Meet S.K. Macharia | Chairman of Royal Media Services Limited

Meet S.K. Macharia

Born in Ndakaini Village, Murang'a County in 1942, his parents were squatters in Subukia where they worked on British settler plantations.

His mother died when he was 5. His family later moved to Arusha in TZ. He kept the company of Maasai herds boys, walked long distances with them in search of pasture.

He sat his Kenya African Preliminary Examination (KAPE) in 1958, applied, and got accepted at Kennedy Airlifts in 1962. He couldn't raise the sh4,000 for a plane ticket to the US, traveled for 2 months by road from Kenya to Benghazi Libya, took a ship to England then a flight to the US.

Worked night shifts for eight years as a janitor at Boeing Seattle to raise his college tuition. Earned a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University and a BSc in Accounting from the University of Washington.

Returned to Kenya in 1969, worked briefly in Public Service, left the Public sector in 1979 to run Madhupaper International Ltd, a tissue production company he had started in 1976.

By 1985 Madhupaper, the only tissue manufacturer in Kenya had 300 employees with Rosy its main product.

Founded Royal Media Services in 1990 and grew it to 2 TV stations & over 10 FM stations today, all Market Leaders!


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