28 September 2019

How many eggs can you fit in an Uber?

This week, a story from my last few weeks in Kenya (eluded to here): the day my friend and I went with John Mayai and filled up two Ubers with eggs. It’s a good example of the struggles and differences in the mindset that come with running a micro-business in East Africa. Plus, a quiz at […]

31 August 2019

East African business ideas in my closet

By the time this email is sent, I’ll have left Kenya “for good”. Sad face. During the final week, I’ve been procrastinating hard to avoid actually packing up everything, though in moments when I was clearing out my wardrobe I did find some interesting things. Most were objects that I’d brought over from the UK […]

13 July 2019

Digital skills in Africa: Interactions with two institutions promoting modern skills for the future

This week I met with two organisations providing people in East Africa with skills for the future. “The future of work” is something I’ve been contemplating a lot recently, and both seem to have developed a view of what the world will look like in 0-20 years, and subsequently designed themselves to equip students accordingly.  Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI) ADMI trains people […]

22 June 2019

Motorbike taxis: Overview on getting around on the back of a boda

This week we’re discussing a form of transport I’d not encountered before moving to East Africa, but that is now my primary form of transit: the motorbike taxi. There’s more than meets the eye to getting on the back of a motorbike and so we’ll cover the history, market dynamics, and improvements to the industry […]

15 June 2019

Notes from Pan-Africa Tech Conference

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week I was at a conference in Nairobi showcasing tech businesses from across Africa. It was a good opportunity to see some of the initiatives being taken by startups on the continent and also listen to discussions by enthusiastic panelists on the role of technology in the development of the […]

23 February 2019

City girl farmers: Farm trip north of Nairobi to see two women in their 20s

Last weekend I visited a farm run by two pretty cool women. Cate and Sylvia (both 28) were in office jobs until last year. Cate, an accountant, and Sylvia, working in HR, felt they wanted to get out and about more and so quit their jobs and got into farming. Cate is a friend of […]

17 November 2018


For the most part, I dress incredibly boring. I’d say 280/365 days a year I wear the same (type of) blue chino trousers, and will rotate a few basic T-shirts/ jumpers depending on the season. Which in Kenya, ranges from bit chilly – quite hot – pretty hot. When it comes to shoes, I was […]

10 November 2018

Mini Mango Adventure

A series of events led to me being able to take a day off work yesterday. I decided to spend it going to a mango farm about an hour out of Nairobi to scope out its commercial potential.

20 October 2018

Video Games: Who knew that Korea was the mecca for gaming?

Have you thought much about the business of video games? I’m not particularly a gamer but a few weeks ago I did a podcast interview with someone who spoke about how it’s a massive industry that is waiting to find its time in Africa. The root of where the lucrative deals come is by turning […]

10 March 2018

The Economist in Africa

On Tuesday The Economist came to Nairobi to host an event on innovation in Africa. I went along (as part of the sponsorship deal for the podcast) and wanted to share some of the key things covered. Unlike other conferences I’ve been to, there was a refreshing level of debate between panelists which facilitated getting to the […]