Collymore named Corporate Executive of the year

Safaricom boss Bob Collymore has been named the Corporate Executive of the year at the inaugural East Africa Com Awards held in Nairobi. The award celebrates achievements of the people and companies that are accelerating digital transformation in East Africa. “We are delighted by the recognition of the innovations that we have brought to the market. This is a testament of the transformation that technology is bringing to people’s lives,” said Steve Chege, Director of Corporate Affairs at Safaricom during the Award ceremony. Mr Chege said the company is purposes…

Enhanced Infrastructure Helps Build Safer Communities in Nairobi’s

Kayole-Soweto, an informal settlement on the eastern periphery of Nairobi, is home to approximately 90,000 residents. And during a recent discussion I had with the Settlement Executive Committee (SEC) there, a female representative told me about her community and home: “This place has changed so much that we need a new name! Our community is improving because our houses have more value, we feel safer and businesses are growing.” This is largely thanks to the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project (KISIP), which provides basic infrastructure such as tarmac roads, water…

Agrarians earn high using conservation agribusiness

Smallholder farmers in Kenya are increasing maize yields and have reduced production risk by 30 per cent thanks to a conservation agriculture project. Declining soil fertility in recent years, increasing soil erosion and droughts due to climate change, have dipped farmers’ yields which has contributed to a rise in poverty and hunger. Maize is a staple crop for the country, and legumes an important dietary protein source for the rural poor. To sustainably increase the yields of these crops, and to engage the poorest and most vulnerable within the sector,…

Is Coursework Wicked for Kids?

After eight hours at school, plus whatever extracurricular they have got going on after school, your kid comes home, exhausted. They eat dinner and then: It is right back to the grind as they tackle math worksheets and make spelling flashcards and do their assigned reading. But is the struggle worth it? Some experts say no, depending on how old your children are. “There is absolutely no evidence of any academic benefit from assigning homework in elementary or middle school,” Alfie Kohn, author of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids…

Cytonn secures Ksh. 2.1 B more from Taaleri

Cytonn Investments has secured an additional Ksh. 2.1 billion in funding from their institutional partners, Taaleri of Finland, increasing their asset to Ksh. 5 billion. The treasuries is expected to be directed towards development projects such as the The Ridge, a Ksh 12.0 billion mixed use development construction located in Ridgeways, Nairobi County. This is one of the mega series of constructions underway by Cytonn Investments Management Plc, an independent investment management firm.  Speaking at the signing of the additional funding, Shiv Arora, Head of Real Estate Private Equity at…