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Meet The First Kenyan African To Own A Car From A 4 Shillings Salary He Is 106 Years Old Now.

At a time when no other African Kenyan had a car, he was the first Kenyan African to own a car, and his story is as fascinating as his achievements.

He rose from a KSh 4 salary to become a business entrepreneur and real estate magnate. Gerald Gikonyo Kanyuira was the first Kenyan to own a vehicle.

He was awarded the prestigious city keys by the president.

Gikonyo is from Rwathia village in Murang'a county's Kangema constituency.

He is the last surviving founder of the multibillion-shilling Rwathia Investment Group, which employs over 100,000 Kenyans across the region a company they started in 1930.

 Kanyuira, who is 106 years old, was the first man to proudly drive an Austin, which he purchased with a friend. He paid KSh 300 for the vehicle. Given Kanyuira's low monthly salary of KSh 4, this was a huge stroke of luck. KSh 4 was a large sum of money in his day. In 2021, it's the equivalent of a six-figure wage.

He worked as a casual laborer at the Mathari catholic coffee plantation before moving on to better places.

He had purchased goats to supplement his income by that time, he got a job with Kenya Co-operative Union, earning KSh 20 per month, which was now a better wage.

At the time, an Austin Martin was the smartest car, with 106 horsepower. Kanyuira is a well-known businessman with real estate and business interests. He has 23 children and a smattering of grandchildren spread across Kenya.

He has been married to four wives, three of whom have died. Gikonyo is a proud man and a well-known tycoon.

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