Meet Eugene Mbugua, a Kenyan Entrepreneur Creating Wealth and Empowering His Community
Eugene Mbugua is a content creator, writer, producer, director and the founder of one of Kenya’s most successful television production companies.
His company, Young Rich Television Limited founded in 2013, produces two of Kenya’s most popular TV programs – ‘Young Rich’ – a weekly show that profiles young, successful Kenyan entrepreneurs, and ‘Get In The Kitchen’- an extremely popular cooking show, where men who can’t cook and are being challenged by their partners to prepare a meal.
They would then be taught a recipe by a renowned chef, then rope in a friend to replicate that recipe. Both shows have aired for 9 and 4 seasons respectively, command viewership in the millions, and have sponsorship from several blue-chip companies in Kenya. The company has also created or produced more television shows including; Our perfect wedding, Stori Yangu, my friend, Being Bahati, Foods of Kenya and The best of.
Mbugua also owns My Yearbook Limited, a company that produces yearbooks and publications for companies, schools and governments.
Due to his entrepreneurial spirit, he has prominently featured on several illustrious business platforms such as Forbes magazine and others. The company currently own two bars; Number 7 in the CBD and the latest Number 7 Lion in Westlands. The team plans to expand it to a lucrative 14 branch chain and then flip them.
Mbugua is also into beef farming, he realized that Kenya often does not make its quota for beef. To meet this demand, he decided to join the industry to improve Kenya’s standard. He did not just reach the lofty heights without the assistance of some crucial individuals guiding him along the way. He said in an interview “I owe my growth and learnings from Kenya’s leading entrepreneurs who taught me how to achieve growth from a steady growth to a great work-life balance and constantly delivering consistent work, of which I continue to strive to do.’’
Although, Mbugua’s main work remains on television, he has also branched into Real Estate, advertising and publishing. A Real-Estate company he owns is also developing a 188-unit hostel project to provide housing for students of Kenya’s Egerton University. Mbugua was listed by Business Daily among Kenya’s male top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs, e also won the Kalasha award for best editor for his work on the film Child for Hire in the same year, he was listed among promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in Africa in 2016 and in 2017, Forbes Africa listed him among the top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Africa.
The company presently employs about 40 people and continues to expands his tentacles across Kenya and hopes to reach Africans generally.