Man who Bought V8 Car, Relocated to Runda after Earning Ksh 20 Million from Selling Land Goes Broke in 9 Months

When Brian Mwau found himself KSh 20 million richer while still in university, he couldn’t foresee the financial downfall awaiting him within nine months.

His ascent to wealth commenced during his tenure at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), where he delved into campus politics, assuming the role of the students’ Information Technology (IT) representative.

Mwau’s involvement in student governance during his time at JKUAT afforded him entry into influential circles, including the parents of his peers.

By his second year, Mwau had risen to the position of JKUAT’s academic secretary. It was during this period that he seized a profitable opportunity presented by a parent of a fellow student.

“Fortuitously, a parent of one of the students approached us with a land sale proposition, presuming our connections,” he recounted to KTN News. “Despite the challenge of the land’s initial price tag of KSh 100 million in 2016, we managed to secure a buyer at KSh 80 million. That’s how I pocketed KSh 20 million at the age of 19.”

Flush with newfound wealth, Mwau embraced a lavish lifestyle. He swapped his residence from Rongai to the upscale enclave of Runda and indulged in luxury acquisitions like a Landcruiser V8. He even enlisted drivers and bodyguards to accompany him.

His generosity knew no bounds as he treated his friends to extravagant outings, living well beyond his means with a feeling of invincibility.

“In less than nine months, I reached the pinnacle of extravagance,” he reflected.

However, compelled to liquidate his assets, including his prized luxury vehicles, Mwau confronted the harsh reality of his circumstances.

Gone were the days of opulence; instead, he found himself boarding a matatu to his village in Makueni, a stark departure from his former life of affluence.

Amidst his trials, Mwau sought solace in faith and spirituality. He immersed himself in religious teachings and sought counsel from influential figures like the late Chris Kirubi, embarking on a journey of redemption.

Through unwavering perseverance, he eventually landed a job at Centum, ascending the ranks to become the business development coordinator at Two Rivers International Finance and Innovative Centre.