Din Foundation has worked closely to use sports to impact communities. We are delighted with this announcement,” said foundation founder Ms. Gina Din-Kariuki.

“The mission of the Gina Din Foundation is to provide social impact on our youth, and over the years we have seen that sport is an excellent vehicle. With this court, I look forward to all the valuable life skills the local young girls and boys will gain through the medium of basketball,” she added.

The Chosen 21 Deejays Battle It Out On Ignition

It was a long and thorough search that left only 21 standing out of over 400 applications.

The chosen 21 went through master class over the weekend for 2 days. The Masterclass  was a workshop ran by facilitators from both the HBR and Ballantines team who took the deejays through a series of training that included Customer service, Music Production, Financial Management and personal branding.

From here on out for a total of 21 days we shall have the deejays mix live on the drive show: #IgnitionHbr daily and from there you will be allowed to vote for the deejay you think held it down and stayed excellently true to their craft.

Meanwhile Dj Steno stepped up first playing on Monday, followed by Scratch Wailer on Tuesday and Dj Timan yesterday.

Here’s the link to Dj Steno’s mix on Monday below, watch out for the rest live on our You Tube Chanel.

Today, we have deejay RK coming through, make sure to tune in.

Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical is back!

Due to popular demand, Tinga Rain Productions, has announced that they are bringing back Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical in September 2018 at the Kenya National Theatre. Kenya’s all singing, all dancing production will run for a spectacular month, before the cast and crew transfer to Broadway, New York, USA in October 2018. 

The producers have signed a two-week run to showcase Kenyan talent at the New Victory Theatre, New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theatre for kids and their families. Tinga Tinga Tales on Broadway will run from 13-21 October 2018.

Designed to entertain the whole family, this production is being sponsored by Safaricom and Dalbit Petroleum on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, with support from Kenya Airways and The Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya.

Kenyan theatre lovers and their families will get a chance to come and sing and dance with the Tinga Tinga crew at the National Theatre, Nairobi from 1 – 30 September.  A total of 41 performances will be run, including special school performances at 10am.  Exclusive shows are also available for corporates to entertain their staff and customers.

Tinga Tinga Tales has enlisted some of Kenya’s top actors, musicians and creatives.  The cast includes national iconEric Wainaina, soul diva Atemi Oyungu, actor Elsaphan Njora, Eddie Kimani,Alvan Gatitu, Ray Kibet, Miriam Macharia, Kendi Nkonge and Karimi Wamae Rimbui.The band includes Benjamin Kabaseke, Victor Kimetto, Marvin Maveke, Ted Mwangi, Tetu Shani and Chris Adwar.

 

‘’We are totally thrilled to be bringing Tinga Tinga Tales the Musical back. This time it’s bigger and better than ever! Taking the show to New York and celebrating Kenya… Kenyan talent, Kenyan culture, Kenyan wildlife and Kenya the country… is simply the cherry on top of the cake. The Tinga Troupe will also introduce Benji the Brave Bongo,icon of Mountt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy to a host of children around the world to help save animals and campaign for conservation’, said producer and writer Claudia Lloyd. Dalbit Petroleum presented a cheque for Shs 8 million on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

Tickets will be available from Ticketsasa.com. School groups and Corporate evenings can be arranged through Tinga Rain Productions.

Drake Reveals Album Cover Art And Release Date

Drake has announced the release date for his new album Scorpion. The ‘God’s Plan’ rapper took to Instagram to share the date and reveal the simple black –and-white cover art featuring a headshot of him and his signature ‘Aubrey Graham’.

Drake has been working on his album Scorpion for his city of Toronto and now he has finally revealed the album’s cover art and release date. The rapper took to Instagram to share the news posting the album cover art which features a simple black-and-white headshot of him and his signature ‘Aubrey Graham’.

“JUNE 29 2018,” he cationed.

So far the album has had two chart-topping singles “God’s Plan” and Nice For What”. Scorpion marks Drake’s first full-length album since 2016’s Views.

 

 

King Kaka And Suzziah Are Back With A New One: Slow Me

Rapper King Kaka aka Mr. 254 is back again with the song bird Suzziah.

Their new track, “Slow me” has laid back instrumentals and hard bars from Kaka who in his great command of spoken word, lets us in on how he’s got to where he’s at and what’s been his motivation.

Suzziah doesn’t disappoint either, she comes in with her smooth soothing but strong vocals that will definitely have you singing along to the hook.

Trying to get us to understand  the motive of their grind, the duo is making one thing clear “don’t try to slow me down,” even though they’re just ‘men’ they’re simply trying to build their muscles and hustle.

Listen to the new track below:

 

The last time they linked up they gave us a fire track called “Angels” where they kept it real hunnit, especially Kaka who did not mince names or words when it came to mentioning guys in the music industry who never believed in his craft, artistes who turned their backs vs those who actually supported and those he hustled with.

Watch it below:

We’ve #AnnouncedHBR Squad To Russia

Homeboyz Radio has announced it’s HBR Fanzone squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Fanzone crew return on Saturday June 16 at 9am after a two-week break. The last time they were on air was the Champions League finald day, May 26.

G Money leads the squad and will be joined by Dj John. Eric Njiru and Zuhum Omar complete the squad for the month-long World Cup edition of HBR Fanzone.

The World Cup edition of Fanzone, hosted by the four top presenters, will cover what is happening in Russia from analysis, team news, results, upcoming fixtures and all stories going back to the previous editions of the World Cup.
Trust Dj John to have ‘Remember teh Time’ now specifically for the global showpiece.

That’s not all. We are introducing a new show dedicated for the World Cup. This will run on Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Keep it HBR to know who will be on the show and what’s in store.
In the meantime, watch this trailer to see #HBRAnnounced

New Music: French Montana Ft Remy Ma

After the release of ‘All The Way Up’, French Montana has tapped Remy Ma for a “New Thang”.

The track is part of Uncle Drew soundtrack which includes previously released singles like ASAP Rocky, Gucci Mane, and 21 Savage’s “Cocky,” as well as G-Eazy, Yo Gotti, and YBN Nahmir’s “1942.”

 The soundtrack which is due June 15 also features songs from GoldLink, “Dipset, Cousin Stizz, Logic, Wiz Khalifa, Khalid, Kyrie Irving, and more.

“New Thang” marks Remy and French’s forth collaboration after “All The Way Up,” “You,” and “They Don’t Love You No More (Remix).” 

 

Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Album Debuts At No.1

Kanye West is one person who is hardly seen smiling but now, the rapper has at least one reason to.

Kanye’s latest album ‘Ye’ has topped the Billboard Hot 200 making it his eighth album to top the charts. The album which was released on June 1 has seen West make chart history, tying Eminem as the only acts with eight consecutive No. 1 debuts.

It seems that every single track on Kanye’s seven-track album has debuted in the top 40 of the Hot 100 chart which is pretty great considering all the controversy that followed when the album was dropped.

 

Coming in second on the chart is Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys while Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy holds at No. 5.

BILLBOARD 200 TOP 10

  1. Kanye West – Ye– 208,000
    2. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys– 99,000
    3. Ghost – Prequelle – 66,000
    4. Luke Combs – This One’s for You – 55,000
    5. Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy – 49,000
    6. Juice WRLD – Goodbye & Good Riddance – 42,000
    7. Various – The Greatest Showman – 42,000
    8. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes – 39,000
    9. Lil Baby – Harder Than Ever – 37,000
    10. Jason Aldean – Rearview Town – 34,000