Carey Eaton, co-founder of the One Africa Media group of companies – Cheki, BrighterMonday, BuyRentKenya and StayNow in Kenya, as well as similar Internet businesses across Africa – passed away Thursday morning.
In an official statement released by One Africa Media, the inspirational leader of the technology revolution happening across the continent of Africa, passed away in tragic circumstances after an armed robbery.
“It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the untimely death of Kenyan businessman Carey Eaton, who passed away in tragic circumstances after an armed robbery at a friend’s home in Nairobi in the early hours of this morning. Carey was the co-founder of the One Africa Media group of companies and one of the inspirational leaders of the technology revolution happening across the continent of Africa. He was on the boards of many companies and was well respected as a leader in the emerging online business sector where he also played a mentorship role to young technology entrepreneurs,” the official statement read.
Previously CIO of the Australian classified group SEEK, Carey returned home to Kenya in 2011 to start Cheki. From humble beginnings he grew Cheki into Kenya’s number one car portal and the larger group of companies into Africa’s largest classified group. The Kenyan operation now includes over 150 people spread across the country.
Carey was intelligent and bold but wielded this gift with a humility that gave all around him the confidence to achieve more than they knew was possible. Carey is remembered by his peers as a formidable business leader that has left a legacy of brands that he helped build, but also as an energetic and passionate human being.
Carey leaves behind his wife Steph, and children Noah, ILola, Ted and Archie.