Women’s Day: Kenyan Queens Doing Amazing In their Respective Fields

We looked back at some of our features highlighting Kenyan women who are doing amazing work in their respective fields.

  1. Dr.Chao Mbogo who is also on the list of Okay Africa’s 100 Women had a feature on KV a while back for her recognition by Zuri Awards. She is the head of Computer Science department at KEMU and has over 20 awards, fellowships and grants- a role model to girls and women aspiring to pursue STEM careers.
  2. Mukuhi Karimi of Blessings Hair and Beauty College transformed her life by starting a beauty school. This is after getting married and being a mother at 17 years . Her story is inspirational.
  3. Suhalia Aboud of the UN Population Fund’s Humanitarian and Context Branch followed her dreams to a successful career giving back to the community. She talks about it all here.
  4. Adelle Onyango is not only passionate about her career but mentoring other women too.  Find out more about her initiative that’s helping the youth attain their goals.
  5. Anita Nderu-.the media personality is a Kenyan icon in many ways She is also in the BBC’s 100 Women for telling her truth about sexual harassment story.
  6. Naomi Mwaura – Founder of Flone initiative; an organization that battles sexual harassment in Kenyan Public Transport. She talks about more on what drives her in this interview.
  7. Miss Vavavum started #OwnYourCulture and one of the fashion personalities you should watch this year after she gave a talk to a university in Tokyo on how her brand is using traditional ornaments to decolonize fashion.
  8. Wanuri Kahiu– The film director’s resilience to share stories that need to be told is a breaking barriers.
  9. Samantha Mugatsia who plays Kena is the movie Rafiki won the Panafrican Film and Television Festival FESPACO’s Best Actress award for her role.
  10. Amina Abdi– Current host of #theTrend, hosts the morning show on Capital FM, is the Coke Studio presenter and also a regularly booked MC. She’s the epitome of a Kenyan woman securing her bags!!
  11. Dela continues to be a force in the Kenyan music scene, she talked to KV a few years back and had this to say.
  12. Karun has managed to rebirth herself after Camp Mulla and is now recording and performing her own music.
  13. Anyiko is Kenya’s most respected and sought-after publicist Anyiko Owoko. She was selected as one of OkayAfrica’s 2018 100 women honnorees – #OKAY100Women. She’s been winning representing East African artistes and various brands.
  14. Vanessa Kingori is the Publishing Director of British Vogue. Prior to that she was the Publisher of British GQ across all platforms. READ: Vanessa Kingori’s Rise to the Top of Her Industry .
  15. Muthoni Drummer Queen has been featured severally on KV both as a musician and entrepreneur as the founder of Good Times Africa that’s responsible for Blankets and Wine and African Nouveau Festival. She was just selected as a TED Fellow last month.
  16. Judy Kibinge, critically acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker and recently inducted Oscar Academy member, wants to use her new membership at the influential film award institution to bolster filmmaking in East Africa. Here’s how!
  17. Sabrina Wanjiku is Kenya’s first alpine skier from Kenya. Speed skier Sabrina Wanjiku aims for professional career.
  18. Scarlet Mary Were is the current Miss Universe Africa. She was one of the Top 6 finalist when she contested. She has clothes and lipstic line and a foundation too. Kenyan Contestant Reaches Final Six in Miss Universe.
  19. Sharon Mundia has her own morning lifestyle show that addresses both light and heavy issues affecting both women and men. Over the years she’s candidly shared details of her life to help other young women dealing with similar issues.
  20. Patricia Kihoro has always been known as a singer, songwriter, actress, radio and reality television personality- that’s not- she’s also a vlogger and influencer and the founder of Speaker Box. In her YouTube channel she shares more about her life and has over 20k subscribers and is almost getting 1M total views.
  21. Wangechi Mutu is a prominent international contemporary visual artist known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film and performance work. Born in Kenya, she has lived and established her career in New York for over twenty years. READ: Nairobi-native and progressive visual artist Wangechi Mutu Selected as the Featured Artist at Art For Life Benefit Event in Bridgehampton.
  22. Ng’endo Mukii we wrote about the animator and filmmaker’s project dubbed Yellow Fever was epic” The film was submitted as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art and is a progressive blend of spoken word, pixilation, live-action and hand drawn animations that investigate the consequences of Eurocentric beauty ideals, particularly in the context of African women.
  23. Mercy Masika: The gospel artist has hits that have made her appeal to both a secular and gospel audience; even performing at Koroga Festival. READ: Mercy Masika Speaks about her Musical Journey.
  24. DJ Mellow: is a female Kenyan DJ doing her thing. Here she tells the Daily Nation what it’s like being a woman in the DJ Scene in Kenya.
  25. Nyasuba Lando founded Nurtured Knots, the online natural hair community behind Hairitage Chronicles events in 2015. Take a look at one of the past events highlights.
  26. Yvonne Bulimo was a Kenyan media personality, remember the show Tujuane? Yeah, that’s her. Well, she’s now the owner of her very own stylish athleisure line called Zoezi. READ: From Media Girl to Designer..
  27. Akothee or Madam Boss as we have now fondly come to know her has no chills for anyone and this is actualy a good thing. She’s focusing on her music, empire and family while the haters keep hating. Read: Akothee Addresses a Social Ill in Her Music.
  28. Valentine Nekesa won the BLAZE BYOB Show in 2017. The entrepreneur, designer and motivational speaker founded Nekesa Queens in 2014 at just 17 years of age.
  29. Diana Opoti has been described as a nexus for pan-African fashion industry initiatives and one of the continent’s most ambitious industry leaders. (BoF) She now runs her store Designing Africa Collective which is a multi brand concept store featuring emerging & premium African and independent designers. In 2017 and 2018 she was listed as one of the most influential global figures in fashion by Business Of Fashion. Read more about how huge that is here.
  30. Joanna Kinuthia is a vlogger and founder of Joanna K Cosmetics. We sat down with Joanna for an in depth talk about her cosmetic line and vlogging in Kenya. Read the interview here.
  31. Sarah Hassan the actor and producer shared a romantic comedy film she not starred in but produced. New Kenyan Film ‘Plan B’ Premieres On Valentine’s Day – Watch Trailer

Keep it KenyanVibe all month for positive and inspiring KE Women stories.

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