How I Made my First Million at 19 – Millicent Omanga

  • Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga has revealed details of how she made her first million at the age of 19 as a student at the University of Nairobi.

    Speaking on Jessy Junction on Monday, March 15, Omanga said she ventured into a side hustle of selling bedsheets that eventually blossomed into a profitable business dubbed Milways Enterprises.

    “I started a business while at UoN. I would go to Eastleigh, buy some merchandise then sell to my fellow students at the facility. That is how I made my first million and bought a car,” she said.

    File image of the University of Nairobi

    File image of the University of Nairobi


    The senator, often dubbed as MamaMiradi, further divulged that while operating the business, she received a tender from a local hotel where she was required to supply various bedsheets.

    Omanga got a loan to meet the requirements and supply the bedsheets. The hotel then paid her one million in cash – a feat she alluded to as a momentous achievement for a young person at the age of 19.

    Among the things she bought included a car although she declined to disclose how much she spent to acquire the car. 

    Omanga said that she put off paying tuition fees to the end of the semester and instead channeled the money to start her business. 

    “I would not pay school fees at the beginning of the semester. I used the money to start a business, but by the end of the semester, I would have collected the money paid school fees before the exam time and also made a profit,” she stated.

    Omanga runs the business to date and claims to be one of the biggest suppliers in Kenya.

    The senator has been at the forefront of the Tangatanga wing rallying behind Deputy President William Ruto.

    This has seen her lock horns with the Jubilee administration who have been purging errant party members for not adhering to the set rules of the party. Omanga was among six senators who were expelled by Jubilee in early February.

    Others included Mary Yiane, Waqo Naomi Jilo, Prengei Victor, Iman Falhada Dekow and Isaac Mwaura.

    However, the political parties Disputes Tribunal suspended the decision by Jubilee arguing that the members ought to get a fair hearing in court.

    Deputy President William Ruto poses for a photo with Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga in 2017

    Deputy President William Ruto poses for a photo with Jubilee Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga in 2017


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