Meg Whitman Explains Why Biden is More Vested in Kenya Than Nigeria

  • US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman in a meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2022
    US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman in a meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2022
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  • US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman detailed that the country is ahead of Nigeria due to the number of entrepreneurs in the country.

    The diplomat added the US is keen to invest and establish strong ties with Kenya to guarantee economic growth and development.

    Whitman was speaking on Thursday, November 24, noting that several other factors work to Kenya's advantage.

    An aerial view of Lagos in Nigeria
    An aerial view of Lagos in Nigeria
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    According to Whitman, despite Nigeria having more venture capital, Kenya beats it in terms of percentage Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    "Kenya is strategically positioned and is the leader of tech in east Africa and frankly I believe you could be the leader in the whole of Africa," she stated.

    Whitman further stated that the US is excited to work with the new government of President William Ruto and create more jobs for the youth aged 18-24.

    She added that Kenya is advantaged by the existing big tech companies like Google and Microsoft as well as telecommunication giants.

    On the ongoing drought, Whitman noted the US has generously offered help to the affected areas in the horn of Africa especially in Kenya adding, "We are doing everything possible to be of help."

    "We are very impressed by President Ruto who has made this a priority since he took over, he has been active in the distribution of the food to the affected areas. We hope it rains," she stated.

    Additionally, she encouraged kids as young as those in lower primary to embrace tech due to the technological shift the world is experiencing.

    The diplomat toured different media houses gifting them with the celebratory turkey in honour of Thanksgiving day.

    Additionally, she explained the origin of the annual event explaining the significance of each activity.

    She toured Royal Media Services' Citizen TV, Nation Media Group's NTV, and Standard Group's KTN News.

    US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman carving a turkey at KTN News studios on Thursday, November 24, 2022
    US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman carving a turkey at KTN News studios on Thursday, November 24, 2022
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