Making moves in Business Development, Fuzu's Luizer Makena.

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An old dog can definitely learn new tricks too, always be ready for anything. 

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First, she takes your breath away. But it’s not until you get to know her and engage in a conversation that you’ll be impressed with her exceptional intelligence. Luizer Makena who is a Business Development Manager at Fuzu leaves nothing to chance when it comes to business, blazing her own trail instead of following the lead of others. She does it with her heart and conviction hence remaining true to her passion.  

Luizer shared with us why she believes nothing can be achieved without passion, grit and determination. 

How best would you describe what you do at Fuzu?

I tend to think of my role as the engine of the organization, a crucial component like the heart which of course is the driver of the business. My main job is to drive and improve Fuzus’ market position and achieve optimal financial growth.

Is this your dream career? 

Hahaha, my younger self would laugh at this question. Growing up my dreams kept changing. I once wanted to be a lawyer, actress, singer, engineer and to some extent, a flight attendant but my height sadly disappointed me. So your guess is as good as mine, I stopped dreaming and started living. 

What attracted you to Business Development and how has your career journey been so far?

Rocky at the beginning and fulfilling in the present. I also cannot recall any particular instance where I had a light bulb moment and fell in love with Business Development, however, have always had a knack for the pursuance of excellence, regardless, just ask my siblings, they will back me up. But they might bring up embarrassing evidence so please don’t.

So far, my role has made me realise that I am an ambivert. Given my role and the day to day duties, this is a plus if not a bonus to making my days lively and worth looking forward too. 

Throughout your 6 year Business Development career, what’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge is payment collections!

The best thing is always to clear the air without damaging the relationship; it is always easy attacking an irate client when their guard is down. It could be after hours where they are unwinding at a private members’ club or during the weekend when you just happen to be ‘playing golf’ even if you have no idea what a ‘birdie’ is and you are busy looking for a bird while others are clapping and walking away gracefully.  Making the client feel important always works. In the end, it is a win-win with a little bit of your identity in crisis. 

Is there anything you wish to have done differently in your career?

This sounds like a trick question, Jussi (My CEO) will read this you know. 

I think the only thing would be, letting go of a dead horse (lead or prospect) quickly and hopping onto the next. Seriously, my tracker can tell tales. But I learnt my lesson and now the horizon looks brighter than Rihanna’s Diamonds.

What have you learnt at Fuzu that you will always carry with you?

An old dog can definitely learn new tricks too, always be ready for anything. ‘Startup syndrome.’

What’s that one book that you always recommend and why?

Jack Canfields’- The Success Principles, because it made me believe in the power of the subconscious mind.

In 2017 the Weinstein scandal sparked a global conversation about sexual harassment which led to many women sharing their experiences through using the #MeToo hashtag. Do you think much is being done to combat this vice? And how should ladies handle unwanted sexual advances?

Oh boy, I am a firm believer in girl power so this might take a minute, I will try to contain myself.

First of all, #TimesUp (look it up)

Secondly, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT ladies. 

Thirdly, don’t be afraid to speak out, you are helping another sister out. 

Lastly, as women we need to stick up for each other, look out for one another and always uplift, encourage and celebrate each other. 

That is the only way #MeToo and #TimesUp will be #Forgiven


What piece of advice were you given by a mentor that you take to heart today?

I am not sure this cuts as advice but first, a standing ovation goes to my High School Math teacher, Mrs. Ochieng’ for her patience with me but also for her famous greetings every morning, ‘Never Give Up’. Those three words have seen me through the darkest and most distraught days of my life and career. Never giving up makes you stronger, better and wiser.

Another piece of advice is, ‘Always be prepared, have plan A, B, C and D’ maybe it’s the girl scout in me or my OCD but it has worked thus far.

You are a quite outgoing and adventurous, what’s that one place you’ve travelled to that you would like to visit for the second time?

My number one destination will always be Germany. Specifically, Stuttgart. You all know my love for the 3 stars. Mercedes-Benz has its headquarters in Stuttgart and a museum that I was fortunate to visit; I couldn’t believe the detail that goes into the final product that is the car. Seriously it is the best or nothing at all.

Second place is Paris; the movies don’t do it justice at all. Paris is not only beautiful but everything about it makes you warm and fuzzy inside no matter what kind of day you’ve had. The roadside restaurants were my favourite and the wine is insane.

Snapchat or Instagram?

I am an IG girl, pictures give snaps of my life. Just the way I like it (wink).

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    Muge | July 19, 2018 15:11

    Wow! the piece is so reawakening in that it can reignite the spirit of those who had no hope at any single, mukena congs for such ahope building piece. love fuzu platform.

    MORRIS | March 06, 2018 17:57

    Awesome read and congrats on the career growth Lou.!!

    Mercy | February 21, 2018 06:59

    love this girl

    GEORGE | February 20, 2018 05:12

    Thats a great pieces of advice .From today i will begin to go for it. Kudos Makena for such true inspiring story. George

    Japhet | February 12, 2018 06:40

    Our meruan girl. Great and inspiring. Well done

    Andrew | February 06, 2018 16:38

    This is an amazing piece Luizer. I'm in the same field as you are and I have learnt something from your piece. Great work Fuzu. Andrew, Kampala.


    Fuzu | February 07, 2018 06:16

    Hi Andrew, we hope what you've learned will help you do great in your field.

    Paul | February 06, 2018 07:53

    What an encouraging piece! Thanks a lot

    Kiplangat | February 03, 2018 11:14

    Thus the reason I chose to be a member of fuzu forum, thumbs up guys in the fora ,


    Fuzu | February 06, 2018 06:53

    Hi Korir, thank you for your kind words. You are our motivation.

    Wycliffe | February 03, 2018 08:41

    I'm happy to hear those nice word,thank you.

    ANGEL | February 01, 2018 14:48

    i like such inspiration messages ,i will not remain the same when i continue to read them.


    Fuzu | February 02, 2018 07:34

    HI Angel, we are glad that you are inspired. Keep reading and sharing to inspire others too.

    James | January 30, 2018 13:22

    It's amazing story,i have gained alot from you story wish to now more

    Daniel | January 30, 2018 12:14

    Wow! Nice and excellent words.Indeed you have motivated me I will work hard without giving up to fulfill my dreams


    Fuzu | February 02, 2018 07:37

    Hi Daniel, go for your dreams!

    Dalitso | January 30, 2018 11:05

    Thanks for those inspired words

    Emmanuel | January 30, 2018 05:39

    At least when you have the mechanics you start to feel like important,but mostly when you finally have the dynamics,the power you feel too much than alive it all at last makes sense..lets love our world

    OKUNI | January 28, 2018 16:28

    Thanks for those words of inspiration!!

    Gilbert | January 28, 2018 11:39

    I will stop learning when I die....with fuzu I will learn

    Lusoke | January 24, 2018 11:07

    wow...............its a great word of inspiration from agreat warior Makena,i would love to get acareer mentor or yourself to be mia personal mentor .how possible could it be????///// thank you from IVAN

    Anthony | January 23, 2018 17:09

    Oo boy! You have just inspire makena, its excellent well organized brain very inspiring. Don't give up I love that one well done makena

    James | January 23, 2018 15:45

    A Lovely piece on the Super-Duper Go-Getter Miss Makena.. I'll look for the book by Jack Canfields - The Success Principles and see the secrets that lie in it.

    TOM | January 23, 2018 05:21

    Interesting life story, i wonder how mine would have gone, well done Makena, your lesson on the start-up syndrome is alive in most of us only needs a little nudge to get it out, kenyans have this knuck for business at whatever level and if this could be enhanced through mentorship programs i believe wealth creation would be the next big thing for our youth who are running to MLM for for lack of direction


    Luizer | January 23, 2018 15:52

    Hello Tom, Thank you for your kind words. Indeed what your mind conceives you can achieve. All the best to you and in your career goals.

    Samuel | January 22, 2018 12:46

    Wow, that piece is excellent, the choice of words are on point and the whole story has given me goose bumps to wanting you be my career mentor.


    Luizer | January 23, 2018 15:49

    Hi Samuel, Thank you for being an avid Fuzu user. Thank you for your comments and kind words. I am not a qualified career mentor but you can get one directly from Fuzu. Please send us an email to [email protected] and we will be sure to link you to one of our career coaches. All the best, the sky isn't the limit.

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