NERO Company CEO Anerlisa Muigai.

Keroche Breweries heiress Anerlisa Muigai is among three Kenyans named among 40Under-40 African Business Icons by Business Elites Africa magazine. Others are EcoPost Founder Lorna Rutto and Nairobi-based entrepreneur Mark Kaigwa.

Ms Muigai, 30, was recognised for not focusing on her family’s riches and instead launching a multi-million company, NERO, which manufactures premium drinking water targeting those with class and style. The magazine says Executive Water is one of the topmost on-demand brands on supermarket shelves in Kenya.

On Wednesday, she also bagged the runners up position in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the Young Entrepreneurs Awards organised by Bizna.

Ms Rutto, 33, resigned from her job in 2009 to start EcoPost, which converts waste plastic into polls and fence posts as an alternative to timber. The venture has saved the country’s endangered forests.

On the other hand, Kaigwa, 26, is also a Nairobi-based filmmaker, consultant, digital marketer, motivational speaker and social media enthusiast. His focus has been fixed on using social media to connect businesses to customers in Africa. He has also authored several speakers and has featured on CNN, BBC, Aljazeera and The Guardian.

Others are Dr Ola Brown (Founder and CEO, Flying Doctors, Nigeria), Jason Njoku (CEO and Founder, Iroko TV, Nigeria), Tim Odeyele (Founder/CEO, Optiweb Communication Ltd, Nigeria), Olatorera Oniru (Olatorera Consultancy Ltd, Nigeria), Jean Bosco (Founder, Habona Ltd, Rwanda), Damilola Solesi (Founder and CEO, SMIDS Animation Studios, Nigeria), Phiwa Nkambule (Founder, Riovic, Swaziland), Fred Apaloo, Founder, Villa Grace, Ghana), Kofi Genfi and Nii Osae Osae Dade (Co-Founders, CYST, Ghana), Bamai Namata (Founder/CEO, Maibeta Inc., Cameroon) and Clarisse Iribagiza (Founder, DMM.Hehe, Rwanda).

Also to make the cut were Kevin Okyere (CEO, Springfield Group, Ghana), Isaya Yunge (Public Speaker and Founder, Soma Apps Technologies, Tanzania), Ladipo Lawani (L&L Foods, Nigeria), Eric Metinhoue (Founder, Btech SARL, Benin), Kevin Lubega (Founder, Ezeemoney, Uganda), Sadiq Falalu (Founder/MD, FaLgates, Nigeria), Samuelle Dimairho (Co-Founder, Dengetedzia Company Ltd, Zimbabwe), Thomas Duncan (CEO, Anticor, Namibia), Olaoluwa Owajoodu (Founder and CEO, E-Settlement Ltd, Nigeria), Yasmine El Bggari (CEO, Voyaj Inc, Morocco), Nomvula Mhambi (Founder and CEO, Disruptive Innovation Ltd, Zimbabwe), Nataliey Bitature (Co-Founder, Bisana Carts, Uganda), Verone Mankou (Founder, VMK Tech, Congo), Simphiwe Majozi and Sihle Ndlela (Co-Founders, Majozi Bros Construction, South Africa) and Toyin Lawani (Founder, Tiannah’s Place Empire, Nigeria).


Orapeleng Modutle (Founder, Orapeleng Module Style Avenue, South Africa), Ali Mohamed (Founder, VOUND, Egypt), Alex Fourie (Founder, WeFix, South Africa), Uche Pedro (Founder, Bellanaija, Nigeria), Mwiya Musokotwane (Co-Founder, Thebe Investment Management, Zambia), Yannick Nzonde (CEO, Mulundu Investment and Co-Owner, ATI Congo Groupe, DR Congo), Clarence Peters (CEO, Capital Dreams Pictures & Capital Hill Records, Nigeria), Patrick E. Ngowi (Founder, Helvetic Group, Tanzania) and Sandile Shezi (Founder, Rivoltare, South Africa) complete the 40Under-40 African Business Icons list.



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