NIBS founder Lizzie Wanyoike dies at 72

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NIBS founder Lizzie Wanyoike dies at 72

Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike

Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike, founder of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies. She died on January 14, 2023 at the age of 72. PHOTO | POOL

Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike, founder of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS), has died.

Wanyoike, who was also the founder of Lizzie Preparatory Schools and the Emory Hotel, died on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at the age of 72.

Her family said she was an educator who touched many hearts with her kindness.

“In memory of a remarkable educator. Her passion ignited minds, her kindness touched hearts. A beacon of wisdom, she left an indelible mark on countless lives, gracefully shaping the future,” can – we read in a press release announcing his death.

His funeral and memorial services will be announced at a later date, the family said.

According to records, Lizzie was born in 1951 and her father was a chef while her mother was a housewife.

She studied at Kenyatta University College, now Kenyatta University (KU), and obtained a diploma in education. After graduating, she opened a secretarial training school in Nairobi through a partnership, which she later left.

Former secondary school teacher Wanyoike started the business school project in 2000 with capital of Sh6 million, half of which came from Equity Bank loans, and 25 students.

Read: How I welcomed 6,000 students to the city’s business university

Today, NIBS, which has branches in Thika Town, Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), Kimbo, Ruiru and Ong’ata Rongai, has over 7,000 students.

The Emory Hotel is located in Kileleshwa and is a four-star hotel.

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura mourned Ms Wanyoike, saying she was an educationist and mentor.

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike of NIBS College. Educationist and mentor to many, may she rest in eternal peace,” he said.

Mr Moses Kuria, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Performance and Benefits Management, also mourned the death of Ms Wanyoike.

“I join the rest of the country in mourning an education icon, Madam Liz Wanyoike of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS), who passed away today. Your contribution to the education sector will forever remain in our hearts, you were great in “Everything’s Okay, Sister. Our condolences to your family, the Nibs fraternity, the education sector and the nation,” Kuria said in a statement.

Wanyoike was married to a former MP, but they later divorced.

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