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Revealed: How Lawyer Ahmednasir Rose From Being A Shopkeeper To Owning A Bank And TV Station

Renowned Senior Counsel and City lawyers Ahmednasir Abdullahi is among the few names within the corridors of justice that have gained publicity in the career of law.

After giving a glimpse of his palatial house in Karen and the things he owned, many Kenyans were left amazed at how the city lawyer has managed to acquire that wealth.

But not known to many, besides the legal world Ahmednasir is also a businessman with interests in media, banking, and real estate. 

He has leveraged his success as a lawyer to pursue his love for media - under the Al Nur Media Group which he chairs. 

The company publishes the Nairobi Law Monthly and the Nairobi Business Monthly - two magazines that run in the city. It also owns the largest and the first Somali TV channel in Kenya - RTN TV. 

Ahmednasir Abdullahi's early childhood begun in Mandera, where he assisted his father in running their family shop.

However, through his sheer hard work in the academic field, Ahmednasir secured admission at the University of Nairobi where he got his first degree before earning a scholarship to study for a master's degree in law from Cornel University - an ivy league university in New York, US. 

After a short stint teaching law at UoN, he teamed up with another brilliant mind from Mandera, Abdikadir Mohamed - to found Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Company Advocates - one of the top law firms in the country. 

In 2008, Ahmednasir and Abdikadir received the green light to start First Community Bank (FCB) after gathering a group of partners. 

Other FCB founders include Hassan Varvani who is also the bank’s chairman, and Amir Nahdi – a Tanzanian businessman.

“I was having a chit-chat with the former Mandera Central MP, Abdikadir Mohamed, a really brilliant guy, and he suggested the idea and we thought it would work,” the lawyer revealed in a past interview. 

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