Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Made History in UK

An image of Vanessa Kingori (Left) and Patricia Kingori (Right).
An image of Vanessa Kingori (Left) and Patricia Kingori (Right).
Manoah Esipisu

Over the years, several Kenyans have caught the attention of the world for their remarkable achievements in their career.

In the United Kingdom (UK), two Kenyan sisters, Patricia Kingori and Vanessa Kingori, have not only made history in England but the world as well after making remarkable strides in their careers.

Their achievements have earned them accolades from global leaders with the two receiving global media coverage for their outstanding accomplishments.

Oxford University Professor, Patricia Kingori
Oxford University Professor, Patricia Kingori
The Open University

In December 2021, Patricia made history after she became the youngest black professor at Oxford University. 

At the time, Patricia was celebrated for breaking a 925-year-old record of the prestigious university, which is also the world's second oldest institution of higher learning.

The professor is a sociologist and a senior research fellow whose research in academia was noted during her promotion.

On the other end, Patricia's sister, Vanessa Kingori, made history in 2017 at Condé Nast when she become the first black publisher for the famous Vogue magazine.

To add to her list of firsts, in 2021, Vanessa was appointed as the first Chief Business Officer (CBO) of the company's England division. At the time of her promotion, the company stated that Vanessa had become a force to reckon with in the media industry.

"Kingori brings with her nearly 20 years experience in the media industry with a strong track record for digitalization, business transformation, and change management across multiple brands,” read the statement then.

Despite making the great career strides in the UK, the two sisters were born in Kenya to mother, Patricia Leader, a Caribbean international who got married in Kenya.

They later moved to the Caribbean and later to England where they kick started their career life.

In a statement released by Kenyan ambassador to the UK, Manoah Esipisu, he stated that the two had put Kenya on the map.

"Partnerships are about People and we saw British-Kenyans continue excelling in various fields. Patricia Kingori was appointed Professor at Oxford, the youngest black woman to hold the post. Her sister, Vanessa Kingori, is the acclaimed first black publisher of British Vogue," he stated.

Vanessa Kingori posing for a photo
Vanessa Kingori posing for a photo