Meet Muigui Wa Kamaki: Man Behind Kamaki’s Nyama Choma Zone,“I Started Kamaki’s With 1 Crate Of Beer”

In 2009, Muigui wa Kamaki made a significant investment by purchasing a plot of land along the Eastern bypass. At that time, the area was densely covered in bushes, and the thought of it becoming a residential or commercial hub seemed unimaginable.

Undeterred by the initial wilderness, Kamaki decided to set up a modest bar that resembled a kiosk. The establishment began with a humble inventory of a crate of Tusker beer and two crates of soda. Naming it “Kamaki’s” after his father, the 70-year-old entrepreneur unknowingly laid the foundation for what would later become the renowned Kamaki’s Choma Zone, celebrated for its delectable nyama choma.

Over the years, Kamaki’s has evolved into a popular weekend destination for Nairobi residents and those in the surrounding areas, whether spending quality time with family or enjoying leisure moments with friends. The establishment has earned its reputation as a go-to spot for indulging in the delightful experience of nyama choma, fostering a sense of togetherness among its patrons.

The journey leading to the establishment of Kamaki’s is a fascinating tale of resilience and entrepreneurship. Kamaki’s house was demolished as the Eastern bypass took shape over a decade ago. Undeterred by this setback, he seized the opportunity to set up his first business in the area when land prices were still reasonable.

Fast forward to the present day, the landscape has transformed into a bustling hub with skyrocketing land prices. Kamaki’s initial bar, starting with just three crates of beverages, paved the way for a thriving commercial zone. The area now boasts a spectrum of businesses, including upscale pubs, major supermarkets, car dealerships, residential complexes, hardware stores, and luxurious homes.

Reflecting on his journey, Kamaki expresses contentment that his venture has contributed to job creation and the overall growth of the area. He remarks, “My house sat on the road, but I didn’t know that. It was partially demolished, but I decided to knock it down completely.”

In the early days, plots in Kamakis area were affordable, with prices starting at KSh 200,000. However, as the area developed and gained prominence, the costs soared to KSh 300,000, KSh 500,000, and beyond. Acquiring a plot in the Kamakis area along the Eastern bypass today comes at a significant cost, underscoring the remarkable transformation and success story of Kamaki’s entrepreneurial venture.