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.

Professor Margaret Kobia
In recognition of her distinguished service and contributions to national development, she was awarded the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW), First Class Order of Chief of Burning Spear (CBS) by the President of Kenya in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Professor Kobia was the winner of the Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award 2010 for her strong leadership and outstanding contributions in improving public administration in the Commonwealth.
In 2011, she was honoured by the American Biographical Institute for her dedication and contribution to management in the public service. In 2014, she won a regional recognition as Africa’s most influential woman in Business and Government awarded by CEO Magazine of South Africa.
In 2016, she was awarded a higher Head of State Honours of Moran of Golden Heart (MGH) and in 2021 she was awarded the highest Elder of Golden Heart (EGH) for her strong excellent leadership in public service in the area of women in leadership and decision making, prevention and response to Gender Based Violence, promotion of policies on women in peace and security.
At the International level, she was a member of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) (2017 to 2021), that advices UN Economic and Social Council. She was the Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration Management (CAPAM) 2010-2017, a member of International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs and Cochair of the Effective Institutions Platform (EIP). As an active academic, Professor Kobia supervises PhD research students.
Her research interests include effective Governance, Promotion of Gender equality and inclusivity and Public Sector Management and Consulting.

IWD 2022 THEME: #BreakTheBias

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, yet the global theme continues all year long to encourage action.

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can break the bias in our communities, our workplaces, our schools, colleges and universities. Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

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


Pubic Service

Renewable Energy


Arts & Culture

Young Archievers



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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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