Top 100 Kenyans 2022: The Full List

  • A collage of President William Ruto and some of the finalists of the Top 100 Kenyans 2022
    A collage of President William Ruto and some of the finalists of the Top 100 Kenyans 2022.
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  • Every year, Kenyans.co.ke releases the highly anticipated list of Top 100 Kenyans who stood out and disrupted the status quo countrywide, during the period under review - between January and December.

    The journalists step back to observe the honourees’ individual contributions to the collective Kenyan society in spite of the challenges rocking the country.

    From a continually spiking economy, a relentless drought that has seen over 5.1 million individuals lack food and a heated election season that pushed businesses to the edge, a team of 100 Kenyans gritted their teeth and made a difference in 2022. 

    In honour of the disruptors, Kenyans.co.ke combed through a pool of worthy contenders to create a lean list of 100 individuals who truly stood out.

    A collage of President William Ruto and some of the finalists of the Top 100 Kenyans 2022
    A collage of President William Ruto and some of the finalists of the Top 100 Kenyans 2022.
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    You may be wondering what makes an individual influential enough to be featured on Kenyans.co.ke list of Top 100 Kenyans?

    “This Top 100 Kenyans list literally depicts the people we feel, in that particular year, carried the day and were a great representation of who we are as Kenyans. 

    “Their notable achievements create an impact above and beyond,” stated Edwin Kuria, Top 100 Kenyans Project Manager.

    Kuria noted that at the beginning, nearly 500 individuals were nominated to the list (later narrowed to about 170 individuals) and taken through a rigorous vetting process by a designated Vetting Committee - comprising six individuals hived off of the broader team.

    In this fifth anniversary issue of the annual list (since the official ranking kicked off in 2017), moguls get to interact with politicians, power brokers, artists, kingmakers, journalists and athletes who broke records as well as comedians.

    "We came up with the list through a very elaborate process. It is not a one person thing, it is a whole team that comes together. 

    The team narrows down as we get towards the end of the list because in the beginning, we involve a sample selection of many people to give nominations in different categories of the people they feel have had a profound impact in their sector, and enjoy a certain level of notable experience that actually shows a consistent path. So it is not just one hit wonders.

    "We have a vetting committee. Part of the vetting committee has to go through each and every category and name on that list and vet them against certain parameters. All these have to be within recent years. 

    “We are cognisant of the fact that there are people who have made progress but perhaps their impact has been surpassed by several other people in that industry,” Kuria explained.

    Kenyans on the list were recognised for invention and innovation, championing equality or using a platform to inspire others and making their vision, both for the present and the distant future, apparent.

    Global activist Elizabeth Wathuti, who once inspired President Joe Biden, the leader of the free world, to defy his own security detail for the sake of the planet’s future, has continued to push for a greener planet. 

    Not just in Kenya but in as far places as Germany where a wind energy site is on the brink of destruction to pave way for a coal plant.

    Eliud Kipchoge, who is not just a national icon but a global idol, let his humble demeanor shine through and is much interested in seeing the young generation thrive. 

    Wafula Chebukati, against the sinister forces of the political underworld, ran a peaceful election and delivered a President. Head of state, William Ruto, termed him a national hero. 

    Former President Uhuru Kenyatta, against the forces of Kenyan political nature, gracefully handed over power while Rachel Ruto, a new school First Lady, positioned herself as a force of nature championing for environmental wokeness.

    Citizen TV anchor, Yvonne Okwara, in the year under review, stood out for standing up and questioning the power during the Presidential debate while Comedian Mammito, who broke a record after garnering 1 million Instagram followers, continued to innovate and elevate Kenya’s comedic scene.

    "All the parameters that we have are in and around something recent. There is impact, consistency, what experience do they have?, what kind of policy influence have they enacted, triggered or participated in?, milestones (including awards). That still didn't give us a list of 100 even after doing the vetting. We must have settled at around 170,” Kuria clarified.

    “The sports section was my standout,” he added.

    Here is a list of Top 100 Kenyans 2022 as compiled by Kenyans.co.ke:

Top 100 Kenyans 2022

NGO

  • Aaron Nanok is an agronomist and the head of the Agri-Nutrition Unit in Turkana county. He has been engaged in agricultural advocacy activities in Turkana by promoting Climate… Read More
  • Annabell Waititu is an executive director at the Institute of Environment and Water Management (IEWM). She is a natural resource management expert and has worked in environmental… Read More
  • Ashley Muteti is a maternal health advocate and public relations practitioner.  She is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Zuri Nzilani Foundation, a non-… Read More
  • Dr Betty Gikonyo is the founder and the Chairperson of Karen Hospital situated in Nairobi.  She holds a Master's in Medicine, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery… Read More
  • Elizabeth Wathuti is an environmental conservation and climate activist. She is also the founder of the Green Generation Initiative and sustainability analyst at Sustainable… Read More
  • Eric Muli is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lipa Later, a consumer credit platform that operates in the Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) model. A graduate from Babson… Read More
  • At just 30 years old, Francis Amonde has managed to keep hundreds of learners in school even as the country wages the worst drought in decades. His idea to start Cup of Uji, an… Read More
  • Since 2015, Dr Githinji Gitahi has been at the helm of Amref Health Africa spearheading its operations across several countries within the country. He serves as its Group Chief… Read More
  • Josephine Ekiru is a Kenyan dedicated to wildlife conservancy whose efforts are being felt the world over. As the country battles a ravaging drought affecting wildlife, Ekiru has… Read More
  • Kennedy Odede is a community worker and founder of the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) - an organisation based in Kibera slums. Through his intervention, the organisation-… Read More
  • Nelly Cheboi is a community worker and a social entrepreneur, who has changed the lives of thousands of Kenyans. Cheboi, who hails from a little village in Baringo County, is the… Read More
  • Magero is a renewable energy consultant and a mechanical engineer with over four years experience in the management and design of off-grid energy utilities.  The former student of… Read More
  • Dr Paula Kahumbu is the Chief Executive Officer of Wildlife Direct, an organisation that leads campaigns in wildlife conservation. She has been leading the Hands Off Our Elephants… Read More
  • Dr Toseef Din is the current Chief Executive Officer of the MP Shah Hospital situated in Nairobi.  She is an accomplished management professional with an experience of over 20… Read More

Entertainment

  • Abel Mutua is a scriptwriter, actor and content creator who is a popular household name in Kenya known for his acting in the famous series Tahidi High where he played the role of… Read More
  • Bien Aime Baraza popularly known as Bien is an afro pop musician and a part of the popular group, Sauti Sol with members Savara Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Polycarp Otieno-fancy… Read More
  • Dennis Ombachi is a former Kenya Sevens player popularly known for his explosive run to score a last-minute try to help Kenya 7s beat Zimbabwe 21-17 and qualify for the Olympics… Read More
  • Eunice Wanjiru Njoki popularly known as Mammito is a standup comedian famously known for her performances at Churchill Show. She is also a scriptwriter and does online comedy… Read More
  • Evelyn Wanjiku Mungai alias Eve Mungai is among the young Kenyans reaping big from content creation online. She describes herself as a journalist, YouTuber, and digital content… Read More
  • Catherine Kamau Karanja popularly known as Kate Actress is a Kenyan award-winning actress. She is famously known for her role in the Citizen Tv show Mother In-Law where she played… Read More
  • Kennedy Odhiambo, who is popularly known as Crazy Kennar, is a Kenyan content creator who specializes in comical skits and is a brand ambassador as well. His comical videos on… Read More
  • Lawrence Macharia popularly known as Terrence Creative is a creative director, content developer, scriptwriter and talent manager. Terrence, who is also a comedian and has worked… Read More
  • Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan Hollywood actor who has won various awards in the film industry. She is famously known for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave which was her first-… Read More
  • Mumbi Maina is a Kenyan actor popularly known for her role in the Soap Opera known as Mali. The Actor began her career in 2009 and has featured in both local and international… Read More
  • Nyamari Ongegu popularly known by his stage name Nyashinski is an award-winning Kenyan rapper. In his early career days, he was one-third of a boy rap group known as Kleptomaniax… Read More
  • Tony Kinyanjui popularly known by his stage name ‘Exray’ is a Kenyan Genge tone Artist. He is also a member of a rap group known as Boondocks Gang. Exray is popularly known for… Read More

Media

  • Alex Chamwada is a renowned journalist with experience in international reporting. Chamwada is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Chams Media, an independent content… Read More
  • Eric Latiff is a seasoned journalist at KTN News, having amassed over 20 years in the media industry. Latiff is also a radio host at Spice FM radio which is owned by Standard… Read More
  • Francis Gachuri is a Senior Political Reporter, Editor, and Commentator at Citizen TV under Royal Media Services.  Gachuri also works as News Presenter at Inooro TV, a subsidiary… Read More
  • Jane Chemutai Goin is a Kenyan news journalist currently working at Citizen TV which is under the Royal Media Services (RMS). In her over eight years in her career, Goin has… Read More
  • Joe Ageyo is a household name having worked in several media houses in the country.  Ageyo registers one of the most impressive resumes of service in various capacities and in… Read More
  • John Allan Namu is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Editorial Director of Africa Uncensored. He is a former features editor, reporter and crime investigator at KTN. Namu… Read More
  • Lynn Ngugi is a renowned YouTuber who shares the unheard stories of Kenyans in the country and abroad. She is the founder of Lynn Network and host of The Lynn Ngugi Show. Through… Read More
  • Naipanoi Lepapa is a freelance investigative and feature journalist based in Nairobi. Naipanoi crafted her niche in gender, human rights, health and environmental reporting. She… Read More
  • Smriti Vidyarthi is currently working at Nation Media Group (NMG) as a Senior News Anchor and Editor at NTV Kenya. Smriti presents news alongside Mark Masai, with whom she has… Read More
  • Sophia Wanuna is a journalist and news anchor at KTN News TV.  Wanuna is also Deputy Broadcast Editor at the Standard Media Group. Wanuna started her journalism career at K24 in … Read More
  • Stephen Letoo is a journalist working at Citizen TV which is under Royal Media Services (RMS). The senior political reporter, presenter, and commentator have captured the hearts… Read More
  • Yvonne Okwara Matole is a journalist currently working at Citizen TV under the Royal Media Services (RMS).  Yvonne serves as a Senior News Presenter and a Commentator for the News… Read More
  • Zubeidah Kananu Koome is a seasoned Kiswahili News Producer and Anchor currently working at Standard Group PLC and presenting on KTN News.  On social media platforms, Zubeidah… Read More

Sports

  • Amos Kipruto is a Marathon runner and bronze medalist. He is also the training partner to men's marathon world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge. On October 2, 2022, Kipruto won the… Read More
  • Angella Okutoyi is a Kenyan Tennis player who broke into the limelight in 2022 owing to her outstanding performances in international competitions.  In July this year, she became… Read More
  • Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan athlete currently specializing in the marathon.  He has a well-decorated career as an athlete dating back to 2003 when he won his first major race. … Read More
  • Evans Chebet is a Kenyan long-distance runner who has taken part in various major marathons. Chebet is both the 2022 Boston and TSC New York Marathon winners. On April 18, 2022,… Read More
  • Faith Kipyegon is a Kenyan known for her prowess in the 1500 metres race.  Since her entry into the athletics arena in 2010, Kipyegon has had a decorated career with several… Read More
  • Ferdinand Omanyala is a Kenyan athlete who specializes in the 100 metres and 200m races. Omanyala, 26, is the reigning Commonwealth 100m Champion- a title he bagged in August 2022… Read More
  • Hellen Wawira Kariuki is one of Kenya’s most successful powerlifting athletes. She was introduced to the sport by ex-Kenyan international Gabriel Magu during a medical check up at… Read More
  • Maxine Wahome is a Kenyan racing driver and a former motocross rider. The 26-year-old started her career as an autocross participant before venturing into motocross. In June this… Read More
  • Micheal Oganda Olunga is a Kenyan professional footballer currently plying his trade with Qatar Stars League’s side Al-Duhail.  Olunga, 28, has been instrumental in Al-Duhail’s… Read More
  • Peres Jepchirchir is a long-distance runner who features in road running competitions. Although injuries made her withdraw from major competitions this year, Jepchirchir produced… Read More
  • Ruth Chepngetich is one of the most decorated female athletes in Kenya.  Chepngetich, who trains at the Ngong Hills, has won almost everything there is to win in road races. The… Read More
  • Sharon Lokedi is a Kenyan long-distance runner who takes part in road races. Lokedi is the 2022 winner of the TSC New York Marathon Race where she finished with a time of 2:23:23… Read More

Politician

  • Anne Waiguru serves as the Governor of Kirinyaga County - now in her second term since clinching the seat in 2017 and the Chairperson of the Council of Governors (CoG). In the… Read More
  • Fred Matiang'i is the immediate former Interior Cabinet Secretary under Uhuru Kenyatta's administration.  Prior to joining politics, Matiang'i served as the Eastern Africa… Read More
  • Prof George Luchiri Wajackoyah is a Kenyan politician and the party leader of Roots party of Kenya. He is also a lawyer by profession and a founding Partner of Luchiri & Co… Read More
  • Gladys Boss Shollei is the Woman Representative for Uasin Gishu County and doubles up as the Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly. She played a key role as part of the panelist… Read More
  • Johnson Sakaja is the current Governor of Nairobi County, following his election to the position on the August 9, 2022, General Election.  He previously served as the County's… Read More
  • After leading a successful 42-Year-old career in public service culminating in him becoming the Head of the Public Service, Joseph Kinyua formally stepped down from the role in… Read More
  • Kawira Mwangaza is the first female governor of the county of Meru. Mwangaza, who vied on an independent ticket during the 2022 general elections, floored political bigwigs… Read More
  • Ledama Ole Kina is a Kenyan Senator representing Narok County. He was re-elected to the position during the August 9, General Election in which he played a key role in an effort… Read More
  • Linet Chepkorir, popularly known as Linet Toto, is the Bomet County Woman Representative. A graduate of Chuka University, Toto made history by becoming the youngest Woman… Read More
  • Raila is the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader who served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. An alumni of Kisumu Union Primary School and Maranda High… Read More
  • Tabitha Karanja is Keroche Breweries Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a liquor company based in Nakuru County. She is also the current Nakuru Senator. In 2022, Karanja transitioned… Read More
  • Uhuru Kenyatta was the fourth President of the Republic of Kenya - a position he served for two terms between 2013 and 2022, under the Jubilee party.  Son to the country’s… Read More
  • William Ruto is the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.  Born and bred in Sugoi, Uasin Gishu County, to Daniel Cheruiyot and Sarah… Read More

Business

  • Catherine Muraga currently serves as the managing director of the Microsoft Africa Development Center, Nairobi. She describes herself as a leader who is passionate about applying… Read More
  • Esther Kimani is the founder of Farmer-Life-Line Technology company. She is skilled in seed certification, plant health, food safety, operations management, strategic planning and… Read More
  • Evans Kiragu is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mekan Games.  Kiragu’s firm is one of its kind in Eastern and Central Africa. The hyper-casual games studio… Read More
  • Dr Gideon Muriuki is the Group Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Co-operative Bank. He has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry and has served as… Read More
  • Dr James Mwangi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Equity Bank. In June, Mwangi was feted the Top CEO of the Year award at the 2022 Think Business Banking Awards for his… Read More
  • Jessica Fransisca Colaco has been in the information and technology sector for over 15 years. She is a talent strategist, computer scientist and a musician.  Colaco is an ICT… Read More
  • Judith Adem Owigar has held various positions in the technological field in the last 10 years. She is the founder of Jua Kali Workforce Limited and co-founder of Akirachix.… Read More
  • Wamunyu is the founder and CEO of Jumba Company. The firm simplifies the purchasing and financing of construction materials. The Alliance Girls High School alumni has previously… Read More
  • Keylie Muthoni Ogola is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of a startup called Eco Bana. At Eco Bana, Muthoni and her staff seek to stop menstruation period poverty… Read More
  • Peter Ndegwa is the Safaricom’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His appointment in 2020 made him Safaricom’s first Kenyan CEO. Before joining Safaricom, Ndegwa was the Managing… Read More
  • Rajan Shah is the national chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), a position he assumed in July 2022. Shah is also a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Capwell… Read More
  • Gikandi is an experienced Information Communication and Technology (ICT) expert and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company called Africa’s Talking. The objective of… Read More
  • Wangechi Kamau is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Classic Steel East Africa Limited, located in Nairobi. Classic Steel East Africa Limited specialises in the… Read More

Government

  • Dr Daniel Yumbya is the former Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council Chief Executive Officer(CEO), and the current Health County Executive Member for Machakos County. … Read More
  • Dennis Itumbi is a digital strategist cum journalist. He is widely known for his role in the campaign team for President William Ruto in the run-up to the 2022 General Election.… Read More
  • Dennis Onsarigo is the Chief of Staff at the Nyamira County government. He was appointed by Nyamira Governor Amos Nyaribo on October 28, to help him execute his mandates in his… Read More
  • Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi is the wife of the Deputy President of the republic of Kenya Geoffrey Rigathi Gachagua. Wanjiku rose from humble beginnings (she used to work as a househelp… Read More
  • Dr Belio Kipsang is the Principal Secretary (PS) in charge of Regional and Northern Corridor Development. He served as the PS for Education before moving to the State Department… Read More
  • Prof George Magoha is the immediate former Cabinet Secretary for Education.  He is a Professor of Surgery and a Consultant Urologist. The former CS has been recognised as being… Read More
  • Hussein Mohamed is the State House Spokesperson. Before his appointment as State House Spokesperson, Hussein served as the Communications Director in the William Ruto Campaign… Read More
  • Kanze Dena is the former State House Spokesperson in the executive office of the president of the Republic of Kenya. She also acted as the Head of the President's Strategic… Read More
  • Martha Koome is the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya - a position she took up in May 2021 following her appointment by former president Uhuru Kenyatta. She made history,… Read More
  • Michael Gitonga is the current Director of Corporate Communications at the office of First Lady Rachel Ruto. At the office of the First Lady, Gitonga is in charge of the MAMA… Read More
  • Mohammed Badi is the former Director General of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).  The General was tasked with the responsibility of transforming Nairobi city by former… Read More
  • Hailed as one of the most revered security officers, Noor Gabow is the Deputy Inspector General of the Administration Police Service.  The distinguished officer's vast experience… Read More
  • Patrick Njoroge is the governor of the Central Bank of Kenya - a position he has served since June 18, 2015.  A jack of all trades, Njoroge is an economist and a banker by… Read More
  • Mama Rachel Ruto is the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya. Raised from a  humble background, the First Lady started her education at Likuyani Primary School before proceeding to… Read More
  • Having amassed over 36 years of experience in legal practice, Wafula Chebukati instantly became a key figure in the country's electoral period due to his role as the chairperson… Read More
  • Dr Eva Njenga is the Chairperson of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC). She holds a Master of Medicine (MMed) from the University of Nairobi and has… Read More
  • Dr Maria Othieno Bayerl is a Kenyan facial aesthetic surgeon based in Bucharest, Romania. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the Carol Davilla School of Medicine in… Read More
  • Narendra Raval is a Kenyan industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Executive Chairman of the Devki Group of Companies, a conglomerate in East Africa that… Read More
  • Dr Walter Otieno is a renowned researcher in the health field and the Head of  Paediatrics and Child Health at Maseno University School of Medicine. He holds a PhD in Molecular… Read More

Education

  • Joel Shunza Gitali is a Kiswahili teacher at Busia’s St. Stephen Bujwang'a Secondary School in Busia County. He also doubles as the chairperson of the Kenya Tobacco Control… Read More
  • Prof Paul Wainaina is the current Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University, a position he has held since August 2016. Apart from serving as the VC of KU, he is also a full Professor… Read More
  • Peter Tabichi is a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School, Nakuru County. Tabichi made headlines in 2019 after he was recognised as the best teacher in the world after… Read More
  • Simon Gicharu is the founder and chairman of Mount Kenya University. Gicharu is the current chairman of the Water Service Regulatory Board (WSRB), a position which he will hold… Read More