Let’s admit it, we sometimes drool over TV personalities but forget those hot chics who are running some corporate organizations and are going hard about it; when I’m talking hot, I’m not just talking about looks, but the general appeal that they have.
The ability to pull the right people into their businesses because of their business sense. Below is a list, in not particular order, of such women.
Anerlisa Muigai (Nero Water Company)
She’s the CEO of Nero Water company that supplies branded water to leading restaurants, corporates, music videos (Ligi Soo) among others. She’s the daughter of Karoche Breweries and always flaunts what her mother gave her.
Mina Reeve (Nami Africa)
She’s a Biomedical Sciences graduate from the University of Dundee. She’s an experiential marketer who’s behind Barclays Bank of Kenya, McKinsey and Company, Home Afrika, Superbikes Association of Kenya, Samchi Credit, Miss Tourism, Diner en Blanc and Intarget Africa among others.
Nami Africa had a presence in over 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, Nami Africa has been laid to rest given that I wanted to pursue other interests in life.
“I have quite the passion and flair for adventure and superbikes. Some might say I am an outdoor girl. I am unique in the sense that I love a good adventure and some adrenaline. I also love playing video games and football. I like going on on dates, especially if food is involved. I believe it is important to keep up appearances and take care of yourself, so I will frequently visit the gym, spa, salon, and various shopping outlets. I love the piano. I do play (used to play very well, now I just mess around), and the saxophone. I enjoy the theatre and appreciate good talent,” reads her LinkedIn profile.
Parinaz Firozi (Jumia)
She’s the CEO of Jumia Mall which is a fast-growing online retail website. She’s known for her non-nonsense management style and ambition.
Her LinkedIn profile read, “I have 12 years of combined experience in both finance and operations. I head Strategic Operations for an A16Z blockchain startup, TrustToken. Previously I worked at the World Bank’s venture capital team focusing on growth-stage equity investments. I was also the Managing Director of Jumia Kenya, part of Jumia Group (NYSE: JMIA) where I scaled the organization to 29x GMV and 250 people. I started my career in investment banking at JPMorgan and have an MBA.”
Olive Gachara (Couture Africa)
She’s the editor-in-chief of Couture Africa magazine, a Kenyan fashion magazine title. She’s also an image consultant, the sole proprietor of Image With Olive. Olive is known for her glam and sense of style and an ardent fan of success.
Cynthia Nyamai (Cynthia Nyamai Communications)
Cynthia has still maintained her look from her television days as a business anchor at KTN. She’s now in the PR industry where she maintains a low key. She’s handled major campaigns, including Uhuru Kenyatta’s election campaigns, Equity Bank’s CEO James Mwangi’s being named as Forbes Africa Person of the year (2012) among others.
She’s the cousin of Oscar award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o. She’s the MD of Asphalt Inc, a corporate services company. She’s previously held positions at Google and MTV before deciding to venture into entrepreneurship.
Isis was elected to the board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) as an independent non-executive director.
She’s survived cancer before and emerged a winner. She’s the current MD of Top Image Africa, a Below The Line Advertising and Consultancy firm with offices in Kenya and across Africa. She’s good looking and has a great business acumen.