Kenya has seen a number of individuals who have become influential despite their limited education. Education is important for personal growth, but it is not always a requirement for success. Muranga news has compiled a list of Kenyans who have made it to the top of the political and business world without completing high school.
One such individual is the late Samwel Ngetich, who dropped out of school in Class 3. He took on various menial jobs, but eventually ventured into business and established a number of companies under the Kipchimchim Group, including supermarkets and tea factories. He also had ties to powerful politicians and held a seat as a Member of County Assembly for Kapkugerwet ward.
Another influential figure is the late Njenga Karume, who was one of the wealthiest people in Kenya at the time of his death. Despite not attending high school, Karume worked as a clerk and eventually made a living selling charcoal. He went on to become a successful businessman and politician.
Ibrahim Ambwere also made a name for himself despite his lack of education. He gained fame for offering to pay teachers’ delayed salaries during the Moi Government. His business interests spread across Western Kenya and he became one of the wealthiest people in the region.
Narendra Raval, the chairman of the Devki group of companies, is another individual who has made a significant impact without formal education. Born in India, he came to Kenya as a priest and established a business in Gikomba, which grew into the Devki empire. He is also known for his philanthropy, including a promise to donate Sh100 million to government hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Other notable figures include the late Jackson Kibor, a wealthy landowner and former chairman of KANU, and Gerishon Kirima, a successful businessman and former MP who made a fortune in real estate and rental properties. Stivo Simple Boy, a musician and former resident of Kibera slums, also achieved fame and success despite limited education.
Overall, this list of individuals proves that education is not the only path to success and influence in Kenya. Hard work, determination and a willingness to take risks are also key factors in achieving success.