Mt Kenya Billionaire SK Macharia: He was a street scavenger, he moved by road from Nairobi to Benghazi Libya in his quest to enter USA, today he is one of the wealthiest man in Kenya
SK Macharia was born in Ndakaini Village, Murang’a County in 1942 in a purely peasantry family to a very poor mother and father.His parents were squatters in Subukia where they worked on British settler plantations under the colonial government. He had three sisters and was the second born.
Samuel Kamau Macharia is a winner of the 2021 East Africa Lifetime Achievement Award and Royal Media Services is the recipient of the East Africa Responsible Investment Mark of Excellence as the East Africa Media Champion of the Year 2021 offered by Public Opinions Kampala Uganda.
SK Macharia whose full name is Samuel Kamau Macharia is a businessmana and one of few people who own choppers in kenya , the founder and Chairman of Royal Media Services. The media company owns and operates Citizen TV and Radio Citizen. He is among the richest people in Kenya
Billionaire SK Macharia was born in absolute poverty to a poor mother and father. Macharia joined Standard 1 in 1954 at Ndakaini Primary School. He was thereafter admitted at Gituru Intermediate School where he sat for the Kenya African Preliminary Examination (KAPE) in 1958. He taught as an untrained primary school teacher at Makomboki Primary School for a year before joining Kahuhia Teachers Training College where he formed a Poor students Forum which he led. A two-year course at the college would see him qualify as a trained teacher (P3) and he was subsequently posted to Gituru Primary School in 1961 where he excelled in teaching while continuing with his gospel of poor youth advocacy.
THE LONG WALK TO LIBYA IN THE QUEST TO REACH THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
He applied for the Kennedy Airlifts and was accepted in the 1962 group. His family could not however raise the 4,000 shillings required for the plane ticket to the United States. He could only raise 1,200 shillings and had to travel for nearly 2 months by road from Kenya to Benghazi, Libya, where he took a ship to England and then a flight to the United States of America. His long walk to Libya was to help him reach the United States of America the land of opportunities. Indeed while in USA, His life changed once and forever. He is among the most successful business magnets in the history of Kenya.
On arrival in USA, he enrolled in Seattle Technical College and completed his high school education two years later. Macharia would later pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Washington. He would then complete a Master of Science in Accounting/Finance, a Master of Arts in Accounting and was certified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Macharia once lived as a street scavenger
After his mother passed on in Kenya, the family; Macharia, his sisters and his father moved to Arusha. While there he kept the company of young Maasai herdsmen. He was with them in the bushes when the colonial government declared a State of Emergency in Kenya and extended the crackdown on Mau Mau dissidents into Tanzania. They decided to forcefully repatriate the Kenyans in Tanzania back to their country. This was 1952.
When he got back to their house in Arusha, he found it burnt to the ground and his family rounded up and gone. He stayed with young Maasai herders who roamed about for two years when he realized that they had roamed to a place near Thika. He stayed behind, and for months, moved around, scavenging for food left overs in the market as he traced his way back to his real home, Ndakaini.
According to international research firm Ipsos, Citizen TV has a 62.5% share of the Kenyan television market in 2016. Royal Media Services radio stations have a combined audience of 80% of Kenya’s population (the main radio station Radio Citizen has a 43% market share). Other brands in the Royal Media Services stable include Inooro TV, Ramogi FM, Inooro FM, Musyi FM, Chamgei FM, Muuga FM, Egesa FM, Bahari FM, Mulembe FM, Wimwaro FM, Sulwe FM, Hot 96 and Vuuka FM
The father of two girls and four boys is said to have greatly diversified his investments. He may be a media mogul, but he is said to be involved in agriculture, transport, real estate and banking, among other investments.
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