Kenya’s social media is extremely vibrant with ongoing conversations; from feuds to landmark success announcements that make our lives interesting. There are the stellar women in Kenya, who have contributed positively to the lives of many Kenyans.They don’t always post about their latest getaways or new cars. Instead, they are keen on inspiring the younger generation to achieve greater heights as they have. I have brought you the most influential Kenyan female personalities that we all admire. The list is in no particular ranking or order.
1. Lupita Nyong
At the time of this publication, Lupita Nyong’o had a Facebook audience of 2.3 million. She’s without doubt the most influential Kenyan on social media. Her Instagram followers currently stand at 1.7 million followers while her twitter account has 395K followers. Many young people around Africa look up to her since she has proven that ‘all dreams are valid.’ She keeps her fans updated about her movie projects, her love for Nairobi blue, ugali and greens, her magazine covers, her endorsement deals as well as her photos with her celebrity friends. You can think of anyone from Divergent Actress Shailene Woodley or Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
2. Caroline Mutoko
Over her decade-long radio career, the bubbly personality has accrued hundreds of thousands of fans. She has held international talks, interviewed great musicians, CEO’s, fashion designers and other stellar people from Kenya and around the world. She takes part in various youth mentorship programs. For instance, she’s been a judge in the Google Doodle competition and sits on the board of the Keroche Foundation. Her Facebook page has 768K followers – more than any other Kenyan media personality – and her Twitter has 108K plus followers.
3. Julie Gichuru
She’s definitely one of the most influential female personalities in Kenya. The award-winning media personality was one of the two Kenyan media personalities that got to interact with U.S. President Barack Obama when he came to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. She got to introduce him to the stage amid crazy excitement. Over the past few months, she’s met international celebrities – one of them being Will.i.am – and taken a terrific selfie with presidents. She has 508K followers on Twitter, 382K ‘likes’ on Facebook and 33.5k followers on IG. She is the daughter of Keroche Breweries CEO Tabitha Karanja. Her Instagram page is always on fire any moment she posts something. From designer clothing to her dinner pictures, she keeps the conversation going amongst her fans. She has 178K followers on IG.
4. Moipei Quartet
They have truly rubber stamped Kenya on the global art scene. They recently became the first Kenyans to ever perform at an NBA opening and made the cut for the list of the Top 25 Under 25 Most Promising Young Women. They have 87K ‘likes’ on Facebook and over 5K followers on Twitter.
5. Lilian Muli
The bubbly Citizen TV news anchor is among the most influential Kenyan media personalities. She has 240K Twitter followers and 265K on Facebook. She’s interviewed top local and international celebrities; from Konsens to Avril. She is beautiful and definitely is a bright star in the media realm.
6. Adelle Onyango
The Kiss 100 presenter is one of the most loved Kenyan celebrities. Everytime she is live on Radio, she keeps a lively conversation going. Adelle is also a poet, actress, MC and activist. Her Project ‘She’ campaign is all about empowering women. She has 67K followers on Twitter, 28K ‘likes’ on Facebook and 42K IG followers.
7. Anne Kiguta
She’s beautiful and hardworking. Anne loves selfies with her daughter. She recently interviewed Shark Tank’s Daymond John at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit but has done many more high profile interviews before. Her interests include cooking, politics, governance and reading. Anne Kiguta has 16.5K followers on IG and 259K on Twitter.
8. Sharon Mundia
She’s broken the internet before. This happened when she got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Lonina Leteipan. Her online name ‘This Is Ess’ is a major online brand here in Kenya. Sharon has won a BAKE award for her fashion and style blogging. Sharon is an inspiration to thousands of young and upcoming bloggers out there. She has 28K ‘likes’ on Facebook, 12.9K followers on Twitter and 81.5K followers on IG.
9. Captain Koki Mutungi
The Kenya Airways pilot is the first African female captain to fly a Dreamliner. That has given her mileage in terms of media coverage and social media presence. She has an outstanding personality; has a lasting Wikipedia page and ample online articles about her success story.