It takes courage to become a serial entrepreneur – Njeri Rionge
This article first appeared in Afrimind.org, written by Sakina Badamasuiy and posted on 19 March, 2013
“If you are courageous and stand your ground on doing the right thing, you can actually achieve it”
The 2013 MIT Africa Business Conference was packed with inspirational speakers, one of which was a soft spoken lady and serial entrepreneur, whose humble demeanour belies a strong character, and a savvy mind that knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
As someone who started her first business at the age 20, Njeri Rionge knows a good deal about being engaged from an early age and making the most of opportunities that are available – no matter how unexciting they may initially appear. Selling yoghurt from the back of her friend’s car was her first venture into the business world but soon after, she was travelling to and from London re-selling luxury merchandise. Today, Njeri Rionge’s numerous ventures have earned her the Forbes title of one of “Africa’s Most Successful Women”.
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- 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.