Last week, Ndani TV released an episode of “African Dream” featuring Mary M’Mukindia, a Kenyan oil & gas expert, consultant and women’s advocate. In the 20-minute interview, we got to see what life is like for this superwoman, who is a single mother of two.
M’Mukindia spoke about women and business, saying that women should speak up for themselves when it comes taking responsibility. “You have to develop that sense of self-confidence. Don’t give your glory to others. Take your rightful share of that glory.” She encouraged women to be open, and ask for what they want.
As the former CEO of National Oil, a Kenyan government-owned corporation focused on the petroleum industry, M’Mukindia learnt that working with right people who have the right attitude is very important. “What I think is so important are the people. If we don’t get the people right…Africa won’t work well.”
M’Mukindia also talked about balancing work and family, being a single mother of two teenagers. She never had the choice of being a stay-at-home mother, describing being the sole breadwinner as a “necessity”.
When asked if she was living her African dream, she says, “I think I am…Africa is a beautiful continent, full of zest and brilliant colours. I am proud.”
M’Mukindia has 35 years of experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors at national and international levels. She is passionate about nurturing and inspiring leaders through sharing of knowledge so that they can solve problems and transform lives.
African Dream is an inspirational and factual show that takes an in depth look into the lives and dreams of some of Africa’s most successful and influential personalities. It airs on NdaniTV, with previous episodes featuring the Emir of Kano, HRH Muhammad Sanusi II and Ademola Akinrele (SAN).