Interview with Sharon Njoroge
In 2015 Sharon Njoroge introduced DisCoucher, Kenya’s first book of discounts. She got the idea while in Dubai where she lived and studied for ten years. But it hasn’t been a breeze: 22-year-old Sharon is a Third Culture Kid, a unique but growing group of Kenyans who have lived and studied abroad, moving between cultures, inadvertently turning into rolling stones. How do they cope when they come back home?
Q Were you worried about starting back in Kenya?
Naturally. I think there was a lot of fear in starting a business, period. And then moving to Kenya, period. They are two completely new things, you know. So it’s like building everything from scratch.
Q Why Kenya when your family is in Dubai?
Kenya is familiar ground and it’s a new market. I also have a father who really believes in Kenya. He loves Kenya. He’s always spoken with such optimism and such hope for the country. He instilled in me that I am Kenyan first and I am always going to end up here.
Q How have you coped so far?
I’ve travelled so much, moved homes so many times that I just learned to adapt. I’ve picked up a habit of switching accents. So I can talk like this one minute, then I can talk with a complete Kenyan accent.
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