Compiled by Elizabeth Benu
“Education is the key to success,” as some school mottos go but it does not apply to all.
Some of the most successful people are school dropouts making millions yet those who graduate are still a long way to making their first million.
Here is a list of top Kenyan school drop outs who mint millions even without academic papers.
1. Heshan de Silva
Born into a middle income family he struggled to go to school. However, De Silva graduated from high school at the age of 16, and immediately went on to university.
Heshan tells How We Made It in Africa, “I did not make the most of the opportunities given to me, dropping out of university after only 1 year.
Applying for jobs was a nightmare, with a transcript of F’s it’s almost impossible,”
Today the 25-year-old Kenyan venture capitalist, founder of the De Silva Group, is worth over $10-million. The firm makes seed investments in
Kenyan entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for new businesses.
2. ‘Prophet’ Dr. Kanyari
He has made the headlines for the past week. As a Form Two drop out he has managed to make millions through the basic chemistry lessons everyone got in high school; using Potassium Permanganate.
He has allegedly duped Kenyans into believing that he could heal HIV and find you a job.
It is also said that on Sunday at he decided to increase his normal ‘MBEGU’ up from Ksh310 to Ksh500 and made it clear that for any press interviews Journalist will have to part with Ksh500, 000 to secure an interview with him.
“Huyo siyo mwizi anauza mutura pale ngara,” went his song that hit the airwaves with a bang.
James Kang’ethe ‘Tete’ Kimani or better known to you as ‘Bonoko’ came from humble beginnings. Born in the streets he used to sleep in the gutter under the highways.
“The government started to pick kids up from the streets in 2011 and send them to special schools to be reformed. After being caught Bonoko ran away twice to Nairobi,” he tells Nairobi wire. He ended up completing only two years of primary school education.
It was after his voice began being used by DJ’s and programmes for funny clips & mixes that he became famous, landed a job as a presenter at
Ghetto Radio and began earning a decent living for himself..
4. Samuel Majani
Ghafla! is the site to look at when it comes to entertainment and latest celebrity stories. But did you know the founder was a school drop out?
Samuel Majani dropped out of college in JKUAT in 2006.
“I was pursuing a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering but failed 8 units after re-takes and was therefore discontinued,” he tells Career Point in a previous interview.
His love for Kenyan music and frustrations of not finding lyrics led to him starting a website named kenyalyrics.com which later rebranded to Ghafla!
5. Ashish Thakkar
He is the Founder of Mara Group of Companies – a wildly successful company that runs businesses in IT services, agriculture, manufacturing, real estate and hospitality.
He dropped out of school when he was 15 to do business which his parents did not take lightly. Later on, his dad agreed and gave him an ultimatum of one year to either be successful or return to school.
He never returned to school but today he is one of the youngest dollar billionaire.
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