Samchi Group CEO Dr Esther Muchemi has been awarded the African Business Leadership Award as one of the Top 50 Africa Business Integrity Champions 2020.
Muchemi received the award on Thursday, June 25, in a virtual event.
According to the African Leadership magazine board, the award to Muchemi is in recognition of her “commitment to integrity, innovation and excellence in business, having contributed significantly to the transformational growth and development of Kenya’s blossoming telecommunications sector”.
The board also recognised her contribution to the progress of Kenyan communities, especially in the face of Covid-19 pandemic, while leading the recovery process.
In her acceptance speech, Muchemi said she was humbled to accept the award.
“This gives me even a greater opportunity to continue my contribution to economic development, employment and the overall entrepreneurship innovation and growth in Africa and beyond,” she added.
She said her company consists of 13 companies operating in various sectors, including telecommunications, hospitality, media and entertainment, agribusiness, health, micro-financial services and fintech.
“I have employed an approximately 700 staff as at December 2019 and supporting value chains supporting up-to 100,000 people. Entrepreneurship is indeed a catalyst of economic development. A channel to create wealth, to raise the standards of living and to empower the next generation to lead a better quality of life,” she said.
Consequently, Dr Muchemi was part of a virtual panel discussing “Pathways to Africa’s Economic Recovery and Growth. This 4th edition of the Africa Summit, 2020”.
The summit is usually held in London.
The discussants included Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC, Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, Liberian Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, Lord Dollar Popat of the UK House of Lords and Prime Minister’s Envoy to Rwanda and Uganda.
The magazine also launched its Top 50 Africa Business Integrity Champions 2020, a special editorial showcase and listing highlighting the most outstanding organisations and leaders who have done business with integrity, global best practices and strict adherence to laws, governmental policies and regulatory frameworks.
This is, however, not the first award Muchemi is receiving.
In 2017, she was the recipient of the 2017 Global Inspirational Women Leadership Award, awarded by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development in Dubai, UAE.
In the same year, she was inducted into Amazon’s 100 Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame.
Who is Esther Muchemi?
Esther Muchemi is an accountant by profession, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and a corporate executive.
She heads the Samchi Group of Companies, a diverse conglomerate dealing in telecommunications, microfinance, hospitality, real estate, hospitality and digital media and ICT.
She says she started her entrepreneurship journey over 20 years ago after successfully working in corporate and rising to the top of her career in audit.
Companies under Samchi Group include Samchi Telecommunications Limited, Jumbo Communications Limited, Forward Airtime Limited and Mergut Limited.
Others include Samchi Credit Limited, a microfinance company, Samchi Heights Limited, a real estate development company.
It has a chain of hotels in Nairobi, Space International Limited, a virtual office company.