My Brief Bio
We have no limits. We only limit ourselves.
I was born on 8th March 1984 in Mombasa, the first born of four children and I grew up in Mombasa and Meru. I attended St. Martins Boarding Primary School, Abothogochi Academy, Nkubu High School and earned a Diploma in Business Management from Tsavo Park Institute.
For as long as I can remember, I have always liked doing business. When I was 10 years old, I regularly acted as a cashier in my father’s wholesale shop. In school I was equally entrepreneurial, selling sweets, cakes and salt to schoolmates.
Upon completing college, I worked as a cashier in a hotel in Malindi and it is then that my entrepreneurial journey truly began: Since I worked in the night shift, I used to spend the day buying and distributing eggs around Malindi town. A few years later, I moved to Nairobi where I distributed milk to hotels in the city.
My breakthrough came from an unlikely meeting with a client who did not want me to supply him the usual foodstuff or milk but a tent for an outdoor event. I did it successfully and the experience was a revelation. So with all my savings I ventured into tent manufacturing.
Several years later and through a lot of effort, my company, Shade Systems (EA) Ltd has clients all over the African continent and is one of the leading suppliers of all kinds of tents, gazebos, shades and bouncing castles.
Apart from Shade Systems (EA) Ltd, I am also the proprietor of Alma Tents – a tent hiring company, Bag Base Kenya Ltd – manufacturer of bags through cutaway canvas that come from the tent manufacturing process and Safi Sana Home Services – a professional cleaning services company.
My efforts have led me to receiving lots of recognition from all over the world. I have twice appeared in Business Daily’s ‘40 leading men under 40’, the Forbes’ ’30 most promising entrepreneurs from Africa’ and lots of other publications. I was appointed the Youth Patron by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and I have received presidential recognition as an outstanding youthful businessman.
"One of my biggest goals is to help as many entrepreneurs as possible to succeed. From the challenges I faced, I recognises the importance of mentorship and how important it is to inspire and guide young people venturing into business."