From Carrying Sacks of Potatoes to Birthing Kaka Empire…Meet Dennis

Dennis Kamau - Managing Partner - Kaka Empire
By Tabitha Makumi
I don’t know if he remembers this but I met Dennis Kamau way back in the day while in Campus. I was in shags and a mutual friend introduced us. We became friends on Facebook, I promised I would interview him on my blog, life happened as it always does…I  forgot about it. That was in 2012.

Fast forward to 2017. A few days ago, I reached out to him and requested for an impromptu interview. Cool chap, he didn’t take me on a round of “Talk to my P.A” sort of shenanigans which I am normally used to.

 Today, he is no longer the guy I met back in 2012. He’s had one of those “blink and you will miss it”
kind of a journey,” or “Whoa! When did that happen!”

He's a 'big man' today...a honcho if you may...A Managing Partner at Kaka Empire handling some of the greatest local talents such as King Kaka, Avril, Femi One, Timmy Tdat … you get the drill, he is the guy you need on your contact list if you are hoping to have you career take off in the music industry.

A man of few words, here is how the impromptu interview went down

What was your first job?
I used to carry sacks of potatoes and cabbages at a local market in Kimende town

How much were you earning then?
About Kes 100 a day

Who has had the most impact in your professional life?
A guy called Meshack Miyogo (Head of Franchise & Alternative Channels at Liberty Life Kenya) ….He nurtured and mentored me into the corporate world

Best professional advice you’ve had?
You learn every day and that passion and hard work are key to success

What have you done differently to be successful in your career?
I’ve always worked hard and had a positive attitude all the way. Off Course I also did tons of networking

What gets you early in the morning?
Apart from my young daughter, my day’s schedule keeps me going. I am a morning kind of person.

What’s your advice to young Kenyans struggling with unemployment?
That would be to create opportunities for themselves to eke a living. And If I may add, don’t be too choosy with the type of work you do as long as its legal and you get some ‘clean money’ from it.

Are there parts of your job that make you go arrrgh? Be honest…
Not really, I love what I do and enjoy it

If you could go back in time ... What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Work harder

After a long day at work, you like to go home and…
 Play and spend time with my daughter.