I STIR UP TROUBLE AND SYSTEMS WORK
Authentic. I try not to be somebody else. I try to be who I am in the moment. I don't believe who we are is a constant. The Eastafrican
Community and community change. I am active in my neighbourhood community of Kilimani, in Nairobi, through the Kilimani Project Foundation. Kilimani generates some of the highest tax revenues for the county yet the roads and security are terrible, and many systems do not work.
I am also passionate about gender issues having grown up in a family of girls, and coming from a community that valued boys more. The adage that says, if you give birth to only girls, then you do not have children. My father went against the grain to disregard these stereotypes. I am a feminist. I am passionate about helping women close the gender gap, but at the same time not creating another one with the boy child. It changes based on life's experiences and the environment.
I wear everything from new readymade outfits to tailored ones; expensive to cheap clothes. I have everything. Lately, I am wearing more of African print. This is part of me maturing as a woman, and being comfortable in my own skin.
There is no one place. In Tanzania, I like the Cape Town Fish Market in Dar es Salaam. In Nairobi, it's different places depending on the food, because I eat out a lot with my daughter.
The place where I find peace is upcountry in Meru. I visit mostly during the holidays. I used to, and Hawaii was top on the list. Then I visited Hawaii and now it is India and Japan. Japan, because of technology and the things they are doing with it, like robotics. I would like to take my daughter there because it is important the next generation becomes comfortable with robotics.
Diversity. From a people's perspective, we are very diverse, which is exciting. Also, the economic sectors are quite diverse, with huge opportunities. We just need to work together and put policies in place to tap into the opportunities.
Music. I have a large collection of music from country, Southern hip-hop, old school... and now I am getting into African music. I have an eclectic ear.
You hear so much about it. When I finally read it, I realised it is really a powerful book. We all need to read it again and again because we seem to have forgotten how society operates.
An air fryer, which allows you to fry food with little or no oil. That was a very thoughtful gift because in my house Friday is chips day.
Time. I have so much going on and my time is limited. I host people a lot in my house. I have slowly come to appreciate that time is the best gift you can give.
Twitter, because it is like a mini-mba. If you follow the right people you gain insight that may have taken years to form. You take it and internalise it and you become more informed. It also gives you an opportunity to express yourself. Tomatoes. A funny thing about tomatoes is that they are part of the produce that informs how interest rates are priced. Sometimes we forget how a tomato is central not only in a household but also in an economy.