Teresa Nanjala Lubano

— Founder & Creative, Shop Nanjala

Short Bio

I am told I have a talent for design and a business mind for it. I dabble in calligraphy. Have a knack for experiential marketing. Unbeatable at hula hooping. I know a good thing when I see one. Oh, I’m also a self confessed obsessive giver.

Your favourite designed object?

Apple? (the iPhone to be specific)

Favourite read/book?

Roots by Alex Haley and the sequel Queen.

Mentor?

My husband Patrick Igweta (for his foresight and unconditional love), Maya, our little girl (for her wholesome youthfulness and trust) and Mom (for her worldly sensibilities).

Proudest moment?

Birth. Changed my life and attitude to life.

What inspires you?

Nature. Bond 007. Seeing talent flourish. Contemporary African Design. Military. Different fascinating experiences

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?

When I was 9 years old, I had a friend who wanted her ears pierced. I brazenly volunteered. I used a marker, a needle and thread. She healed well and is lucky to tell the tale. Also, I was once a champion breaststroke swimmer in my early youth days.

Favourite plant?

Echeveria Elegans “Mexican Rose”.

Hobbies?

Bake. Swim. Dance. Farm. Growing succulents.

GENERAL INQUIRIES

+254 724567990
hello@shopnanjala.com

Valentine Nekesa

— Operations Lead, Shop Nanjala

Short Bio

My name is Valentine Nekesa, I am a lover of fashion.  I believe style changes but fashion is eternal.

Your favourite designed object?

The Eiffel Tower still dazzles me up to date.

 

Mentor?

My mentor is lady Latoya of Afro Bertine and Vinn Clizz of Vinn Clizz Ltd.

Proudest moment?

My proudest moment is when I was at Kaaga Girls and I actually touched someone’s heart from mentoring them I felt accomplished.

What inspires you?

What inspires me is knowing by making it in life, I am giving hope to someone out there.

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?

After getting up I pray and go on you tube to watch motivational videos.

Favourite plant?

I love rosemary leaves that’s the one plant that excites me because of its multi-purpose use.

Hobbies?

I love to sketch!

GENERAL INQUIRIES

+254 795 008 586
valentine@shopnanjala.com

Velma Obuya

— Chief Finance Office, Shop Nanjala

Short Bio

Simple girl with a big dream and vision. Figures (Numbers) charm me, making money only where there is a positive impact in life. Why finance? Because money is a means!

Your favourite designed object?

Nature plants.

Favourite read/book?

Lean In. Women, Work and Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg

Mentor?

Rosemary Nabwire. (My mother). She is the strongest and funniest woman that I have had the pleasure to be close to.

Proudest moment?

Every morning when I wake up and think of what solution do I bring to earth today.

What inspires you?

My sister, Anita. Best human being on the earth.

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?

I am actually a quiet person.

Favourite plant?

The Jacaranda tree.

Hobbies?

Running, Rafting.

Noella Lubano

— Non-executive Director | Legal Advisor

Short Bio

Sharp. Witty. I’m a great story teller – hence a litigation lawyer.

Your favourite designed object?

Food Processor.

Favourite read/book?

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

 

Mentor?

Mr. George Oraro.

Proudest moment?

Becoming an auntie to my niece.

What inspires you?

Finding solutions.

Nailantei Kenga

— Stylist Consultant, Shop Nanjala

Short Bio

Nailantei Kenga is the Head of Marketing at Carole Mandi Media: The publishers of True Love, Drum and Home & Living East Africa magazines. Also known in the fashion industry as a fashionista she is passionate about great styling, photography and fashion she has worked in the magazine industry for the last 5 years.

Your favourite designed object?

Favourite designed object is a Sol bag I was gifted by Wazawazi designers, it’s the most beautiful leather bag I have ever owned, it’s workmanship, design, the feel  of it is out of this world it’s unbelievably beautiful. I love its aesthetic appeal, it adds a touch of elegance and appeal to my look.

Favourite read/book?

Favourite book/fiction books, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Mentor?

Patricia Mbatia-Macharia

Proudest moment?

When I discovered I was going to be a mum.

What inspires you?

Inspired by creative ideas packaged well, style, art, fashion, beautiful plants and flowers are my abiding obsession. Styling for Shop Nanjala gives me a chance to show the great homegrown talent and versatility in Kenyan designed products.

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?

Something you wouldn’t know about me, I’m a magazine hoarderJ

Favourite plant?

Mother in-law plant tongue and Anthuriams. Anthuriams make lovely gifts because of their eye catching exotic blooms and Mother In-Law tongue is an attractive plant and they removes toxins from indoor air.

Hobbies?

Hobbies; Reading, parasailing, photography and travelling.

Beatrice Mmbone

— Head Gardener, Shop Nanjala

Short Bio

Green thumbs for gardening, planting succulents and crops is my forte. I love seeing things grow.  If you want your succulents to thrive, follow our Nanjala Blooms Tips.

Your favourite designed object?

The mobile phone and Safaricom’s M-pesa product

Favourite read/book?

Bible

Mentor?

I’m inspired by Teresa, our Founder. Also a lady called Eunia, she was a teacher of mine when I was little. She gave me sound advice about life.

Proudest moment?

Take pride in my 5 children getting through school and seeing them excel in their studies.

What inspires you?

The idea that when plants grow they flourish, Id love to have a ‘shamba’ that has many crops that thrive and yield good crop.

Tell us something we wouldn’t know about you?

I’m a Sunday school teacher and lead singer at our church.

Favourite plant?

Sweet potatoes. Interesting that the tubers are nutritious food.

Hobbies?

Singing and taking care of children.

Maya Igweta

— Our Little Apprentice

Short Bio

I usually run in the sun, pluck and admire mom’s plants. I’m not big but I’m really strong and can lift one of the medium size pots in the garden.

I love beautiful things like what’s bright and shinny, Baby TV, remote controls, smart phones, and my colourful  ‘tuta’ hair bands. Most of all I like when my daddy throws me up and plays silly games with me.

I hope when I’m old enough I can do important things that make a difference in our lives.

I’m also currently working with a big ‘duka’ to create gorgeous, yet affordable, range of beautifully products that no home should do without!

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Chief Creative Officer in the making!