The fight against breast cancer might have been made a lot more easier by 18-year-old Mexican student Julian Rios Cantu. The lad has invented a bra that detects breast cancer symptoms, called the Eva bra … read more Teen invents cancer-detecting bra
Everybody knows Huddah right now, in Kenya that is. She began her trade way before she shot to fame. Most of you won’t believe this but she was in Jaguar’s smash hit ‘Nimetoka mbali’ featuring Tanzania’s AY. Huddah began making headlines with her online personality of posing for some nude photos and the likes. Controversy was her middle name. She was that ‘bad gal’. Then she got a chance to represent Kenya in the Big Brother Africa in South Africa back in 2013.
Many saw Huddah as just fame-hungry, with all that she was doing. She used to hang out with Prezzo so much and soon we saw her in BBA (Not that Prezzo sent her there, no? But she was learning the trade). She then sent tongues wagging when some compromising photos of her and Colonel Mustapha surfaced. But watching closely, you realize that she had strategy. Slowly but surely, she was gaining popularity, and she was using the popularity to create a market for her products.
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Currently Huddah is not a socialite, I mean, you can’t see her very often posing nude or doing such stuff any more. Huddah is an entrepreneur. She has her own cosmetics that are becoming a favorite to many, she has her own slimming tea that she even shared with Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed and also, she is a marketer for different companies. Vera Sidika might be going round the world having fun, but indeed Huddah is going round getting deals and making money. For instance, she is headed to Cameron soon to promote her cosmetics, she’s been to New York and all that. This lady has indeed evolved.
Safaricoms Blaze Be Your Own Boss (BYOB) TV reality Show came to an end yesterday and we finally got to know the winner. The competition which kicked off a few weeks ago was aimed at awarding one contestant with business support of 5 Million bob and title of BYOB season one winner.
Contestants went through a series of challenges over the eight week period eliminating them one at a time as time progressed. The grand finale went down yesterday. 19 year old Valentine was crowned the winner after beating Safe Joe after the final vote count.
Valentine Nekesa is the owner and founder of V- designs a fashion design company. Out of the 5 million, 3 million is offered in cash prize with the remaining 2 going into business support.
Susan Mueni was voted as the shows favorite contestant through Social media and SMS walking away with a cool half a million Kenya shillings.
Congratulations to all the contestants and Valentine.
Hey y’all technology enthusiasts, Apple has updated its iPad line. The new developments happen alongside launching of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which are red in colour. This is in partnership with the Product Red whose aim is to fight HIV/AIDS. Product Red was started by former U2 star Bono, and it’s aim, as stated above, is to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberclosis and Malaria. Hence, some of the proceeds from the Red IPhones will go towards Product Red.
The phones that are officially going on sale this Friday have 32GB and 128GB configurations, though they will still go for the initial prices of $379 to $559. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Since we began working with (Red) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products. The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (Red), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.”
The Nairobi Innovation Week went down between the 6th and 10th of March and was hosted by the University of Nairobi. It was an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative creations and get feedback on their products and services, publicity and even financial backing for them. The Insyder caught up with Sam Omindo, founder and Chief Creative Director of Genteel Fashion, who chose to venture into the fashion industry in men’s wear with a difference. Dressed in his own designs and looking dapper, Sam took us through his business journey. Here’s his story.
How did Genteel come to be?
Before we started the brand we did some research. We saw that before the colonial era, Africa was full of colour, our forefathers were very flamboyant. Different cultures were attracted to certain colours, the Maasai had their blue and red, the Agikuyu had brown and green, the Akamba had yellow and brown and so on. These colours represented the personality of their culture. When the Britons came, they taught us to embrace a new scheme of colours; black, blue and grey especially for the men. The suit became a standard and couldn’t showcase personality. So we decided to try and infuse our traditional colours into the suits as a statement of individuality.
How long has this whole process taken you?
The research and development process took us one and a half years and we only went into our first production 11 months ago.
What challenges have you faced in your time in the industry?
As with any other business, starting up is always a challenge, unless you’re given a small loan of 1million dollars (adds cheekily), because you need to raise the initial capital. We also had to understand the business model. Getting your market space among the consumers was a little tricky and because we wanted this to grow beyond the here and now we set up Genteel as a Start-Up and not an SME meaning we had a lot more to cover before we could get going.
What successes have you achieved so far?
Eleven months in we managed to dress Sauti Sol for the cover of Drum Magazine, March 2017 issue. Personally, I think the biggest success is to see the brand continue to grow every day and get exposed to more and more people as a Kenyan creation.
The clothing industry is a very diverse one and Kenya gets a lot of its fashion second hand from outside; how does Genteel compare to other products from abroad?
The truth is majority of the international brands have access to assets that are harder to come by in Kenya. It’s interesting that clothing items is a matter if aesthetics. The technic of production id more or less the same across the board but the point is the possession of the brand. As Genteel we have positioned ourselves to be a top notch brand of quality. Our tailors have a minimum of 20 years of experience in their trade. Also, Kenya lacks in quality textile so we currently import our fabric from India, Belgium, England and China. However, I feel we can grow as a country and get to the point of having it all done from Kenya by Kenya.
Who do you consider as your prospective clients?
We target career forward men in the age range of 25-49 with an average disposable income of KES 45,000-60,000.
With that margin, how much would a Genteel suit cost a buyer?
The average Genteel suit goes for KES 27,500 but with higher end material we have tailored suits for as high as 100K – 150K
That’s quite the figure. What’s the process of getting a Genteel?
At the present all our suits are tailor made for the client, something we don’t see ourselves changing yet, so we work on appointments with prospective clients. We don’t have a physical store but we’re in the process of getting established stores to being fronts for Genteel. The first thing is a call to us and we come to where the client is. We have a 30 minutes’ discussion with him about the suit to get a sense of his personality, take measurements and show the client fabric samples. After that, the suit goes off to tailoring and for the first suit it takes up to 3weeks to get it done. For repeat buyers it takes 10days because we already have the measurements but we still have the 30 minutes to determine what they want this time. It’s about the statement of the client.
Clearly, Genteel is a niche market product. What wisdom would you pass to potential entrepreneurs who hope to venture into high fashion?
Study your business model. The objective of any business is to make money. To make money you need to know and understand who your target market is and focus on them and what they want. If your product is lowly priced, you know you’re going for mass market and their wants are unique to them. Once you get there, you delve deeper into research and development, marketing and other business necessities. It all starts with going into it.
Perhaps not half as you think. You see, thanks to social media, we have a new generation of celebrity superstars. No, not celebrities on mass media, highly paid athletes, or petty politicians – just real people, doing real things. Like eating food at Subway. And they’re not a day over 25. Yeah, like they think Muthoni Bwika went to Kapenguria with Jomo.
They’re your next door neighbour, classmate, fellow passenger in the matatu. They just love the ordinary things they do more than you. Perhaps a little bit too much. Like eating (remember the Subway celeb?), fashion, phat asses, funny videos and getting pregnant. See, normal, everyday stuff.
They now form the new ‘It’ crowd with their cult followings, steering trends, setting agendas and often commanding thousands for posts apparently showing just a snippet of their ordinary day.
This new generation of Instafamous Kenyan’s play by their own rules. They simply don’t give an EFF about what you think. And yes, they’re getting paid. Like, really getting paid. Mad cash. As in, real mullah. Ching to-the-ching.
‘Who are these people?’ I hear you asking. ‘Do such Kenyan’s really exist?’ Let me decrease your doubts and increase your jealousy rage. Meet THE INSTAFMOUS 5, Kenya’s most influential IG celebs:
She is also called Nyakio. Young, and beautiful of course. She commands a following of more than 191K. Her massive following can be attributed to her looks. She rarely ever shares her posts with anyone. Does she have a clothing line? Seems she does, or is planning to since some of her photos have her adorning T-shirts with caps that have the logo ‘With Mercy’. Is she dating? No traces of any lovey dovey stuff on her handle. But there’s a mention of Ercic One Wash (the celebrity hairstylist) somewhere.
A.K.A. LELO. He is a LELO of all trades. Kwanza he’s a tattooist, he’s a social media Strategist (I told you guys, I told you) and then he’s a young entrepreneur. CEO of Hawtcarter Entertainment. Most of his posts revolve around his arts. Body piercings, tattoo and marketing other products. He has got 133k followers. And, is he single or taken? Like Mercy, he also has no traces of any lovelife in his posts.
First things first, she is eight months pregnant (???), which means in a month she’s popping a Chechelet. A source says that some oga brother is responsible for this (I knew!). Other sources say… OOOUUU, scratch dat! Cheche has 128k followers on her IG and she seems to have deleted some of her initial posts since right now she has less than 10 posts. You still wanna ask whether she’s single when I said above she’s popping soon?
I really think this lady looks like Huddah Monroe, in a way. Or most strikingly the TZ video vixen in the Naiboi/Darassa vid. But she is sister to Grandpa signed petite singer Gin Ideal. Her handle is all about her, fashion and a bit of nature. Her following too is majorly due to her amazing beauty. Her huge following has led to her having deals to promote some businesses. Slightly above 114k followers on her IG.
It’s not always about how many followers you have. It’s also about the hu$tle. And this yungin’ can do. Cat is so cocky he refers to himself as ‘Nairobi’s Youngest Sponsor.’ Boom! He’s a very popular guy, with 54k. Shaq is a lover of life, as his posts suggest. He’s very popular and you’ll see him hanging out with some bigwigs like Jamal Gadaffi, Sauti Sol and Vanessa Mdee. He is, I in my opinion, the most effective influencer I’ve featured here. He uses his handle to post about events, his day-to-day activities and promote some businesses.