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100 Most Influential Young Kenyans are Bold and Beautiful

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The annual list of the 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans curated by leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media, has been released.

Currently in its third edition, the annual ranking by Avance Media has highlighted the works of young Kenyans across the world and has seen notable personalities such as Daniel “Churchill” Ndambuki (2016) and Darshan Chandaria (2018) voted as the Most Influential Young Kenyans in the previous years.

The 2019 list features a record of 56 females and 44 males, according to Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media.

“The list serves as an encouragement to young Kenyans who are accomplished in their industries and continue to build a distinguished brand for themselves and influence over others,” says Mr Akpah. “This list also urges those honoured to continue striving harder so their stories can inspire other young people to also contribute their quota to the development of Kenya and the continent of Africa.”

 Shortlisted candidates are drawn from diverse sectors with these inspiring young change-makers and leaders making great strides as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, public servants, and politicians.

Public voting has been opened via ke.avancemedia.org for the public to decide who among the 100 honourees served as the most influential young person in 2019. The public voting ends on 7th February.

Avance Media is also spearheading related annual rankings for
Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa.

Below is the list of nominees arranged
in their respective categories:


  1. Anerlisa Muigai [CEO, Nero]
  2. Catherine Mahugu [CEO,
  3. Darshan M. Chandaria [Group
    CEO, Chandaria Industries]
  4. Eric Muli [CEO, Odyssey
  5. Gerald Matolo [CEO, Angaza
    Africa Technologies]
  6. Kimani Adam [CEO, Nature
  7. Mary Muthoni [President,
    Women in Business Community Network]
  8. Michelle Ntalami [CEO,
    Marini Naturals]
  9. ShirleneNafula [Managing
    Director, Crystal River Products]
  10. Zameer Verjee [CEO, Studio


  1. Bahati
  2. Brenda
    Wairimu [Actress]
  3. Karun
  4. King
    Kaka [Musician]
  5. Mercy
    Masika [Musician]
  6. Naomi
    Ng’ang’a [Actress]
  7. Pascal
    Tokodi [Actor]
  8. Samidoh
  9. Size
    8 [Musician]
  10. Willy
    Paul [Musician]

Law & Governance

  1. Boniface
    Mwangi [Founder, Ukweli Party]
  2. Catherine
    Waruguru (Hon) [Women’s Rep, National Assembly]
  3. Dennis
    Itumbi [Secretary of Innovation, Digital and Diaspora Communication, Office of
    the President]
  4. Duke
    MaingaEchate [Executive Committee Member, Kisii County]
  5. Gideon
    Keter (Hon) [Youth Rep, National Assembly]
  6. Jessica
    MwenjeMayavi [Partner, MMC Africa Law]
  7. NaisulaLesuuda
    [Member of Parliament, Samburu West constituency]
  8. NdindiNyoro
    [Member of Parliament, Kiharu Constituency]
  9. Sakaja
    Johnson [Senator, Nairobi]
  10. Stephen
    Sang (H.E.) [Governor, Nandi]

Leadership & Civil Society

  1. Angela
    Koech [Group CFO, GT Bank East Africa]
  2. Ashura
    Michael [Speaker, East African Youth Parliament]
  3. Elizabeth
    Njambi [Senior Marketing Manager, Uber]
  4. Elizabeth
    Ntonjira [Head of Global Corporate Communications, AMREF]
  5. Jane
    WaitheraWairimu [Executive Director, Positive Exposure]
  6. Lucy
    WanjikuNjenga [Team Leader, Positive Young Women Voices]
  7. NafulaKisiangani
    [CEO, Ubuntu Development Solution]
  8. Nice
    NailanteiLeng’ete [Human Rights Activist, AMREF]
  9. Olivia
    Muiru [Executive Director, B Lab]
  10. TonnyWatuka
    [Consultant, Ernst & Young]


  1. Adam
    Maina [Social Media Influencer]
  2. Ali
    Mandhry [Chef]
  3. Chipukeezy
  4. Daniel
    Maithya [Social Media Influencer]
  5. DJ
    Joe Mfalme [DJ]
  6. DJ
    Lisney [DJ]
  7. DJ
    Mo [DJ]
  8. Eric
    Omondi [Comedian]
  9. Njugush
  10. Victor
    Mochere [Blogger]


  1. AkisaWandera
    [OAP, KTN]
  2. Amina
    Rabar [OAP, Capital FM]
  3. Betty
    Kyalo [OAP, K24]
  4. HarunMomanyi
  5. John
    Allan Namu [Journalist]
  6. Kamene
    Goro [OAP, Kiss FM]
  7. Mashirima
    Kapombe [OAP, Citizen TV]
  8. Sophia
    Wanuna [OAP, KTN]
  9. Victoria
    Rubadiri [OAP, Citizen TV]
  10. Xtian
    Dela [Journalist]

Personal Development & Academia

  1. Adelle Onyango [Founder, The AdelleOnyango Initiative]
  2. Beatrice Ndungu [Motivational Speaker]
  3. Chris Mureithi [Motivational Speaker]
  4. David Kyalo [CEO, Koncepts& Events Ltd]
  5. Linda Chepkwony [Founder, Abraham Lincoln Youth Initiative]
  6. NgukaOjwang [Executive Director, Brook of Hope Foundation]
  7. Peter Tabichi [Teacher]
  8. Purity Ngina (Dr.) [Lecturer, Strathmore University]
  9. Sam Vidambu [Founder, Global Mentorship Programme]
  10. Yukabeth Kidenda [CEO, Teach for Kenya]

Science & Technology

  1. Alphonce
    Juma [CEO, Oracom Kenya Web Solutions]
  2. Angela
    Muoki (Dr) [Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon ]
  3. Bernard
    Chiira [Chair, ASSEK]
  4. Diana
    Esther Wangari (Dr) [CEO, Checkups Medical Centre]
  5. DorcasOwinoh
    [Director, LakeHub Foundation]
  6. Emmastella
    Gakuo [Co-Founder, Savanna Circuit Tech]
  7. Linda
    Kamau [Director, Akirachix]
  8. LinetKwamboka
    [CEO, DataScience Limited]
  9. StellahWairimuBosire-Otieno
    (Dr) [CEO, Kenya Medical Association]
  10. TowettNgetich
    [CEO, Uthabiti]

Social Enterprise & Philanthropy

  1. Anne
    WawiraNjiru [Founder, Food4Education]
  2. ChebetLesan
    [CEO, BrightGreen Renewable Energy]
  3. Elizabeth
    WanjiruWathuti [CEO, Green Generation Initiative]
  4. Esmael
    Omar [President, Global Youth Coalition to End FGM]
  5. Leroy
    Mwasaru [CEO, Greenpact]
  6. Lily
    Tanui [Founder, Tree Growers Association of Kenya]
  7. Natalie
    RobiTingo [Founder, Msichana Empowerment Kuria]
  8. RaabiaHawa
    [CEO, Walk With Rangers]
  9. Selina
    Nkoile [Founder, NashipaiMaasai Project]
  10. Unelker
    Maoga [Founder, Konservation]


  1. Beatrice
    Chepkoech [Athlete]
  2. BrigidKosgei
  3. Emily
    Muteti [Swimmer]
  4. Emmanuel
    Korir [Athlete]
  5. Faith
    Kipyegon [Athlete]
  6. Margaret
    NyaireraWambui [Athlete]
  7. Michael
    Olunga [Footballer, Kashiwa Reysol]
  8. Sabrina
    Simader [Skii champion]
  9. Victor
    Wanyama [Footballer, Tottenham Hotspur]
  10. William
    AmbakaNdayara [Rugby Player]

The ranking is spearheaded by Avance Media in partnership with Reset Global People, VIPI State, Jagari Designs, Surge Studios, WatsUp TV and Cliq Africa.

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