It is the season of love, and ‘love is in the air’. Lovers can be seen basking in love, even though the last question you want to hear is, “Valentine’s Day is on Monday…. where is your boyfriend?’’
Well, if you currently identify as single and searching, you are not alone. Kenya has tons of eligible (read, unmarried) men and women. Here are some who particularly stand out:
1. Larry Madowo, 34
Boasting of a rich resume in media, Larry Madowo starts off our most eligible bachelor list.
Before going international, Larry started off his TV journey in 2007 at KTN and joined Nation Media Group in 2012.
Come 2018, Larry joined BBC News Africa as a business editor before moving to the US as the corporation’s North America correspondent. In 2021, he joined CNN as a Nairobi correspondent before being promoted to an international correspondent two months later.
2. Tedd Josiah, 51
Most might know Tedd Josiah as a producer but he first started off his career as a musician before switching to production and has since worked with several leading artistes in the country.
He is credited for producing albums like Kenyan, The First Chapter and Kenyan, The Second Chapter. He is also an entrepreneur and the founder of Jokajok African luxury bags.
What is not to love? He is everything a woman could ever dream of, a man who will love you in this life and the next. And the way he is raising his daughter is absolutely gorgeous, their chemistry is out of this world and we are here for it.
3. Trevor Ombija, 33
Trevor Ombija is popularly known for being one of the best TV anchors on television. Trevor has been in the media space for over a decade.
His career journey started off at the China Central Television Africa Bureau, now CGTN as a junior Assignment Desk Editor. He later moved to radio news followed by TV anchoring at Nation Media Group for four years. He is currently at Royal Media Services, which he has called home since 2018.
Yes, with his voice Trevor has us at ‘good evening’ prime time. And if you think his English diction is perfect, then you need to hear his vernacular in that creamy, soft and lustrous voice.
4. Nick Ndeda, 36
Award-winning actor, TV and radio presenter, screenplay writer and producer Nick Ndeda is a doer of many things, as he describes himself.
Nick has been on the airwaves since 2007 when he started off his career at Homeboyz Radio before joining Royal Media Services, where he became the youngest breakfast show host in the country at the time. Nick ended his radio journey in 2021 after he left Kiss 100 FM where he had been a show host.
Nick has the softest eyes and the sweetest heart. Why should a guy be so polite and cute at the same time?
5. Eugene Mbugua, 31
Eugene Mbugua is an entrepreneur, writer, film producer and founder of Young Rich TV. Eugene boasts of being the youngest producer to have had a show on Kenyan television at the age of 22.
In 2014, Eugene was listed by the Business Daily as among Kenya’s male Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs. Two years later, he made it to the Forbes Africa 30 list as the most promising and inspiring young entrepreneurs.
Calm, collected, dreadlocked and spooling stability, Eugene is all these things and more. Why chase a bad boy when you can have a rastaman?
6. Holy Dave
David Muthengi aka Holy Dave is a gospel Hip Hop artiste, TV presenter and probably our favourite social media chef. God, he can cook! Did we mention he is a snack too?
7. Sean Andrew, 28
Blessed with good looks and ties to the former commander in chief of the Republic of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, Sean is definitely an eligible bachelor.
Warding off women is probably something he has to contend with regularly. The model and digital content creator is happily enjoying his bachelorhood and openly searching for love.
8. Mercy Mwangangi, 35
When we speak of beauty and brains, Mercy Mwangangi, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health embodies just that.
She looks stern and serious when she appears on the TV screen giving Kenyans crucial information on the ongoing pandemic, and we can’t help but notice how gracefully she carries herself. And not to mention her polished, professional sense of style.
Mercy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s degree from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
9. Michelle Ntalami, 37
Every time this boss lady posts a picture on social media, it is more stunning than the last. She often showcases her fun, yet driven lifestyle in her popular pages. Whether they are bikini-clad photos by the beach or group videos with her inner circle, Michelle dresses the part of a modern-day it-girl - and she has the work ethic to match too.
Not only is she fun-loving and stylish, but Michelle runs a successful business in the beauty sector. The stunner is renowned as the founder of Marini Naturals, a line of natural hair-care products. The entrepreneur founded the company with a friend, raising it from the ground up to one of the most reputable brands in the industry. The brand has been impressively described by BBC as ‘the haircare line that reaches 12 countries.
10. Sainapei Tande, 36
Sanaipei has been a sweetheart for many since she kicked off her career in music in 2004. From the start, the soulful singer stole hearts with her talent and personality - the great looks were the icing on the cake.
Together with her bandmates at the time, she joined the music scene after winning the Coca-Cola Popstars Talent search that year.
Since then, she has remained effortlessly relevant, releasing hit tracks over the years such as Kwaheri, Simama Imara and Najuta.
In 2005, the sultry-voiced singer began working as a co-host for a popular evening radio show. She quickly solidified her ground as a formidable radio personality, working in three different stations while releasing incredible RnB, Afropop and neo-Taaarab tracks.
Also an actress, she took up karaoke hosting in 2015 lending her voice, star-power and sociable personality to the booming nightlife business.
She dived headfirst into acting in 2017, landing the role of ‘Aziza’ on a same-titled Swahili soap opera. Since then, Sanaipei has secured roles on popular shows like the comedy series Varshita and the Showmax drama Kina, which is currently running.
11. Roshanara Ebrahims, 28
This gorgeous model is the reigning Miss Universe Kenya.
Ebrahims began her modelling journey while she was a student at the University of Nairobi in 2013.
The model won both the Miss and Mrs University titles at her campus in 2014. In 2016, Ebrahims won the Miss World title, which she, unfortunately, got stripped off due to a legal tiff with an ex-partner.
The beauty queen proved to be able to come back from anything and dust off the past gracefully when she was crowned Miss Universe Kenya 2021.
She is young, stunning and determined. What’s not to love about her?
12. Nadia Abdalla Ahmed, 30
She is the Chief Administrative Secretary ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs. Nadia rose to the limelight in 2019 when she joined the Madam President show on KTN.
After the show, she continued to be outspoken about mentorship to the youth, mental health and women empowerment. In 2020, she was appointed by the president as a CAS.
Nadia hails from Mombasa. She did her high school studies there, before moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she did her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Mass Communication. She then moved to Germany for her Master’s degree in Arts International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy.
13. Neomi Ng’ang’a, 34
This fashion entrepreneur joined the entertainment scene as an actress on the popular drama series Tahidi High.
She went on to rise high in the acting ranks with roles in Demigods, Sumu La Penzi and Fundi-mentals.
Neomi has since dipped her feet in the media space and worked as a radio presenter for various renowned stations.
The full-figured beauty is also outspoken about body positivity. Not only is she an activist on the matter, but she also runs a clothing line for plus size women, Style by Neomi, which she founded in 2016.
Speaking to the Saturday Standard, she says she is currently focused on her work: “I am yet to find someone who is serious. The day someone comes with a ring, I will consider him.”
By Lolita Bunde, Kirsten Kanja and Esther Muchene.