@Mpasho

Hapa Kazi tu! Meet the only female matatu graphic designer in Nairobi

7 months ago, 8 Mar 10:46

By: Queen Serem

A growing number of women are breaking barriers and creating innovative concepts. Twenty-three-year-old Saraphina Wambui is one of them. From a young age, Wambui had always dreamt of being a matatu driver. But along the way, her passion evolved and she developed an interest in graphic design. With a mean grade of C+ from St Teresa’s Girls Secondary School, Wambui, the only woman matatu graphics designer in Nairobi, has worked on 15 vehicles plying the Mathare, Kasarani and Embakasi routes. She is pursuing a degree in graphic design at the Technical University of Kenya. During the unveiling of a pink matatu at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi yesterday, Wambui said she chose to pursue the rigorous, but rewarding, journey of entrepreneurship as a way to challenge gender norms and inspire women. She has faced many struggles and experienced triumphs along the way. Wambui said men have discriminated against her, but such challenges only motivate her to work harder. “As an industry that is perceived to be male dominated, some men have harassed me a couple of times trying to bring me down and frustrate my work and the efforts I bring into my job. Others have sidelined me, but I kept on pushing because this is a talent. It is something that I love doing,” she said. Wambui has designed for five years. She started in Kayole and currently works in Industrial Area. She works with a team of three supportive men. Wambui charges Sh100,000 to design and Sh400,000 to include rims, interior and exterior design. She said women are afraid of joining the industry and many become “impatient and are easily discouraged”. The pink matatu that was displayed at the museum courtyard had images of the late Prof Wangari Maathai and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with words including ‘phenomenal woman’ and ‘bold’.
Read More


Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews

Suggested

2 hours ago, 11:32
@Mpasho - By: Lily Mwangi
Ugua pole! Find out what Chipukeezy is suffering from that made him miss his Monday show

The Chipukeezy Show did not air on Monday as usual and fans were worried. ...

Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews
2 hours ago, 11:11
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
RIP! Nairobi Diaries Janet Mwaluda's fiance laid to rest (Photos)

It was pain and agony as Ian Mukuria, Nairobi Diaries director Janet Mwaluda’s fiance was laid to rest. ...

Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews
4 hours ago, 09:52
@Mpasho - By: Geoffrey Mbuthia
Exclusive:"I don't condone violence but he is my G!" Khaligraph Jones speaks about Redsan pounding

Khaligraph Jones is one man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. And he do on most occasions he does. Yesterday we had an opportunity to speak to the man. ...

Category: lifestyle news
6 hours ago, 07:16
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
'I spent 3 million on breast enlargement,' confesses Vera Sidika

Vera Sidika is infamous for spending millions on skin lightening. ...

Category: lifestyle news
5 hours ago, 08:06
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
Serikali saidia! Details about Obado's wife who was questioned over Sharon Otieno's murder emerge

Governor Okoth Obado’s wife Hellen was scheduled to appear before the DCI for questioning yesterday. ...

Category: lifestyle news
1 day ago, 12:42
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
' I am not responsible to anyone's choice, just the same way you can choose to wear condoms or not,' shouts Akothee

Controversial singer Akothee has told off those seeking her opinion on slay queens and sponsors relationships. ...

Category: entertainment news topnews lifestyle

@Mpasho

Hapa Kazi tu! Meet the only female matatu graphic designer in Nairobi

7 months ago, 8 Mar 10:46

By: Queen Serem
A growing number of women are breaking barriers and creating innovative concepts. Twenty-three-year-old Saraphina Wambui is one of them. From a young age, Wambui had always dreamt of being a matatu driver. But along the way, her passion evolved and she developed an interest in graphic design. With a mean grade of C+ from St Teresa’s Girls Secondary School, Wambui, the only woman matatu graphics designer in Nairobi, has worked on 15 vehicles plying the Mathare, Kasarani and Embakasi routes. She is pursuing a degree in graphic design at the Technical University of Kenya. During the unveiling of a pink matatu at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi yesterday, Wambui said she chose to pursue the rigorous, but rewarding, journey of entrepreneurship as a way to challenge gender norms and inspire women. She has faced many struggles and experienced triumphs along the way. Wambui said men have discriminated against her, but such challenges only motivate her to work harder. “As an industry that is perceived to be male dominated, some men have harassed me a couple of times trying to bring me down and frustrate my work and the efforts I bring into my job. Others have sidelined me, but I kept on pushing because this is a talent. It is something that I love doing,” she said. Wambui has designed for five years. She started in Kayole and currently works in Industrial Area. She works with a team of three supportive men. Wambui charges Sh100,000 to design and Sh400,000 to include rims, interior and exterior design. She said women are afraid of joining the industry and many become “impatient and are easily discouraged”. The pink matatu that was displayed at the museum courtyard had images of the late Prof Wangari Maathai and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with words including ‘phenomenal woman’ and ‘bold’.
Read More

Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews

Suggested

2 hours ago, 11:32
@Mpasho - By: Lily Mwangi
Ugua pole! Find out what Chipukeezy is suffering from that made him miss his Monday show

The Chipukeezy Show did not air on Monday as usual and fans were worried. ...

Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews
2 hours ago, 11:11
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
RIP! Nairobi Diaries Janet Mwaluda's fiance laid to rest (Photos)

It was pain and agony as Ian Mukuria, Nairobi Diaries director Janet Mwaluda’s fiance was laid to rest. ...

Category: lifestyle news entertainment topnews
4 hours ago, 09:52
@Mpasho - By: Geoffrey Mbuthia
Exclusive:"I don't condone violence but he is my G!" Khaligraph Jones speaks about Redsan pounding

Khaligraph Jones is one man who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. And he do on most occasions he does. Yesterday we had an opportunity to speak to the man. ...

Category: lifestyle news
6 hours ago, 07:16
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
'I spent 3 million on breast enlargement,' confesses Vera Sidika

Vera Sidika is infamous for spending millions on skin lightening. ...

Category: lifestyle news
5 hours ago, 08:06
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
Serikali saidia! Details about Obado's wife who was questioned over Sharon Otieno's murder emerge

Governor Okoth Obado’s wife Hellen was scheduled to appear before the DCI for questioning yesterday. ...

Category: lifestyle news
1 day ago, 12:42
@Mpasho - By: Caren Nyota
' I am not responsible to anyone's choice, just the same way you can choose to wear condoms or not,' shouts Akothee

Controversial singer Akothee has told off those seeking her opinion on slay queens and sponsors relationships. ...

Category: entertainment news topnews lifestyle
Our App