Editor's Review

Despite the fame that accompanies their parents, they have managed to chart out successful career paths for themselves.

Politics is one of the most lucrative careers in the country. Every five years, thousands throng the political scene seeking various seats.

The power that comes with holding a public office makes it possible for politicians to live prestigious lives. This also makes it possible for them to provide the best education for the children.

While in some cases children of politicians opt to join politics, others have decided to chart different career paths.

In this article, we review some of the children of veteran politicians who are doing well in their careers that have nothing to do with politics:

Kiprono Kittony

He is the son to the late Paul Kittony and Zipporah Kittony. His father was a teacher at Kabartonjo Primary School while his mother is a veteran politician.

She served as a Nominated Senator in the 11th Parliament (March 2013-August 2017) of Kenya.

Kiprono Kittony is an established business executive and has served in various capacities including; Chairman Radio Africa Group, CEO Capital Realtime Ltd, Chair Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, AAR Health Insurance Chairman, and My Jobs Kenya Chairman and CEO.

In 1997, he tried his luck in politics but was not successful. Apart from business, he is also a respected farmer in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County. He is married to Rosemary Chelangat and together they are blessed with four children.

File image of renowned business executive Kiprono Kittony. [Photo: Courtesy]

Ongeri Nyagaka

He is the son of Kisii Senator Prof Sam Ongeri. According to information on his Linked In profile, he is the founder and CEO of Ubora Advisors, LLC which focuses on issues around risk management and financing.

He is highly experienced in strategy, financing and operations, compliance, capital raising, managing P&L and sales management functions.

He has worked for top corporations that include; Barclays Africa in Johannesburg, Barclays New York, and JP Morgan, South Africa. He is a graduate of Howard University (BA in Business Administration) and Harvard Business School (MBA).

Collage image of Ongeri Nyagaka and his dad prof Sam Ongeri. [Photo: Courtesy]

Zawadi Nyong'o

She is the daughter of Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang' Nyong'o and Dorothy Nyong'o. Zawadi is the founder and CEO of 7th Sense Communications which is a Global Public Relations & Digital Media Agency based in Nairobi, Kenya.

She is also the founder and head of ZeroBy Zawadi, a startup that focuses on Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Staff Recruitment, and Management & Training.

Some of her top skills include; grant writing, fundraising and crowdsourcing. One of her standout projects that went viral in the country is her medical fund campaign for the late Emmanuel Otieno alias Jadudi, which she did in collaboration with Biko Zulu.

File image of Lupita Nyong'o and her sister Zawadi Nyong'o. [Photo: Courtesy]

Ian Waiguru

He is the son of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. Ian is a successful entrepreneur and founder of an IT company dubbed Something Inc.

The company focuses on software development and other technological issues. 

Something Inc also houses two of Ian's other projects; Kadi and Lion Arts. Kila Kadi is a business card replacement app while Lion Arts is a creative writing and illustrative publishing venture.

File image of Ian Waiguru. [Photo: Courtesy]

Maryanne Mudavadi

She is the daughter of Amani National Congress (ANC) Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi. Not much was known about her until she appeared at ANC's delegates conference and made an address during her dad's endorsement as the party's presidential candidate.

Maryanne Studied at the University of Sussex in Brighton, the United Kingdom where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters in Human Resource management.

Currently, she is a recruiter for the Cooperative Bank of Kenya. She previously volunteered at the National Assembly and served as an inter at CPF financial services.