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Amanda Gicharu the woman that wears many hats

by Vanessa Waithera
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We hear of amazing young entrepreneurs every other day but when you know more about Amanda Gicharu, you can be sure that anything you set your mind to can work. She is the co-founder of the well-known Tech Republic Africa a startup that is primarily for African youth aged 7-19. The programme holds important subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEM). If you’re a foodie, then you might remember her as the Royco Fuata flava cooking contest last year and won 1 million shillings from it. She has proved to be more than beautiful with her achievements that keep astonishing us. Amanda has also been recognised as by the Change Agent awards as one of the women who have created opportunities for girls and women in technology abroad.

In just under a year, Amanda has managed to run over 21 tech educational experiences. She has set up camps, clubs, challenges and workshops for 172 students across 61 schools. From a young age Amanda has always been a young achiever, she has proven that African women can be leaders despite different challenges that face African women. Through her own experiences, Amanda has mentored many girls and women and helped them overcome obstacles.  From a young age Amanda demonstrated her leadership skills in various ways. At 11, Amanda hosted her own national TV show while at only 16 she was her high school valedictorian. While following her dreams and conquering her goals Mrs.Kemoli was named the Young Communicator of the year when she was only 19 for two consecutive years.  By the time she was 21, Amanda was working for the United Nations in Italy; at 23 she completed her masters in the United Kingdom. She would stop at nothing to accomplish her goals because at the age of 25 she was the Head of Consumer and Brand Marketing at Google Kenya and managed to develop several award winning campaigns spanning 35 countries.

Amanda joined Google from the United Nations Developmement Programme where she led content development of critical donor relations where she secured a funding of over $100million. Amanda is rising to be many great things. As she is greatly involved in many things, she is currently a TechWomen Emerging Leader, American Express Ashoka Emerging Innovator, Arch-bishop Tutu Leadership Fellow and Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Fellow. Currently she holds degrees in communication, social entrepreneurship and innovation. Amanda is a great example to all women that no matter the age or sex nothing is impossible.

 

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