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Reuben Kimani Crowned the African Business Personality

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Reuben Kimani CEO, Username Investment Ltd was crowned the 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Award gala dinner recently held at Louis Leakey Memorial Hall in National Museums of Kenya. Reuben was awarded alongside His Excellency Raila Odinga, Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Prof. PLO Lumumba, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Hon Ababu Namwamba, Arch Bishop Arthur Kitonga among other distinguished leaders. The Deputy President William Ruto was also in attendance where he witnessed the winners receive their awards.

The Voice Achievers Awards was established in the Netherlands by The Voice Magazine and seeks to recognize outstanding men and women who have made positive impact on Africa and its people. The award is held yearly and is on its 10th Anniversary and this was the first edition of the awards in Kenya. The winners ranged from Africans and friends of Africa who in pursuit of their businesses and services to humanity, have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavor across the African continent.

I thank God, my family, Username Investments Team, our clients and stakeholders for believing in me. I am humbled by this recognition of our efforts in making property ownership inclusive for everyone regardless of their income. Our desire as Username Investments has always been to provide Kenyans living locally and abroad with a place they can call home at affordable prices. We have been in the industry for over 6 years and I am proud that we have impacted thousands of clients across the formal and informal sectors and especially the youth”, Reuben Kimani said as he received his trophy.

Reuben Kimani was accompanied by Username staff members who cheered him for his outstanding leadership.

The proportion of Kenyan youth to the population stands at 20.3%, the highest in Africa and among the highest globally according to the US-based Population Reference Bureau. This population has been faced with unemployment and I am glad that Username Investments has created employment to over 50 directly and 500 indirectly employed in our three offices; two in Nairobi and one in Nakuru”, Reuben continued.

Reuben Kimani, CEO, Username Investment Ltd. receiving his award as The 2019 African Business Personality at the 2019 Voice Achievers Award Ceremony

As the co-founder and CEO of Username Investments, Reuben believes in being impactful in the society by focusing on ideas and work that radically transform people’s lives. His mantra is to get important things done and done fast. Housing being a basic necessity of every human being alongside food and water, he has led the Company to make properties deliberately affordable with prices as low Ksh 199,000 which are also value-added with a perimeter fence, estate gate, graded access roads, water and electricity making them ready for immediate development. This has made great contribution in the Affordable Housing Agenda, one of the 4 key pillars of the government development agenda that aims at providing affordable homes to Kenyans who have been experiencing prolonged renting periods especially in the urban areas.

To all young people in Africa, take action and do something. Talent, knowledge and big talk is useless without action”, Reuben concluded by encouraging young people to do something that will have an impact in their lives.

Username Investment Limited Team together with the CEO, Reuben Kimani, after he won The 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Awards

Through his leadership, the Company has accomplished over 37 projects, issued over 6,000 title deeds to clients living both in Kenya and the diaspora. His efforts have seen the Company bag accolades across the industry for outstanding performance including; Top 100 Midsized Company Award, Real Estate SME of the Year, Best Land and Investment Company among others. As an individual he has bagged Diversity and Inclusion Business Executive Champion Award, Entrepreneur of the Year by Kenya Professional Realtors Association (KPRA) and JKUAT Alumni Achievement Award for his achievements post-graduation.

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Top 5 Oracle of Omaha (Warren Buffet) Money Tips.

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Talk about money everyone becomes attentive for it is a measure of work done and wealth. All and sundry do want to have money notwithstanding their tribe, culture, region, religion or clan.

As some do say money is not everything but the only thing. Want to ever make wise investment decisions that will lead to financial freedom? That is what Warren Buffet, commonly known as Oracle of Omaha has been doing for several years now, making him among the top ten billionaires in the world.

Whether you are poor at the moment or not happy about the money, it is within your pocket, the wisdom of Oracle of Omaha will ring true as you work to make best choices for your situation.

Take these tips to that bank;

  1. Fear in others is an opportunity for you.

A climate of fear is an ideal period for investors. Those who invest only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaning less reassurance. Keep your head about you when others decide with fear and you will find value at every turn.

  1. Invest in what you understand

Any investment you make you have to make sure you comprehend it fully failure to which you will cry later. Even if you find a good investment and you do not understand how it works stay away from it.

  1. Maintain a healthy origin

We do definitely pay a steep price to maintain our financial strength. Holding enough cash to get you through times of uncertainty in your business has the same result of keeping you free from fear-based blunder. Figure out the number you need to keep safe in order to sleep well at night.

  1. Concentrate on long term results

Have that delayed gratification mentality, I do know it is hard but it pays a price the end of the tunnel. Think of involving on land, shares, money market fund name it. Have that vision of about 10-15 years from now, it will pay.

  1. Take full responsibility for your investment decisions

Each success or failure of your investments take it on a personal angle and be responsible for your decisions.

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Ruby Ninah -How Business Cards Only Helped This Young Entrepreneur to Build Her Entertainment Business

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When we think about music, what comes to mind is the successful musicians with hit songs and how much they made in their albums. Success in music has been left to mean famous, trending, collaborations, giving back to society and sometimes even scandals. But today we tell a story of one Ruby Ninah who interprets music differently and how she managed to kick off a different kind of music career and is doing very well at it.

Ruby, a musician, is also the founder and CEO of Ruby Ninah Entertainment (RNE) a company that specializes in live music for corporate events,  dinners and gala events. Her main genre being JAZZ.  RNE was started in 2016 with nothing but a couple of business cards and a bunch of friends. Ruby says that what pushed her into starting her own company was because she found herself in a place of lack. No job, no money and that right there became her defining moment. A recipe to launch into the unknown and believe that it will work out alright.

One thing about Ruby is that she does not subscribe to the division of music in terms of secular or gospel. ”I do not comply to the idea of dividing music into gospel or secular because I think its very relative. I believe every other profession never ties down someone to the two. We do not have gospel bakeries or secular butcheries. Therefore, for me, my call is to sing songs bigger than secular or gospel. I sing songs that speak to the souls. Songs that heal and restore the souls of people.” With this, most of her songs have an emancipating value that can be heard anywhere, which is a plus for business.

It goes without saying that many business entities have challenges and this Ruby’s is not an exception. Considering jazz music has been male dominated for a long time, gaining access to potential clients can be very challenging. Coupling that along with her potential clients stereotyping her as a struggling artists because she chose to do live gigs as opposed to doing music like other artists has been quite a journey. Also her partners have been a challenging batch over the years.

Ruby tells a story of a time she had a gig and her sound guys decided to bail on the day of the event because she couldn’t pay deposit despite the fact that they had agreed to settle the bill after the gig was done. ”Despite these challenges I have learnt to be very objective about what happens. I go in with a mindset of doing business and whatever happens in between is a lesson to learn,” she says.

One of the biggest gigs for Ninah was on 20th September 2018 because for the very first time she got an opportunity to network with so many people. ”It was my first cooperate event and I feel like the connections I created there have been the ones that have enabled me to get better. Because some of them called me for more work. I also handled cash for the first time which was also a great thing.”

One of the things that motivates Ninah to keep building towards making her business bigger is the fulfillment she gets when she is on that stage. ”There is a way I feel when am singing. Its electric. Just being able to carry a crowd and touch their lives through the sound I release is everything to me,” she says. She looks forward to be an ultimate service provider for live jazz music and manage artists to the best of her ability.

For Ruby the music industry can do better in the side of management. One thing that is important for Ruby is having good managers who can continue to build the brand and sell the artist as they focus on doing what they do best which is sing. The industry should be open and get rid of the ‘I want it all mentality’. It is important to have professional people who can help you run your career and build it up other than a person as an artist being their everything. Also, the classification of songs could kill the the spirit behind the song. The industry should give more room for the songs to find a proper footing and be expressed in their rawest form without trying to classify into gospel or secular, but rather receive the song for what

”My mantra, hmm I could mention two. One is from the bible: Psalm 116:7 and it says:Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. This means everything to me because i can connect my faith to what i do and be assured that God will always come through for me no matter what happens. The second is this, the world owes you nothing. So go out there and do you and be unapologetic for it. There will never be another you. So live your life to the full. And that is what Ruby and RNE function on.”

Five things Ruby says have made her thrive in her business this far are:

  1. Stay true to yourself

Be authentic and live life being the best version of yourself. At the end of the day you only have one life and you cannot afford to live it trying to be someone you are not happy with.

 2. Believe in your magic

There is magic that happens when we all do what we are called to do. Believe in it and do it.

3. Don’t take it personally it’s business

Sometimes as you do business, people will offend you. Do not take it personally. It is business, things go wrong. Be easy and let go.

4. Network

If you are going to be effective and do well in business, you have to have a good connection with people. Create good rapport with everyone. People will always remember how you made them feel and either recommend you or not.

 5.Be nice

It doesn’t matter who it is. Always be nice to everyone. You never know who you will need to help you in future.

Story done by Arlene Ayiera for Inversk on March 13 2019.

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Kenya’s Juliana Rotich Bags Top Award in Germany for her Tech Innovations.

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An IT pioneer in Kenya, Juliana Rotich was accorded the German Africa Foundation award for her splendid work in digital revolution in Africa.

The award was given to her by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Allianz Forum next to Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, Germany.

The award ceremony was attended by over 300 guests from political, business and social realm.

The German Africa Foundation has been annually awarding outstanding African personalities who have contributed in a remarkable way to peace, democracy, human rights, economic development or culture on the African continent.

“The global demand for her innovations impressively proves that digital products ‘made in Africa’ can conquer the world market,” said the statement.

The 42-year-old is the co-founder of Ushahidi, an open source platform that has revolutionized flow of information worldwide. She is also the co-founder of the technology company BRCK, which is the largest public Wi-Fi provider in Sub-Saharan Africa since February 2019

Other co-founders who work along side Julian are Mr Erik Hersman, Mrs Ory Okolloh and Mr. David Kobia.

The BRCK designed a battery-powered, multi-connection device that provides internet access through various channels without electricity for up to 8 hours, ensuring that regions with low infrastructure or crisis areas have access to digital world and what is happening around them. BRCK is today in 150 countries around the world.

The software was developed after the 2007 General Election in Kenya, when several riots and serious violent acts were recorded.

The open-source software allows people to upload incidents like electoral fraud, corruption,human rights violation and make the information acquired accessible in real time on an online map.

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