Meet Kevin Mulei: NRG Radio Owner, His poor life Journey From Machakos to owning NRG

NRG Radio, a popular Kenyan radio station, first hit the airwaves on March 1, 2018. As Kenya and Africa’s inaugural visual radio station, NRG Radio has set a high standard for other media outlets in the region. The station primarily targets a young audience, aged 16 to 30, and its name, derived from the word ‘energy,’ reflects the dynamic nature of its programming. Notable presenters like Mwalimu Rachael are part of the NRG Radio team.

The mastermind behind NRG Radio is Kevin Mulei, a prominent Nairobi businessman. Mulei also established the renowned Groove Awards and Mo Sound Events. His journey began as a DJ, but after leaving that career, he founded Groove Awards to promote and celebrate gospel music talent in Kenya. He later expanded his ventures with Mo Sound Events, a creative company offering event organization, production services, digital media, and entertainment equipment across East and Central Africa.

Born on September 5, 1982, in Kisikeni Village, Machakos County, Mulei spent much of his childhood working on his grandmother’s farm, where he developed his business acumen. By the age of nine, he had started his own small vegetable garden, selling produce for extra income. His family later moved to Gigiri, Nairobi, where he joined them and embarked on his DJ career. Following a failed business venture in the early 2000s, he shifted focus to the business world, leading to the success of Groove Awards across East Africa.

Kevin Mulei is married to Janet Kabugu, and together they have three children. Janet, an accomplished professional in her own right, holds a law degree from the University of Nairobi and runs the Janet Mulei Foundation, which supports orphans and street children. Kevin Mulei’s net worth is estimated at around USD 2.3 million, largely derived from his event company, Mo Sound Events, and advertising revenue from NRG Radio.

NRG Radio broadcasts at 97.1FM in Nairobi and is also accessible online. Initially confined to Nairobi, the station’s reach has expanded to include Kisumu, Eldoret, and Mombasa. NRG Radio has also launched sister stations: Choice Radio at 87.7FM and Fun X Radio at 91.3FM.