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Tycoon Chris Kirubi wants to be a mentor to young Kenyans

Kenyan businessman Chris Kirubi wants to be a mentor to the country’s young people.

Chris Kirubi

Chris Kirubi

According to Forbes, 70-year-old Kirubi first started in business by buying decayed properties in Nairobi, renovating the buildings, and then re-selling them for a profit. He currently owns various residential and commercial buildings in Nairobi. Kirubi controls, or has a stake in, a number of East African companies, including: consumer goods firm Haco Tiger Brands, investment company Centum, UAP insurance, and the DHL franchise in Kenya. In addition, Kirubi also owns popular Kenyan radio station Capital FM.

Earlier this month, Kirubi posted the following messages on micro-blogging service Twitter:

I am on a mission. I believe my following needs to grow..I need to be able to work with many Kenyans in order to drive this country forward.

Oh my word! Thank you all for your support. It’s about time I created more time to mentor and influence the great minds of this country.

@SimPlumb I want to get more involved in mentoring and working with young great minds. Kenya belongs to us and we need to help each other

Exactly how Kirubi plans to execute his “mentoring” is unclear, but his call to recruit more “followers” on Twitter suggests that he might use social media as a platform.

I am looking for people to recruit many followers…So invite your many friends. I need young people of the same mind who want to go places.

Kirubi has previously stated on Twitter that he had a meeting with some of his Facebook followers who “challenge my thought process”.

Kirubi’s Twitter and Facebook posts normally contain a healthy dose of business insight and advice.

When I travel or plan to travel, am reminded of a quote I once read;don’t focus on how to spend less money,focus on how to make more money.

As soon as one door closes another opens. But the tragedy is that we look at the closed door and disregard the open one…I wonder why?

True leadership is about humility. It’s about knowing when to call it a day and acknowledging there others better suited to take the lead.

To prosper soundly in business, you must satisfy not only your customers, but you must lay yourself out to satisfy also the men who make your product and the men who sell it…So if your not doing too well in business, you should consider the above.

The Harvard Business Review said in a recent article that according to a 2004 study, “young leaders with mentors were more likely to succeed professionally and experience career satisfaction”.

The article noted that a trusting relationship between the mentor and mentee is essential for effective mentoring. “Identify someone with whom you have a genuine chemistry and who is committed to your development.”

It is often also not only the mentee who benefits. “Although many mentees don’t realise it, a sound relationship is a two-way street that benefits both parties – not just the mentee.”


  • Kibui Mwaura

    my name is Charles kibue from Nakuru.I am a graduate with a degree in education.i have not yet gotten a permanent job to do, I just do the small jobs available to earn a living and also raise some money for fees for my kid brother.i have 2 years since I cleared from the university.i need your help financially.i need to start a rabbit business but my capital is small because so far I have raised 56000ksh.the total capital amount I need is 200000ksh.i have made the proposal that shows what the business entails and the profit to be realized.i will appreciate your help sir.my phone number is 0711528801.thank you sir

  • Regina Riungu

    Chris you are an inspiration to many and a role model. I wish I could have you as my mentor! I am writing for Akilah and would love to do an interview with you on entrepreneurship and strategies for succeeding in business that will help young upcoming business people in East Africa. I understand you are quite busy and kindly requesting you to consider sparing me some time to fill a questionnaire I will send once I get your confirmation on the same. With your permission we will publish the interview and i am sure your advice will impact many young people who are afraid of taking the risk.

    Looking forward to hear from you at your convenient time Sir.

  • Charles maina

    If there is someone i envy is mr chris kirubi..you are my mentor..i’v learnt alot from you, ranging from savings and investment to making more money..iam a student of international relations and diplomacy help me to manouver in my career..

  • vieliza sharon

    I look up to you Chris Kirubi. Am pursuing Journalism and would appreciate it if you could help me build a strong foundation in the Media Industry.

  • i need you to be my mentor

  • I would like to be like you
    kindly help

  • I would like to be like you I am Economics student.
    kindly assist

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