"Achievers Watch"

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14th December, 2011 


"Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achievers, Caroline Nderitu (Left), was yesterday awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC), by President Kibaki.  Also, another "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Prof. Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University, was awarded the prestigious First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), Presidential Award.


"Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achievers, Vimal Shah (Left), CEO of Bidco, and James Mwangi (Right), CEO of Equity Bank, were both awarded the prestigious First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear, Presidential Award.

Another "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever who received an award yesterday was Chairman of KEPSA, Patrick Obath (Below).  He was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear Presidential Award.

29th November, 2011

The Good "Fellaz". 

Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, ICT (L), and Joseph Mucheru, Regional Lead Sub-Saharan Africa, Google (R).  Both gentlemen are featured in "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights," Conversations with High Achieving Men in Kenya.                                
The great deeds that both of these Technocrats are doing, are not going unnoticed.  The following is a story in today's Nation, page 26, in the Business Section.

High school students to be given tablet computers

"High school students are to receive tablet computers as part of a programme to increase access to education and bridge the digital divide.
The programme comes two years after the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) promised to provide primary school children in Kenya with free laptops.
OPLC stalled after giving less than 10 schools laptops with experts saying it was overtaken by the rapidly evolving technology and lack of electricity in many of the schools in the country.
'We are moving to tablet computers.  They are cheaper, more agile and mobile,' permanent secretary Information and Communication, Bitange Ndemo, told Daily Nation in an interview.
The project will start within the next six months, once the Ministry of Education approves the gadgets and their content, Dr. Ndemo said.  
The goal is to provide very high school student with a tablet computer at a cost between Sh 6,000 and Sh 8,000 to the government.

Create jobs

'This is much cheaper than the technology we had before.  The machines are also very durable,' Dr. Ndemo said.
Using solar power, the devices run content sourced from free online archives.
Local educationists will also have a chance to develop material.
'Digitising education will create jobs.  We will need people to generate content and to format it for the tablet,' Google's Regional Lead Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Joseph Mucheru, said.
Local firms will be invited to fund the project by buying advertising space on the tablets.
Dr. Ndemo is confident that his project will not run into similar pitfalls.  'Tablet technology has evolved from mobile phone technology, which people find easier to use,' he said."
Thank you, and keep up the great work!

22nd November, 2011

Mr. Continental!

Last month, we highlighted Patrica Sanders, who was named as one of the most powerful celebrities in Africa.  However, we would like to apologize for disregarding the other extraordinary Kenyans who were on that list.  Eric Wainaina, also our "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, came in at number 28 on the list of forty Africans in the upper-echelon of their arts.  He was joined by Kenyan authors Binyavanga Wainaina and Ngugi wa Thiongo, who came in 29th and 30th, accordingly.  This list was opened up by Chinua Achebe at number 1.  

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17th November, 2011

300 Mil. - in Dollars

That's exactly how much Chris Kirubi is worth, according to Forbes list of the 40 richest Africans.  Congratulations to this Kenyan entrepreneur, and "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever.  Along on that list are Nigerian entrepreneur, Aliko Dangote, who broke open the list at #1, and our very own Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta who came in at #26.


"My biggest aspiration is to one day be quoted on the Forbes list as one of the top 100 successful businessmen in Africa or even in the World." An exerpt from Chris Kirubi's story in "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights," Conversations With High Achieving Men in Kenya.

15th November, 2011

  "LARGER than life"

"The late Prof Wangari Maathai has been awarded the UN 2011 Millennium Development Goal Award, posthumously, for her contribution in environmental conservation."

The late Prof. Maathai was awarded a myriad accolades during her life-time.  These are just a few of them.
We would like to thank you Prof. Maathai!

 9th November, 2011

Patrick Mukabi's genius and persistence have landed him on the international platform, where he is recognized as one of the most talented and unique painters in Africa.  This "Life Journey: Scaling Heights" achiever, divulged his unconventional life journey to us, and is featured in our book, which highlights Kenya's male achievers. But, the Standard newspaper has a brilliant article on him today.  Read "Maverick painter who wouldn't give up brush for anything"

8th November, 2011

Recent Mother, Outspoken Radio Presenter, Philanthropist, Activist for Social Change, and "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" Achiever, Caroline Mutoko, has persuaded and challenged the government to assist in the donation of Sanitary Towels to school-going girls.  "It is estimated that vulnerable girls skip classes for 39 days in a year during their menstrual cycle, a situation that puts them at a disadvantaged position with their male counterparts."  Read More

27th October, 2011

Banker, Educationist, Global CEO, Founder and Proprietor of the Makini Group of Schools and "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Mary Okelo talks about what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur on today's article "What does it take to become a successful entrepreneur?" in the Business Daily.  Read More 

21st October, 2011

We would like to congratulate and remember all those who were honored in yesterday's celebrations of Mashujaa Day, including our very own "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Rev. Dr. Njoya, who fought tirelessly for a new Constitution, Multi-Party System, and Gender Equality, all the while, he was leading people to Christ.  But, for the unsung heroes, as long as you make a positive change in someone or something for the betterment of society, always know that you too, are a hero.  Thus, all our achievers, are mashujaa! 

 18th October, 2011

Entrepreneur, Director and CEO of the Scangroup, and "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Bharat Thakrar, has been Nominated for the ‘Africa Entrepreneur of the Year’ award. 
  "Also nominated are, Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa and founder of the Dangote Group, and Leo-Stan Nnamdi, Chairman and CEO, Zinox Technologies, both from Nigeria. The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held this Thursday, 20th October 2011 at the Sandton Sun, Johannesburg, South Africa."  Read more http://www.newsfromafrica.org/newsfromafrica/articles/art_12970.html

17th October, 2011

"Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Chris Kirubi, will today be officially opening the World Youth Parliament Annual Conference at the United Nations, Gigiri.

"Good morning.... I'm on my way to UN Gigiri to officially open the World Youth Parliament annual conference." via Twitter @CKirubi

 14th October, 2011

Forbes Magazine has named Africa's "Oprah," host of the Patricia Show, and "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Patricia Amira, as one of "The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa".  http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehed45mef/patricia-amira-33-kenyan-tv-personality

 13th October, 2011

"Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, former Cabinet Minister, Lawyer, and Member of Parliament, Hon. Martha Karua, encourages more women to join government.  " Meru — Gichugu member of Parliament Martha Karua has urged women to seek elective posts to attain the one third representation in Parliament stipulated by the Constitution." http://allafrica.com/stories/201110120104.html

12th October, 2011

"Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achievers, Titus Naikuni (L) and Martin Oduor-Otieno (R), along with Manu Chandaria, another achiever featured in our upcoming "Life Journeys: Narratives Along the Road," are encouraging the public to get tested for HIV.  This new Celebrity HIV testing "targets top leaders in various corporate organisations, government and political spheres".  Read more of this article,"The famous encourage testing," on page 19 of today's The Standard.

"Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Mugo Kibati, the Director General of the Vision 2030 Secretariat, was in Washington DC this past weekend giving Kenyans in the Diaspora a Blueprint of Kenya's future.  The conference, Kenya Diaspora conference, was the first of its kind, and was organised by the Kenyan Government through the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC.  http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/news/InsidePage.php?id=2000044520&cid=4&

11th October, 2011

In case you haven't heard this anywhere, our very own "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Julie Gichuru, a renowned media personality and Group Digital Business Manager for Royal Media Services, was named as one of the 20 Young Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine.  Along with her on that list were other mighty Kenyan women namely: Ory Okolloh, founder of Ushahidi; Isis Nyong'o, Managing Director of InMobi Africa; Stella Kilonzo, CEO of Capital Markets Authority; and, Olga Kimani-Arara, Google Country Manager. http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/08/18/the-20-youngest-power-women-in-africa/4/

10th October, 2011

Current Standard Bank Africa regional Managing Director for East Africa and Mauritius, and "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Kitili Mbathi, succeeds another "Life Journeys: Scaling Heights" achiever, Michael Joseph, as Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Board.  http://allafrica.com/stories/201110090095.html

Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies, and "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Professor Judi Wakhungu, is interviewed by Future Challenges at the Global Economic Symposium about the Technological advancements, and challenges, in Africa.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9faPZ3U7b_U and http://futurechallenges.org/ges-blog/technology-and-challenges-in-africa-interview-with-judi-wakhungu/

As from September 1st, last month, Global Corporate Executive, former Group Human Resources Director for Coca Cola, Europe, and "Life Journeys: Seeking Destiny" achiever, Carole Wainaina, assumed her new position as Royal Philips Electronics Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Member of the Executive Committee.  http://www.philips.com/sites/philipsglobal/about/company/management/management/carole_wainaina.page