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Even in the midst of a crisis such as the one brought about by Covid-19, there are positive stories to tell, such as Ms Ogutu Okudo’s.

She is on this year’s “Forbes Africa 30 under 30” list — the only Kenyan. Ms Okudo, 28, is the founder of Women in Energy & Extractives Africa, a social enterprise she founded in 2012. Her initiative, which has a presence in 15 countries with 15 staff, “bridges the gender gap in the oil, gas, mining and alternative sectors in Africa”.

She won a presidential award in 2018 when she was recognised by President Uhuru Kenyatta as one of the young female Kenyan trailblazers. That same year, she won the ‘Under 30 Women in Energy East Africa’ award and, in 2019, the Kenya Upstream Oil and Gas Woman of the Year award. Also in 2019, she addressed the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York, accompanying President Kenyatta as part of the Kenyan delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.

“My initial degree was a bachelor of arts in foreign policy and diplomacy from USIU-Africa. I later realised that it wasn’t challenging enough. By then, I had already started taking a keen interest in the oil and gas industry, which led me to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where I studied for a master of science in oil and gas enterprise management,” she says.

Her organisation carries out gender assessment studies, drafts petroleum policies and generates communication and public relations campaigns, besides organising youth SME capacity building seminars.

“We also implement community engagement frameworks and offer skill trainings to informal sector entrepreneurs,” says Ms Okudo. Nearly 100,000 girls in high schools in Kenya have benefited through her organisation’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Outreach Campaign.

Over 2,000 artisanal miners in Kenya, Uganda, DRC and Tanzania have also benefited from excavation tools and protective gear, while 47,000 women have gained from millions of dollars in community compensation. Besides this, the firm organises financial training and table-banking initiatives for hundreds of women in rural Kenya, giving them access to local and international markets and technology to scale their businesses.

By the year 2050, it is projected that 70 per cent of Africa’s population will be under 35, equating to approximately 1.7 billion youth. Of these, women constitute a little more than 50 per cent. In spite of this, says Ms Okudo, women are still not factored in as key to the economic growth of the continent, due to patriarchal systems.

“Women must be at the forefront as drivers of innovation, technology and research as we are the first to embrace new ideas and frequently recognise the global and local dynamics of development when given the opportunity to drive the agenda,” she argues. Her team is made up of men and women between 18 and 40 years.

“Youth are more in touch with the current plights the world faces and can drive a development agenda that aids their needs both from the rural and urban set-up,” Ms Okudo explains.

“I have always been self-inspired and self-driven but I believe that, though we are all individually strong, when we collectively come together, we are even more powerful and can use our individual strengths to drive an agenda in society that emulates the change we want to see.”

The world is in the throes of a crisis and businesses have been disrupted everywhere. How have her plans for 2020 been affected?

“This is an ideal time for self-reflection, building systems and analysing business models to deal with the pandemic. We are working on creating e-learning platforms for girls to use while at home that are STEM-focused, something we had not envisioned, but as they say, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” she says.

By Nation.co.ke


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GoGreenNaOptiven KAMATA 20K PAP!

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The year 2020 has stretched us in many ways! It has thrown to us numerous twists and turns, while offering us a number of highs and many lows.

But as the year ends, we would love to give you, your family and your loved ones a big smile, especially on these last days of the year with our special December offer, #GoGreenNaOptiven

With a deposit of 500k plus, you can take advantage of this incredible offer this holiday season!

With ready titles, value additions, and ready to build Environment, you can actualize your dream of property ownership.

Call us TODAY on 0723 400 500 or visit our website on www.optiven.co.ke

As Optiven, We wish you and your family a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year ahead🎄


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SUKARI HEIGHTS Affordable Luxury 2 br, 3 Br plus Dsq & studio apartments

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Sukari Heights is magnificently designed luxurious and executive residence offering world class lifestyle.
Starting from Ksh 2.7M. Sukari Heights is located in the most exclusive Kahawa Sukari neighborhood just 15 minutes drive from Nairobi CBD.

The location of these homes avails a short commute to work using an easy transport network, a large choice of dining and entertainment options within easy reach, a low maintenance apartment that offers safety and security, and opportunities to immerse yourself in a socially diverse environment.

Designed to be the finest expression of world class finishes, SUKARI Heights is a rare opportunity to reside in one of the most exclusive addresses in Nairobi.

This immaculately designed apartment is set amongst manicured grounds within a private and secure complex. As a resident, you will have access to lifestyle amenities including, shopping centre, gymnasium, spa, eateries, basement parking etc.
The apartment interiors are designed for the way you live, with features that add beauty and utility to your home.
Expansive windows and balconies offer breathtaking views of the surrounding.
Bright, spacious, airy open-concept interiors flow seamlessly from living to dining to kitchen.
The unit has spacious bedrooms with well fitted built-in closets, with master ensuite bedrooms.

Suitable for family living as well as investment.
As an investor you will enjoy, good ROI owing to Recurring rental income, Property appreciation leading to higher resale value.

Enjoy a flexible payment plan of up to 24 months kes 1.5m deposit.
Elegant 2 br 700ft2 master ensuite kes 3.7m
Luxurious 3 br 915ft2 master ensuite kes 4.8m
Executive 3 br plus SQ 1185ft2 kes 5.7m

Features&Amenities
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Pharmacy
Food Courts
Fitness Club/Gym
Grocery
Salon&Barbershop
Banking Services
High Speed Lifts
Back up Generator
Back up Borehole
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The FIVE levels of Optiven properties

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Here at Optiven, we usually have FIVE Levels of properties. Each level has its set of value additions. The levels are also based on location, proximity to infrastructure. Market prices are thus based on these factor. This ensures that we cater for low, middle and high end customers.

Here are our property Levels:

1. Plots that are Bare: They do not have any value additions on them at all. Their price range from 495, 000_ per plot.

Hope Gardens in Kajiado
Price tag Kshs. 675,000 per plot

(Read more about Hope Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/hope-gardens-kajiado-county/) and Favour Gardens in Kajiado. We do not have many of this type since they are plots that are a bit far from development.

2. Limited Value Added Plots: These plots have graded roads, fence with barbed wire, power not too far and there is scarce settlement. Examples are Rafiki Gardens along Kangundo Rd. @ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot ) – Read more about Rafiki Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/rafiki-gardens-kangundo-road/) and Peace Gardens in Nyeri

@ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot (this is only 500 meters off Tarmac)

3. Standard Value Added Plots (Medium Value Added Plots): On this properties; we do murrum roads, Water on site, elevated water tanks, fence by Mesh and care taker on site. Examples are:

Shekinah Gardens in Kajiado Township

Price tag Kshs. 750, 000

– this project is only 900 meters off Namanga highway.

Shekinah Gardens – Kajiado

Watch more about Shekinah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6pqSDS1OAo&t=14s)

Shalom Gardens in Machakos

Price Tag@ 1,295, 000,

Shalom Gardens Phase 2 Value Add Ons

Garden of Joy in Machakos

Price tag 1.495M per plot.

Garden of Joy – Machakos County

Watch more about Garden of Joy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAIQGde-D7A&t=10s

4. High level Value Additions:

Price Tag: cash Kshs 2,295,000

We do fruits parks, playing fields, elevated water tower, piped water to every plot, we plant hundreds of trees, drainages done, power, house designs and gated community with manned security, community regulations, Home owners Association and a care taker. Example is Victory Gardens Phase Three, Four & Five.

Victory Gardens Phase 3, 4 & 5 taking a new Positive Twist

Watch more about Victory Gardens here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH4xI_7Oxg&t=1s

5. Super Prime Value Addition:

Price range: Kshs. 5m to 12.5m (determined by size of Plot)

This is where we do cabro internal roads, provision of club house, very high end entry gate, stone wall, laser wire, CCTV, water Fountain, high end Steel Galvanized 15 meter high 100,000 liters elevated tank, Orchards, green public parks, house designs, appointed Architect, registered community regulations by the county government, Home owners association, Uniformed Security guards. Two caretakers on site. Example is
Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace – Kiambu

Watch this video on architectural projections of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=2s

Would you wish to own any of these properties? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group:
+254 790 300 300
+254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke
George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VdSuFJ


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