Rich: Six Kenyan celebrities with side hustles

Vera Sidika, Akothee, Mustafa, Nyota Ndogo, Jalang’o [Photo: Instagram]

Nowadays a single source of income is not enough to take care of the increasing economic burden. In most cases, Kenyans have turned to entrepreneurship as a second source of income. Majority of them are reaping big from it.

Our celebrities haven’t been left behind either. In fact, some of them are leveraging their fame to attract and retain clients.

Today we take a look at some of the big names in various industries who have successfully set up side hustles.

Nyota Ndogo- Landlord

The veteran songstress has always made it clear that she is not book-smart but definitely street-smart.

The watu na viatu hitmaker is very much open about her Ksh. 10 million investment in two-bedroom rental units in Kaloleni, Voi.

Nyota Ndogo [Photo: Instagram]

Contrary to what many people think, being married to a white person, like Nyota, is not an automatic ticket to financial stability. For the sassy artiste, self-made financial stability has always been her dream.

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Akothee- Akothee Safaris

The self-proclaimed president of single mothers is indeed on her way to financial freedom, if she hasn’t ‘arrived’ yet.

The mother of five is a constant activist of self-made women on social media.

Akothee [Photo: Instagram]

She owns a tours and travel company called Akothee Safaris which operates locally and abroad. Akothee Safaris is a fully licensed company catering for all corporate, group and leisure travel.

Among other businesses she has invested, Akothee is a true definition that you don’t need the A’s on your report card to smile to the bank. She is reaping clean money.

In fact, she is billed as the richest female artiste in the country.

Jalang’o- Selling eggs

Felix Odiwour, a Kenyan entrepreneur, if you like, is a jack of all trades. Jalang’o is popularly identified as actor, director, comedian and radio presenter.

Jalang’o [Photo: Instagram]

But on the side, the witty comedian has successfully ventured in small scale businesses which compliment his main job. About a month ago, Jalas, as he is well known, through Instagram revealed that his side job is supplying raw chicken eggs.

He disclosed that he rears layers chicken and therefore, anyone who is in need of them in plenty, he is the guy to call.

Mustafa- Shoe stalls

Born Daudi Moustapha in Tanzania to a Kenyan father and a Tanzanian mother, the controversial singer has also successfully tried a hand in business and he is actually smiling to the bank.

Mustafa has never been shy to mention that local music does not pay as much.

Mustafa [Photo: Instagram]

Perhaps this is the reason that pushed him to entrepreneurship. The rapper owns several shoe stalls in Nairobi’s Nyayo Estate, Embakasi that provide the latest shoes in fashion and what have you.

It is no surprise that the arguably Kenya’s top hip hop star has a fine taste in fashion, especially his shoe game.

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Betty Kyalo- Salon

When she is not reading news for us, she is probably at her salon treating her customers like Kings and Queens. The sassy mother of one owns a luxury beauty spa located at Mirhab building in Kilimani.

Betty Kyalo [Photo: Instagram]

She opened Flair By Betty almost weeks after quitting the salon and spa business venture, Posh Palace Hair Studio & Spa, which she had co-founded with her then best friend, Susan Kaittany.

For those who have followed her story since day one, can totally agree that Betty Kyallo is no joke when it comes to salon business.

Vera Sidika- Beauty Parlour

The controversial socialite has time and again proved she is not just beautiful but also a smart, business-oriented woman. She owns Vera Sidika Beauty Parlour, which is located at Western Heights, Westlands. This high-end beauty parlour borrows a leaf from famous Beverly Hills spas and salons.

Vera Sidika [Photo: Instagram]

However, unconfirmed reports had it that the business was not doing so well, forcing the former video vixen to go slow on advertising and sourcing new clients from social media.

Anyway, those are up and downs of running a business. Some days are sunny while others are rainy. Nevertheless, we give credit where its due.