Zuri Awards

Welcome to Zuri Awards

It is a platform that recognizes, celebrates, supports and gives a voice to women who are impacting and changing the lives of others in our communities and is part of the annual International Women’s Day Celebration.

Guest of Honor

Title: Cabinet Secretary
Company: Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens, Social Protection and Special Program.

Professor Margaret Kobia is the Cabinet Minister in Kenya Government in the Ministry of Public Service, Gender, Senior Citizens, Social Protection and Special Program. She is a full Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship of Kenya School of Government. Professor Kobia Holds a PhD Degree in Human Resource Education of the University of Illinois, M.Ed. of Kenyatta University and B.Ed. of the University of Nairobi. She received her ‘O’ and ‘A’ level education at Alliance Girls High School. Prior to joining the cabinet she was Public Service Commission Chairperson for five years. She was the founding Director General of the Kenya School of Government 2005 to 2012 where she made a profound contribution in transforming the institution into a truly modern Management Development Institute (MDI) leading to the Institute’s elevation to Kenya School of Government. Professor Kobia has taught Management, Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at University level. Between 2011 and 2016, Professor Kobia served as the Chief Editor of the refereed African Journal of Public Administration and Management.

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Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, where we champion positive change important for the social, economic, cultural, and political advancement of women.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
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Why Zuri

Honoree 2022

Anne Wambui Gaitha

Founder of Regal Africa


Founder of Regal Africa Anne Wambui Gaitha #ZuriAwards 2022 Business nominee has been championing for wealth creation for all and Africa Economic development. Regal Africa is focused on assisting clients to create wealth through Trade and Investments and we continue to support families to create generational wealth through our wealth advisory department and support businesses especially SMEs to access finance, access markets and build capacity as they scale up through our business Institute. Their focus is eradication of poverty on the continent through business.

Amina Haider

JIKO Manufacturing Incubation Facility


Amina Haider, a modest and humble character with drive and discipline, is the brainchild of JIKO Manufacturing Incubation Facility Limited. She has been in the manufacturing industry for the last seven years, graduating from a startup to a successful, competitive business. In her experience, there’s inadequate favourable policy to support MSMEs in the manufacturing industry in Kenya. This has discouraged many entrepreneurs, leaving the concept of freedom of entry into markets to be merely a dream. Amina started a WhatsApp group, “Above the Radar (ATR) in 2019 with the intention of bringing together women venturing into manufacturing, who shared common challenges, and mentoring them from her experience in manufacturing. The group remains highly active with 100+ members, and growing.

Nasenyana Adoket

Development Finance Practitioner


Nasenyana Adoket Mia is a self-driven young single mother with a passion for mobilising and working with young women in rural parts of Turkana, Kenya in improving their livelihoods and dignity. She has 6 years of experience as a development finance practitioner, working on sustainable livelihoods and socio-economic inclusion projects for marginalised women in Turkana county under a Faith-based organisation towards building their resilience.

Ellie Lalaikipiain

Community Empowerment

Arts & Culture

Ellie became an Orphan at early age and took role of my both parents to manage and rise my eight siblings. Through the struggle and hardship and expose by life as a young girl she got pregnant at 14 yrs. And after a lot she was able to overcome challenges and turned it into opportunity to assist young girls and women on empowering Women, widows, Orphans, single mothers, and less privileged in the community.

Marie-Claire Wangari


Young Achiever

RESPEKT- REproductive and Sexual health ProgrammE for Kenyan Teenagers is a youth-led, youth-run initiative based in Denmark and Kenya that aims to advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) on behalf of the Kenyan youth. The organization seeks to contribute to the voice of change by working with key stakeholders in health and education through creating social change. Our programs are curated through a peer-to-peer model aimed at promoting access to information and services in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for young people. Marie-Claire Wangari, is a young medical doctor and one of the founders of RESPEKT. Since 2015, she has actively been involved in running youth-led, volunteer-based initiatives and organizations in the healthcare arena at a national, regional and international level that involve multi-cultural knowledge exchange, youth and resource mobilization, project design and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL). Furthermore, she has been engaged in global health advocacy since 2013 where she primarily advocates for meaningful youth engagement in the attainment of Universal Health Coverage using a human rights approach.Her past experience includes working in a volunteer capacity at the Medical Students Associations of Kenya (MSAKE), the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) and the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN). In all these organisations, she was pivotal in spearheading various policies, frameworks and publications. Currently, she is an executive board member and youth hub coordinator of the African Forum for Primary Care (AfroPHC) and colead on the WHO related policies on COVID-19/Pandemic Preparedness in the World Medical Association, Junior Doctors Network WHO Working Group.In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi.

Deborah Kisongochi

Bungoma Rentals


Meet Deborah Media Nominee #Zuriawards 2022 the face behind Bungoma Rentals. Bungoma Rentals was started 2 Years ago when Covid 19 struck and most people were asked to work from home. Deborah had to look for a cheaper house and due to COVID 19 protocols that had been put

Sharon Korir

Founder Save a Woman Fistula Foundation


Sharon Korir is the founder Save a woman Fistula Foundation’ (herein known as ‘the Foundation’) an organization run by women for women suffering from Fistula in Kenya. Although they primarily focus on obstetric fistula often resulting from childbirth, they also support women with Fistula resulting from rape, cancer, early marriages and female genital mutilation. They provide the much-needed awareness and timely responses with a view to safeguarding the dignity and wellbeing of the survivors and also making Fistula a normal condition that women need not be suffering from.

Ann Nyakinyua

Google Digital Skills Mentor and Trainer


Ann Gathura has a background in BSc. Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is passionate about Mathematics and impacting students into loving the subject. This is also reflected in her Career where Ann, is a Google Digital Skills Mentor and Trainer and has worked with more than 6 million people across Sub-Saharan Africa, guiding them on building an online presence and growing their businesses online.

Hellen Mtawali

Africa Online Vocalist

Special Recognition

Hellen Akoth Omollo Mtawali, wears many hats in the entertainment industry including singing, music judge (ktn I can sing and Tusker project fame) emceeing and many more. She has been nurturing talents for over 20 years now and has had the joy of seeing young talented people who’ve passed through her hands blossom to big names in the industry. Africa Online Vocalist is a platform that nurtures, empowers and transitions talent into the entertainment industry in 5 pillars Singing, Poetry, Drama, Dancing and Writing.

Rukia Sebit

The Sunflower Trust


Rukia Sebit is the founder of The Sunflower Trust and a #ZuriAwards 2022 Nominee. The Sunflower Trust exists to create an environment where adolescent girls can discover as a community, their capacities and potential, achieve self-value, self-actualization and acquiring bodily autonomy and knowledge to make informed choices as measured by health seeking behavior, access to quality education and economic security. Give targeted group an access to quality learning that will reduce their risk of dropping out of school.

Annrose Gathara

Founder of Organic Agriculture Solutions (OAS)


Annrose Wanjugu is #ZuriAwards Agriculture Nominee she is 29 years old. She has a background in food security. She is the founder of Organic Agriculture Solutions (OAS). OAS builds the capacity of women in poultry feed formulation using black soldier fly larvae(BSFL) as the key protein ingredient. They have a demonstration farm where we use organic waste as substrate to rear BSFL. They hold trainings on their farm where women poultry farmers are trained on integrating Black Soldier fly Larvae with poultry so as to lower their production cost.

Nominees 2022


2022 Manufacturing Nominees

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Name:Amina Haider

Organization: Jiko Manufacturing Incubation Facility Ltd

Name:Pauline Okubasu

Organization: Azaavi Foods

Name:Ann Muriuki

Organization: Binti Mwangaza


2022 Media Nominees

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Name:Deborah Kisongochi

Organization: Bungoma Rentals

Name:Margaret Maina

Organization: Nation Media Group

Pubic Service

2022 Public Service Nominees

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Name:Ruth Samoei

Organization: Jewelpet Company Limited

Renewable Energy

2022 Renewable Energy Nominees

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2022 Sports Nominees

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Name:Rael Otieno

Organization: Tunza Sports Foundation

Name:Syombua Kibue

Organization: Syombua Kibue

Name:Rose Maghas

Organization: Rova Academy Limited


2022 Agriculture Nominees

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Name:Annrose Gathara

Organization: Organic Agriculture Solutions

Name:Wanjiku DK

Organization: Kipepeo Green Heritage

Name:Anastasia Mulinge

Organization: Azuree World

Name:Mercy Kimani

Organization: Chaqula Ltd

Arts & Culture

2022 Arts & Culture Nominees

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Name:Hellen Mtawali

Organization: Africa Online Vocalists

Name:Wala Elizabeth

Organization: Wanderlust Diaries Ltd

Name:Ellie Lalaikipiain

Organization: Chui mamas CBO

Name:Muthoni Omukhango

Organization: African Christian Authors Book ward


2022 Business Nominees

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Name:Elishibah Ngunjiri

Organization: The Spring Azalea

Name:Lydia Simiyu

Organization: Pishibora

Name:Anne Gaitha

Organization: Regal Africa Group

Name:Patricia Boitumelo Moeketsi-Njogu

Organization: Tumi Wellness Ltd

Health Care

2022 Health Care Nominees

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Name:Judy Akinyi

Organization: Mamba Tufo

Name:Judy Kihumba

Organization: Talking Hands Listening Eyes On PPD

Name:Catherine Gachutha, PhD

Organization: Community Anti Drugs Coalitions of Kenya (CADCKe)

Name:Rhoda Kariuki

Organization: Twa Assist


2022 Innovation Nominees

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Name:Judy Muthoni

Organization: Judeju Ventures

Name:Zahra Hassan

Organization: Qasil Beauty Ltd

Name:Athena Morgan

Organization: DigiSpaceSafety Ltech Consultancy


2022 Stem Nominees

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Name:Damaris Simiyu

Organization: One a month foundation

Name:Ann Nyakinyua Gathura

Organization: Ann’s Maths Club

Name:Nasenyana Adoket Mia

Organization: Imani Mavuno Group

Name:Wangari Kuria

Organization: Farmer on Fire

Young Archievers

2022 Young Archievers Nominees

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Name:Brenda Nyaringita

Organization: EngineerEd

Name:Joyner Ochino

Organization: Jao Photography

Name:Marie-Claire Wangari

Organization: Respekt- Reproductive and Sexual Health Programme for Kenyan Teenagers

Name:Lisa Wanja

Organization: Vision for Child Education and Empowernment foundation


2022 Humanitarian Nominees

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Name:Sharon Korir

Organization: Save a Woman Fistula Foundation

Name:Dorcus Parit Hsc

Organization: Hope Beyond Foundation

Name:Esther Masika

Organization: Tunu Afrika


2022 Education Nominees

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Name:Esther Wamai

Organization: Kenya Community Centre for Learning

Name:Rukia Sebit

Organization: The Sunflower Trust

Name:Margaret Njeri

Organization: TAFi CBO

Name:Grace Waithera

Organization: Twiga Soma Africa

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The Zuri audience is made up of women who are making an impact in their communities; celebrating change-makers within every sphere of influence. Zuri Awards is about empowering women and provides an enabling platform for women to thrive in. Zuri creates a CSR platform, where government, developmental partners and brands come together to support women entrepreneurs in their journey. Impact and Progress 2017 to Date

The platform has created 10 trade linkages and raised KES 20 million for its nominees through its engagement in the last 6 years

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