Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa had some pretty good piece of advice when he joined Classic’s Maina Kageni for a studio interview.
Peter Ndegwa was announced as the new Safaricom CEO, taking over the reigns from Michael Joseph this year.
In the interview, he opened up for the first time ever about his life and family.
He spoke about raising a cute ten year old son with his wife as he climbed the corporate ladder.
‘Family is important. I have a young boy that I am raising with my wife who is ten years old and he has been travelling around, it’s good to being him back so that he knows what Kenya is all about so that he is not asked in future whether he is Kenyan. So family is important’
This CEO dad also gushed about his wife and the sacrifice that she had to make for the family.
Is there something that he also had to give up, that he really wanted?
I think the one thing that I’ve learnt is patience you have to do alot to be able to to deliver what you want to achieve. I think probably you could say that as we traveled around, my wife gave up her career although now she is has discovered another one.
As a CEO, one would wonder where he finds time to squeeze in leisure, and he explains it simply
There’s always a silver lining in everything So you always have to you know work life balances the balance you chose, so there’s a sense of comfort that you could have if you are not in my role, people think we’re very comfortable when your very senior, but there’s an intensity that means that you have to give up certain aspects like sitting around the beach because you are committed to what you do. So there’s aspects of life that you have to sacrifice for you to be successful in a career but for me what I’ve always learnt is stay true to what you believe in and be patient and keep doing the right things,’
Mr Ndegwa has some pretty serious leisure interests.
Some of his hobbies are
‘I like keeping fit, and the reason for that is that for you to lead others, you have to lead yourself, you have to keep fit. Watching sports is important, of course with Covid that’s a problem Also reading, just reading broadly and travelling when it was possible. One of the things we did as we went around the world is to make sure that we travelled around alot We sued the opportunity of living elsewhere to see the the, we even have a map that we have pinned all the places we’ve been’.
What sports does he follow?
‘Football, Arsenal is my favorite team,’