The Star newspaper in Kenya featured this fascinating interview with Njeri Rionge on Monday July 28, 2014.
High school milk vendor realises entrepreneurial dream
From a young lady selling flavoured milk to high school students, Njeri Rionge rose to build a multi-billion business empire. With about 26 years in top business management, she growing stronger and stronger. Her entrepreneurial mind helped her co-found multi-billion Wananchi Group that runs pay TV Zuku and also owns three other IT firms.
Njeri describes herself as an entrepreneur, corporate director and business strategist.
The techpreneur has lived and worked in Nairobi, Toronto(Canada) London (UK), Texas and Dallas(USA), Barcelona (Spain), Rome (Italy) and Athens (Greece).
She shares her perspectives on entrepreneurship at a time when a report by the World Bank indicate that four in every 10 Kenyans are grappling with poverty.
At the time of this interview, she was in Toronto(Canada) marketing one of her business.
She spoke to CONSTANT MUNDA through a platform she helped build as a business.
- Njeri Rionge is one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and one of the very few women pioneers in the ICT sector on the African continent.She co-founded internet service provider Wananchi Online that has since been transformed into Wananchi Group Holdings – one of east Africa’s leading providers of pay-tv, broadband internet and VoIP services. Last year the company raised US$57.5 million in growth capital from a group of international investors.
- The Star is now the third largest newspaper in Kenya and is still growing rapidly. It was launched in July 2007 as the Nairobi Star, a 32 page tabloid style newspaper concentrating on human interest stories in Nairobi and Kenya.