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Group CEO and Shareholder of Chandaria Industries, Darshan Chandaria has been voted the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan in the 2nd edition of the annual ranking poll led by international PR & rating firm, Avance Media & Jagari Designs.

Darshan Chandaria who was nominated in the Business category for his exploits in the world of business in Kenya & East Africa got this prestigious endorsement after beating competition from other deserving 99 influential young Kenyans from other sectors to cling the reputable title among young Kenyans.

The multiple award-winning entrepreneur, Darshan Chandaria leads the largest privately owned business group in East & Central Africa which deals in Tissue, Paper, Hygiene Products, Real Estate, and Venture Capitalism. He is an alumnus of the Cardiff University and Harvard Business School.

The ranking which was launched in 2016 was won by Comedian & TV Personality Dan Churchill Ndambuki voted as the 2016 Most Influential Young Kenyan.

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Following keenly in the ranking are: Comedian, Njugush, Footballer, Victor Wanyama, CEO of TALA, Rose Wanjiku Muturi and Youth Advocate, Raphael Obonyo who were voted among the top 5 most influential young Kenyans.

East Africa Managing Director of TALA, Rose Wanjiku Muturi who got the 4th position also got the nod as the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan woman during the poll.

Sharing insights about this year’s polls, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media mentioned; the ranking was instituted to highlight the works of young Kenyans who are contributing in diverse ways towards the advancement of development in Kenya and across Africa.

CEO of Jagari Designs, Janerose Gatobu, mentioned that in honour of the victims of the recent Riverside Attack, the list decided to honour them with the 100th position on the list to reflect the sacrifices they made for the country.

Avance Media also runs same initiative in Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo, Ghana & Cameroon in partnership with various organisations and is expected to release a global ranking in 2019.

Below are winners in the various categories:

  1. Business – Darshan Chandaria, Chandaria Industries
  2. Entertainment – Njugush, Comedian
  3. Law & Governance – Scheaffer Okore, Ukweli Party
  4. Leadership & Civil Society – Raphael Obonyo, Youth Advocate
  5. Lifestyle – Natalie Wanjiru Tewa, Vlogger
  6. Media – Larry Madowo, BBC Africa
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Ruth Ambogo, Young Kenyan Women Leaders
  8. Science & Technology – Thogori Karago, LinkedIn ProFinder
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Ruth Jepchumba Kilimo, Marakwet Girls Foundation
  10. Sports – Victor Wanyama, Footballer

Below is the list of Avance Media’s 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans

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  1. Darshan Chandaria – Chandaria Industries
  2. Njugush – Comedian
  3. Victor Wanyama – Footballer
  4. Rose Wanjiku Muturi – TALA
  5. Raphael Obonyo – Youth Advocate
  6. Larry Madowo – BBC Africa
  7. Ruth Ambogo – Young Kenyan Women Leaders
  8. Natalie Wanjiru Tewa – Vlogger
  9. David Rudisha – Athlete
  10. Betty Kyallo – K24 TV
  11. Scheaffer Okore – Ukweli Party
  12. Steve Mbogo – Politician
  13. Sharon Mundia – Blogger
  14. Ruth Jepchumba Kilimo – Marakwet Girls Foundation
  15. Thogori Karago – LinkedIn ProFinder
  16. Seth Gor – Comedian
  17. Wawira Njiru – Food4Education
  18. Elizabeth Ntonjira – IBM
  19. Nyashinski – Musician
  20. Amina Rabar – Capital FM
  21. Enos Olik – Video Director
  22. Nice Nailantei Leng’ete – Amref Health Africa
  23. Victoria Nkatha Mutai – Motivational Speaker
  24. David Kyalo – Koncepts & Events Ltd
  25. Trushar Khetia – Tria Group of Companies
  26. Naomi Kasi Mue – General Legal Counsel (Adrian Group)
  27. George Kimani – Comedian
  28. Amy Wanday – African Sports Network
  29. Xtian Dela – Blogger
  30. Hilda Moraa – Pezesha
  31. McDonald Mariga – Footballer
  32. Elizabeth Mang’eni – Ministry of Trade
  33. Linet Masai – Athlete
  34. Peris Bosire – Farmdrive
  35. Rita Kimani – Farmdrive
  36. King Kaka – Musician
  37. Nerima Wako-Ojiwa – Siasia Place
  38. Ng’ania Mellissa – Lawyer
  39. Natalie Robi – Werema – Msichana Empowerment Kuria
  40. Patricia Kihoro – OAP
  41. Timothy Otieno – KTN
  42. Mike Muthiga – Fat Boy Animations
  43. Sam Gikandi – Africa’s Talking
  44. Beatrice Ndungu – Motivational Speaker
  45. Stephen Sang – Governor
  46. Audrey Mbugua – Activist
  47. Wilkins Fadhili – Brand Lab Afrika and Man Behind Brands
  48. Shirlene Nafula – Crystal River Products
  49. Sandra Ochola – Tukuka
  50. Danson Muchemi – JamboPay
  51. Winnie Asiti – Activist
  52. Charles Kanyi – MP
  53. Yvonne Mburu – Nexakili
  54. Mumbi Ndungu – Ibua Africa
  55. DJ Mo – OAP
  56. Aaron Cheruiyot – Senator
  57. Bonnie Kim – Motivational Speaker
  58. Makena Onjerika – Writer
  59. Brian Mbunde – Brand Influencer
  60. Douglas Mwangi – Oasis Mathare
  61. Olivia Muiru – B Lab
  62. Ruth Mwanzia – Koola Waters
  63. Linda Kamau – AkiraChix
  64. Joey Muthengi – OAP
  65. Khaligraph Jones – Musician
  66. Natalie Sonia Mukundane – African Youth Commission
  67. John Paul Mwirigi – MP
  68. Fena Gitu – Musician
  69. Meshack Omega Omido – Public Servant
  70. Lucia Musau – Blogger
  71. Adam Maina – Social Media Influencer
  72. Huston Malande – Skyline Design
  73. Abraham Mbuthia – Uza Point
  74. Mercy Chebeni – Senator
  75. Mwalimu Rachel – OAP
  76. Leanne Peris N Kimani – Diner En Blanc Nairobi
  77. Leroy Mwasaru – Greenpact
  78. Victor Matara – Blogger
  79. Antony Nkuubi – Governance Pillar Organization
  80. Anne Kiguta – OAP
  81. Leonida Mutuku – Intelipro
  82. Martin Kiarie – BEAN Interactive
  83. Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor – Athlete
  84. Brenda Wairimu – Actress
  85. Silvia Njoki
  86. Jeff Israel Nthiwa – Destiny Life Coaching
  87. Ekai Nabenyo – Center for Community Development
  88. Elijah Motonei Manangoi – Athlete
  89. Margaret Wambui – Athlete
  90. Grace Sundukwa – y Assembly Member
  91. Paul Kihiko – Wing It Nairobi
  92. Dysmus Kisilu – Solar Freeze
  93. June Syowia – Beiless Group
  94. Octopizzo – Musician
  95. Silas Kiplagat – Athlete
  96. Davidson Ngibuini – OAP
  97. Raymond Karago – Actor
  98. Bedan Karoki Muchiri – Athlete
  99. Rajiv Mehta – Tangerine Investments
  100. Victims of Riverside Attack

The 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans ranking was conducted by Avance Media & Jagari Designs in partnership with Blue Blazer International, VIPI State, COSDEF Group, 1000 African Voices, CliqAfrica, WatsUp TV, & MyNaijaNaira.com



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