7 Media Celebrities With Lucrative Side Hustles

  • Media personalities Lilian Muli (l), Felix Odiwuor and Lulu Hassan
    Media personalities Lilian Muli (l), Felix Odiwuor and Lulu Hassan
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  • Media celebrities are often known for presenting news, comedy and entertainment in general. However, most have taken on other tasks and some have turned out to be money minting ventures.

    From Lilian Muli, Betty Kyallo to Ken Mijungu, below are celebrities who are not only thriving in their careers but also as entrepreneurs.

    1.) Lilian Muli

    Early this year, the media personality launched an exquisite spa at Sound Plaza in Woodvale Grove, Nairobi.

    The spa is called La Modelle and aims at giving clients a quintessential hair and beauty experience. 

    Muli's parlour offers a range of services including hair, make-up, spa, hair cuts pedicures, manicures among others.

    Previously, Muli owned a fashion shop that dealt with slim fit dresses.

    Citizen TV anchor Lilian Muli's exquisite spa at Sound Plaza in Woodvale Grove, Nairobi.
    Citizen TV anchor Lilian Muli's exquisite spa at Sound Plaza in Woodvale Grove, Nairobi.
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    2.) Jalang'o

    Kiss FM presenter Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang'o is one who would be considered a jack of all trades. Other than being a radio presenter, Jalang'o is a comedian, emcee, Youtube show host as well as an entrepreneur.

    Jalas, as many call him, is a supplier of eggs across the country's capital city.

    "I don't own chicken, I just buy my eggs directly from farmers -mostly from Lari, Kikuyu, and Limuru, then sell them on to major hotels across Nairobi. I handle at least 6000-7000 crates of eggs each week," he told Kenyans.co.ke early this year.

    Several crates of eggs
    Several crates of eggs
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    3.) Fred Obachi Machoka

    Machoka who is known as the 'blackest man in black Africa', is a veteran journalist who has come to be known for his work in radio and TV.

    Machoka is the owner of a ranch in the serene escarpments of Kisaju along the Kitengela-Namanga road at Isinya, Kajiado County.

    The ranch is called Fred's Ranch and resort and specialises in barbecue cuisines and boasts activities like horse riding, quad biking, picnicking, farm tours and a vibrant children’s playground.

    Fred's Ranch and resort
    Fred's Ranch and resort
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    4.) Betty Kyalo

    In June this year, Kyalo unveiled an improved version of her salon 'Flair With Betty'

    The anchor stated that the salon was fully furnished with a massage parlour, a private VIP room for women, a barbershop and a kids salon.

    Since she left K24 TV in May 2020, Kyalo has been focused on expanding her business.

    5 & 6) Lulu Hassan and Rashid Abdalla

    The media couple not only present news on the weekends but also own a production company known as Jiffy Pictures.

    The company has produced several soap operas, including Moyo, Huba, Maza, Mchikicho wa Pwani, Aziza series and Maria.

    One of the shows, Huba, won an award in an event that was held in South Africa in 2019.

    Citizen TV News Anchors Rashid Abdalla (Left) and his wife Lulu Hassan.
    Citizen TV News Anchors Rashid Abdalla (Left) and his wife Lulu Hassan.
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    7) Ken Mijungu

    Media personality Ken Mijungu is one who graced the television screens for seven years at NTV, interviewing a number of newsmakers before he was fired from the station.

    Besides being a media personality, however, Mijungu is an entrepreneur who owns a multi-million car hire company.

    He is the founder of Execar-tive CarHire, a private company that leases vehicles for events and executive transfers. 

    The company prides itself on the delivery of top-of-the-range cars, luxurious small vehicles and spare parts in the easiest way possible. 

    A convoy of vehicles owned by Execar-tive CarHire
    A convoy of vehicles owned by Execar-tive CarHire
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