40Forty Lounge: Meet Kenyan couple who own Famous Westlands club

Allan and Irene Igambi stand as the proprietors of 40Forty Lounge, an upscale nightclub nestled in the lively Westlands area of Nairobi.

Since its establishment in 2017, the venue has evolved into a favored hotspot for party enthusiasts and revelers seeking an enjoyable experience.

Situated within Stellato Mall along Muthithi Road, 40Forty Lounge not only provides an enticing and warm ambiance but also treats partygoers to a breathtaking panoramic view of Nairobi’s skyline.

Irene and Allan, the dynamic duo behind the inception of 40Forty Lounge, bring a wealth of experience from their diverse roles in the hospitality industry. Recognizing the potential for profitability through effective management, their passion for entertainment and industry insight led them to establish the thriving 40Forty Lounge.

The couple’s inspiration stems from the achievements of American billionaire rapper Jay Z, who owns the renowned New York club, 40/40. In a previous interview, Irene expressed, “He’s our inspiration mostly because he showed us that you can come from nothing and rise all the way to the top if only you put your best efforts towards chasing your dreams.”

Inside 40Forty Lounge, guests can explore three distinctive spaces: the main club, balcony level, and outdoor terrace, each offering a unique experience and vantage point for enjoying the lounge’s sights and sounds.

Reflecting on the journey of establishing the business, Irene Igambi remarks, “Even when you get nothing, in the end, it’s yours, and you’ve put in your 100%. It’s the best feeling ever, knowing that you are moving closer to your targets and goals in life.”

Allan Igambi, Irene’s husband, brings a background as a former Budget Controller and Nairobi County Executive Member for Finance. In 2020, he faced scrutiny over allegations of irregular payment of pending bills, resulting in a reported loss of over Sh280 million. Subsequently, Igambi was relieved of his duties by the then Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu in a surprising move. Before his dismissal, Igambi had been transferred from the Finance docket to the Food and Agriculture docket, where he served as the acting CEC.