, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Businessman Chris Kirubi has been awarded Honorary Chancellor and Life Grand Patron by African Negotiations Institute and Chartered Academy of Negotiators (ANICAN).
Dr Kirubi was awarded for his exemplary work in leadership and mentorship of entrepreneurs in Kenya and the world.
The Group President Alexander Moses says Kirubi has used his experience in helping entrepreneurs in the country gain a firm footing and funding through his businesses that include Centum Group.
Accepting the Award, Kirubi Who is also the Capital Group Chairman said entrepreneurship is the only way that Africa will move forward, urging women to also take part as the economy would double if more women took up more of the entrepreneurial space as well as more leadership positions.
“Africa needs to give their women equal rights, equal opportunities because many women have leadership quality and those who have not practiced their leadership quality should be allowed to show it and use it; I think Africa will only be one of the most developed nations if we allow our women folk to be equal to the men,” Kirubi said while accepting the award.
ANICAN has also launched its operations in Kenya being Africa’s hub that will see entrepreneurs get skills on negotiations and the art of closing deals.
Moses says Kenya has seasoned entrepreneurs and ideas but a lack of negotiation skills see businesses stall and lack funding.
“A lot of Kenyans, Africans are very passionate about doing business. In Kenya I have learnt that it’s called side hustle, but when it comes to how to get foreign funding and international partnerships it poses a problem, we are established to bridge that gap,” Moses said.
Part of the work ANICAN is set to do this year in Kenya includes having the first Africa-USA franchise expo with over 2,000 franchises from the USA expected to participate in the forum in April 2017.
“We are also planning to host a reality entrepreneurship television program dubbed ‘Kenyapreneurship Diaries’ showcasing entrepreneurs from all the 47 counties,” he noted.