These top influencers in Kenya have established their careers in the digital space. They are top professionals you should follow online to be inspired.
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When you go online there are tons of professionals to follow. They have risen over the years as the internet space has grown and more people have gained access to the same at impressively rapid levels. The niche for industry influencers is ever increasing as they specialize in different industries and topics.
The Kenyan digital space has grown immensely over the past decade due to very robust internet penetration. According to Statista, Kenya has the highest internet penetration in Africa at 85%.
There are more than 100 professionals in Kenya who cover different areas of interest. The following are industry titans in different disciplines that you should know and follow.
Terry Anne has cut her niche in the business world as a respectable brand that oozes simplicity and opulence at the same time. She is a former business anchor in Citizen TV.
The former journalist gives advice on how to manage personal finances and how to start a business with little capital. Her rich portfolio also consists of reviewing real estate projects and interviewing influential corporate leaders who talk about business and the workplace.
2. Phil Karanja
Philip is a respected producer and a film director of great repute. He got into the spotlight as an actor in the high school drama “Tahidi High” which airs on Citizen TV.
Currently, Phil together with friends Abel Mutua and Bob Mureithi own a production company called Phil-it productions which has done famous shows for the Maisha Magic East audience. Some famous shows in their portfolios are Sue na Johnny, A Grand Little Lie, Hullabaloo Estate among others.
In the corporate space, Phil Karanja decided to share his journey as a CEO and the challenges he has encountered. Therefore, on his wife’s channel, Kate Actress, they have highlighted different business leaders. Some notable names that Phil has featured are Tosh Gitonga, Chepchikoni, Joel Kobia, Wambui Mukabi among others.
It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to understand business trends and the current state of their industry.
3. Ben Cyco
Cyco is an acclaimed gospel artist and he is known for the Cyco Podcast which covers a range of topics. Guests who feature in the podcast on YouTube and other streaming platforms talk about issues such as mental health, the workplace, relationships, politics, business among others.
In 2020 the Cyco Podcast won the award for the most influential podcast at the Africa Digital Influencer Awards.
4. Alex Chamwada
Alex is a famous former influential journalist who worked at notable media houses such as Nation Media and Standard Group. However, he exited mainstream media to start his communication consultancy firm called Chams Media.
Chams Media Limited is a communication consultancy firm offering TV content production services, public relations, digital marketing, graphic design, videography, photography, editing among other services.
Chams Media has a weekly show on their YouTube Channel called Daring Abroad. The show highlights brilliant Africans who live abroad and are succeeding in their careers and businesses. Alex and his team of exceptional journalists also shine a light on government projects that will make a difference in people’s lives.
When you follow Chams Media you will also discover exquisite tourist destinations in the country that are little known in Kenya. Lastly, they also cover businesses and companies that offer products and services for the international market such as food products and apparel.
5. Chef Ali Mandhry
This one is for the foodies. If you love food, you have come across Chef Ali, a celebrated Chef who is based in the coastal city of Mombasa. He prepares exquisite coastal dishes and exhibits them on his YouTube channel and on Instagram.
Chef Ali not only lets his audience in on the finished meal but also the process from buying the ingredients in the market and the preparation of the same. He has received several awards and has been a brand ambassador for notable brands such as Isuzu.
6. Just Ivy
Ivy Mugo is part of the famous Over 25. A group of four ladies whose channel is dedicated to talking about relationships, lifestyle, and money.
However, Just Ivy has a personal brand and has established herself as an advisor on legal matters. She uses her platform Legally speaking, to educate her audience on important legal matters such as adoption laws in Kenya, the relationship between law and marriage, matrimonial property and so much more.
If you want to learn something interesting about the law, Legally speaking should be your go-to place.
7. Kitt Kiarie
Kitt’s brand on YouTube has grown immensely due to her flexibility to touch on critical topics that arouse human interest. She shares about finances, parenting, relationships, the relationship between parents and their adult children.
The 34-year-old majorly concentrates on family issues by sharing her own experience which makes it all the more authentic and organic. Kitt is a professional infant and toddler sleep coach.
8. Abel Mutua
At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Abel rose to fame due to his viral storytelling episodes on YouTube. Abel started by sharing stories of his life as a boy and as a newbie actor. His content came at a time when people were holed up in homes due to the lockdown and curfew measures. Therefore, he became more influential because people needed a distraction.
The storytelling episodes have grown from just online episodes being shot in Abel’s home to hosting actual sit-down recordings with an audience every month.
He covers topics that range from historic events and trending topics hilariously leaving the audience cracked up as they gain important lessons.
9. Biko Zulu
The legendary writer has been making his name great while managing to keep his face completely hidden from the glare of the cameras. His face has stayed hidden but his writing has amazed audiences across the world.
His website bikozulu.co.ke has hundreds of creatively written articles on topics such as marriage, corporate social responsibility, business and so much more.
Biko is an accomplished author with two books –Thursdays and Drunk- under his name as well as a column in Nation media’s Business Daily.
Lately, he partnered with the East African Breweries who sponsored the show The Singleton Stories which highlights the stories of different celebrities and thought leaders.
10. Fashionable Step mum
In the world of fashion and style, Fashionable step mum is a household name. Catherine Kariuki caters to working women and blended families. She first shot into the spotlight when a TV show highlighted her marriage to her husband who is almost twice her age.
However, she has built a brand where she sets herself apart as a fashion guru who spends generous amounts of money on clothes. In 2018, she excited the internet when she revealed that she bought five dresses from the UK which cost a total amount of Ksh 250,000.
She always emphasizes quality over quantity. If you have a penchant for fashion, style and looking good for different occasions, fashionable step mum got you covered.
11. Janet Machuka
Janet is an authority in the field of marketing, branding and digital influencing. Her rich wealth of experience stems from the notable companies that she has worked in as an influencer.
She started her Twitter movement #AfricaTweetChat in 2019. Through her diligence, ATC has grown to become a digital academy where people can learn all things digital marketing.
Ms. Machuka is a woman of many talents and one of her notable gifts is writing. She writes very informative content on marketing and ensures that those articles are engaging and well-articulated.
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