Earlier this week, Bien Aime Baraza of Sauti Sol went into business by opening his own entertainment club.
Bien launched the new bar and grill, named The Manhattan, showing up at the event with a few friends. It was an intimate affair, with drinks, food and music setting the mood.
He opened up about his new venture in an interview with YouTuber Eve Mungai, revealing that he has other businesses and is determined to become an established entrepreneur.
“I admire Jay Z’s business acumen and success, and I want to aim for something like that. Opening a club was always something I had in mind and hoped to do,” he said. he declares.
The singer said the club’s name was inspired by a night out with friends in New York, Manhattan.
“I invested in this place with two of my friends who I went to college with. There was a time when we had a Sauti Sol concert in New York, and after the show we went out to Manhattan and had an amazing night. Tukasema tukifungua club, tutaiita Manhattan,” Bien said.
He said spending a lot of time at clubs was another factor that encouraged him to take the plunge and dive into club business. It helps that one of his business partners already owns a club and knows the ins and outs of the pitch.
“I often get paid to make club appearances. So I thought, why not replicate that same success in my own space? It was such a great experience. My fans really came out and supported me. It’s only been open for a month but it’s great.
The singer said he took the month off before officially launching The Manhattan to make sure everything was perfect from the start.
“Even in this short time, I feel like it makes so much business sense. People have been so supportive. Ilikuwa lazima ni make sure kwanza nime pata Everything is going well. Service delivery, food quality and inventory understanding are taken. But now that I understand the background of it all, we move on,” he said.
He added: “I have other businesses, this is one of them. I come from poverty and I never want to go bankrupt, that’s why I work so hard. Forever we multiply.
Although this time around he went with friends, the singer has also ventured into business with his band in the past.
The Afro-pop group delved into the headphones and earphones business in 2021, collaborating with local headphone brand Pace Africa for the project.
“We’ve been together for eighteen years, it’s just the other day that we counted. All the while, our collaboration with pace is one of the most symbiotic synergies we’ve created. We take this decision very seriously. It’s a beautiful, shiny, world-class product,” Bien said at the February 2021 launch.
Another popular personality, Tik Tok creator and dancer David Moya has also recently taken some business action.
Moya launched a beauty spa called Moya City Spa at the end of July. It was a crowded event as his friends and fans showed up in large numbers to support him.
In an interview with Eve Mungai, the dancer revealed that his fans had greatly inspired the solo project.
“I have a lot of female fans; that’s one of the things that inspired me. It was a great way for me to connect with my followers and my friends. I’ve come to appreciate the time the women take to look beautiful and I wanted to support that. Pia ni hustle,” he said.
Speaking of finding the right team for the spa, the Tiktoker noted that it connected with potential employees via social media and conducted a pre-launch interview process.
“It is officially open today but will begin operations on Monday August 1st. I plan to come to the spa often to interact with clients and make sure everything is going well,” Moya said.
He added that the venture was one he had been planning for some time, revealing that it cost him “several million” to open the lavish venue.
“Nime struggle in the past and I don’t want to waste, I want to invest. Na pia mimi ni mfanya biasharahe said, “It’s been my thing for a long time and I’ve loved business since I was in high school.”
He added: “I am grateful to my friends who have urged me to make smart financial choices because they have also inspired me to do so.”
And Moya isn’t the first to see an investment opportunity in the beauty industry – several notable figures have launched salons, hair salons and spas.
Popular influencer Vera Sidika, Lillian Muli and Betty Kyalo – the two media personalities each have an eye on the beauty market in Kenya, having invested in salons and beauty spas.
Sidika owns an eponymous beauty salon, which she opened in June 2018. She moved the salon from Nairobi to Mombasa in September 2020.
“I’m nervous, but I’m also very excited. I’m about to cut the ribbon, which means we’re officially open,” Sidika said at the 2018 launch.
It was a glamorous affair attended by friends from the entertainment scene, true to Sidika’s reputation for throwing mega parties and events.
A tour of the new Mombasa-based spa has been uploaded to YouTube by a channel called Inspire to Inspire. It reveals beautiful finishes and an all-white theme.
Betty Kyalo opened up about her own journey into owning and running a beauty establishment. She opened her salon Flair By Betty in 2018 and uses her impressive social media skills to advertise and market the brand.
The Inspire to Inspire YouTube page featured the beauty salon, which is decorated in detail. It has a space exclusively dedicated to manicures and another to pedicures, and even a space for children.
“I want it to be that when the kids come, if ati wanalia. I want them to enjoy the experience,” Kyalo said during the tour, enthusiastically describing how the youngsters will also participate in fun activities like palm painting.
She spoke to Jalang’o before the tour and explained why she had recently moved the establishment. It was previously located in Kilimani.
“Growth is inevitable. We needed to grow from the old place, which was beautiful, but it was time,” she said.
“I felt I had to give my customers more space, more options and variety.”
And speaking of media personality Jalang’o, he too has explored his entrepreneurial side, owning a restaurant that serves traditional food and African cuisine, Wapek Restaurant.
He opened the Nairobi-based facility earlier this year after hosting a grand opening.
“I hope you already know the new restaurant in town, and it’s called Wapek. Wapek means ‘we are heavy’,” Jalang’o said in a YouTube clip on his channel, adding that the restaurant has two locations.
The funny and cheerful man took viewers on a virtual tour of the stylish restaurant, showcasing lovely African art that can be spotted throughout, showing off the spacious and well-lit facility