This month I was priviledged to be among the top leaders of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance KEPSA to celebrate industrialist and leading philanthropist Manu Chandaria. The magnet of entrepreneurship as I prefer to refer to Manu was celebrating his ninety third birthday on 20th September 2022.
For me this was a great inspiration at a time when reaching even the age of 70 is a mirage for our generation today. As an alumni of the University of Nairobi, I schooled in Kabete but the footprint that Manu left especially during my years of study, was felt not just at the main campus but across our university and of course other learning institutions.
It is common knowledge that Manu – famous as The Industrialist – is also a living legend who is the true example of a philanthropy icon. As the Optiven Group Foundation Chairman it was indeed humbling for me even as we look forward to emulate the great work done by Manu.
He has been a great mentor not just to me but to millions around the globe – one of the challenges that I have personally embraced by setting up the George Wachiuri School of Mentorship, to empower small and medium enterprises.
It is the lives and times spent in greatness as was the case during this celebration of Manu that I reminisced on Kenya as a country. Coming soon after the inauguration of the country’s fifth president signals change not just of the president but also of the country, it’s people and those that support Kenya.
As a people, there are many expectations on the new government – many of them about moving to the next level – but even more on the changes that are expected with the government of President Dr. William Samoei Ruto. The changes notwithstanding, each of us is at a threshhold where the betterment of this country is dependent on the input of each Kenyan for the benefit of all.
This is one philosophy that holds true for both my mentor Manu and the new president, Dr. Ruto. At the end of the day it will all be measured by the impact we have in the society. That is why through the Optiven Group Foundation, this September 2022, we continued to impact families in both Kenya and Rwanda.
In Kenya, we held a food donation drive in Nanyuki, Laikipia County while in Rwanda, we donated health insurance to over 85 beneficiaries in Ruhuha, Begesera District in the east.
My challenge to us all is, what are you doing to impact the society? After all as a country it is our unity that will be our greatest strength, locally, regionally and even globally.
George Wachiuri is a leading Entrepreneur, a Published Author, Philanthropist, Youth Empowerment Enthusiast, a Family man and CEO of Optiven Group.