Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange has fulfilled late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s last wish.
During his last interview on JK Live, Collymore asked Jeff to host female executives who are moving and shaking the industry.
“Promise me that you will do that (host female corporate leaders). In my company, we have some great women, Debrah, Rita, Sylvia. They have a lot to share… and please call us and let us watch the show,” Collymore asked Jeff life on air.
Jeff fulfiled that request.
Few weeks after his send-off, Jeff hosted Serah Katusia, Managing Director at MediaCom, Jane Karuku the CEO Kenya Breweries Limited and Rita Kavashe Managing Director at Isuzu East Africa.
The top female executives were lit.as they shared their career journey, and how they broke through the glass ceiling to be who they are today.
Katusia said, “Leadership is a journey. You have to be willing to take the time and to put the effort as a woman. Sometimes women get the opportunity but do not get the space to be heard. One has to realise that leadership is not given. It is taken.”
As a mother and a CEO, Karuku revealed that Kenya Breweries Limited now has 6 months of maternity leave for its female employees.
“I am happy I made a decision to have a family earlier on in my career. I left for a while and only came back when my children were a little older,” Karuku said.
On the other hand, Kavashe revealed she made many sacrifices;
“I left when my daughter was crawling, I found her walking. I had missed a milestone in her growth.”
The episode shed light into the life of a female CEO and inspired other young minds into believing that it can be done.
This was Bob Collymore’s last wish that was selfless and a gift to all the young female mentees who looked up to him.