If you ever need advice in regards to entrepreneurship, or overcoming life’s many obstacles coupled with a pinch of crazy facts, then the one person who dishes it out and tells it like it is is none other than Akothee Kenya. The musician, business owner, and renowned dancer is often times more celebrated for her dazzling lifestyle than her many wonderful talents. Over the past few years, she has registered multiple success stories that have played an instrumental role in empowering women, especially in Kenya.
The single mother of five hails from a humble background in Rongo, a village in Nyanza, Kenya. Akothee’s life story is one of determination and persistence. Married at the tender age of 14, Akothee was a young woman raising her children in an emotionally and physically abusive marriage. Perhaps Akothee’s strength roots from her past experiences in marriage. Thinking that she was set to enjoy marital life, Akothee was too stubborn to heed her parents’ advice. She worked as a housekeeper for her mother-in-law while her husband pursued his degree. He then abandoned Akothee to be with another woman. With three daughters, Akothee was divorced from her union by her now ex-husband; that marked a new journey for her.
The passionate mother had to begin from scratch, constantly striving to offer her babies the best. At the age of 24, she decided to go back to school and complete her studies. She relocated to Mombasa and learned how to drive. A strong visionary, Akothee invested in the taxi business. Her determination to succeed led her to driving a taxi in order to make ends meet. She also joined the entertainment industry as a dancer. Her taxi business yielded lucrative profits thereby leading to multiple businesses. Presently, Akothee is a renowned dancer with multiple hits, as well as collaborations with prominent artists in Africa.
Aside from her dancing career, Akothee has established a tour and travel company called Akothee Safaris. She uses her music platform to advertise her business. The travel agency has expanded into a plethora of companies that dispense several services including real estate. In Diani, Akothee is the proprietor of a high-end boutique. Looking at her early struggles and her later achievements, many African women can borrow a leaf from her. Passionate and strong-willed are words that truly describe her willingness to achieve more in life.