6 Kenyan sports personalities with lucrative side businesses


The country’s Sports Brotherhood has undergone a paradigm shift as the world shines into the spotlight on the untapped talent Kenya has to offer.

Breakout stars from different sports, be it soccer, athletics, cricket, rugby, have impressed the world and made history by breaking records.

However, most of the personalities have taken on other duties when they are not on the field or on the track – some have become monetary coins.

Kenyans.co.ke takes a look at six personalities with lucrative sideline jobs.

Dominic Samson Ndingiti (L) will be honored with the SOYA Awards this year: Facebook

Dominic Samson Ndingiti

From humble beginnings, hiking master Dominic Samson Ndingiti made history by winning the country’s first medal for the boys over 10,000 meters.

However, unnoticed by most, Ndingiti was venturing into the Jua-Kali deal at the time the pandemic broke out.

The company was founded as a result of the craft skills of athletes learned at a young age. A jiko costs between Ksh 2,000 and Ksh 5,000, depending on demand.

Adrian Otieno

Otieno, who has a degree in tourism management from Zetech University, is synonymous with playing for Mathare United for the U-20 team.

The footballer runs a successful car wash business in Huruma, Nairobi County. In a previous media interview, he stated that the company was born out of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic – a time when all sporting activities were stopped. He found that out of business he is able to look after his family and provide funds to further his education after schools reopen.

Sylvia Wairimu

Sylivia Wairimu Kinyua was born on December 4th, 1984 and has honed her skills to become one of the elite players on the country’s cricket team.

When she’s not on the cricket pitch, however, Kinyua runs her own water business. The cricketer is the brain behind Rhea Purified Drinking Water.

The shop is on Manyanja Road in Donholm.

Helen Obiri

The world champion over 5000 meters has received several awards over the course of her career. Obiri won gold at the 2017 World Championships in London and defended her title at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. Obiri has broken records in various tournaments.

Athletics aside, Obiri is a farmer who grows food crops to feed the hungry. She found that the company creates bond time with her family

She is currently growing vegetables and corn and wants to expand to other crops.

Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge will cross the finish line at the NN Mission Marathon in the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge will cross the finish line at the NN Mission Marathon in the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.


Eliud Kipchoge

Kenya’s world record holder and revered athlete Eliud Kipchoge collects millions from his career highlights.
Kipchoge sold his pictures taken at the INEOS Challenge in Vienna, Austria for 3 million Ksh. The images were sold in the form of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT).

The acclaimed athlete also owns a tea farm, which he spends most of his time on when not exercising / attending events.

Danson Kago and Kevin Kimani

Rivals on the pitch but friends in business, Kago and Kimani have built careers that extend beyond football. Kago plays for Posta Rangers while Kimani plays for Wazito FC.

However, the duo teamed up to run a sports product company – K-Sports Fitness. The company supplies general sports equipment, fitness and injury recovery products.


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