Lizzie Wanyoike, the esteemed founder of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS), sadly passed away at the age of 73 on January 14, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that resonates through her contributions as a businesswoman, entrepreneur, educator, and philanthropist.
Born in Murang’a County, Lizzie’s educational journey began at Gathuki-ini Primary School in Wathenge, Muranga County. Later, she transferred to Kahuhia Girls High School in Karuri, Muranga County, where she successfully obtained her High School Diploma. Subsequently, she pursued higher education at Kenyatta University College (now Kenyatta University) and graduated with a Diploma in Education.
Lizzie Wanyoike was not merely an entrepreneur and educator but also a dedicated philanthropist. Her commitment to giving back was manifested through the Lizzie Wanyoike Foundation, which engaged in charitable activities. Notably, the foundation sponsored over 20 disadvantaged students at NIBS and extended its support to numerous students in various Kenyan high schools.
Reports indicate that she passed away as a result of her ongoing battle with cancer, a formidable adversary that claimed a remarkable individual. The confirmation of her passing came through a poignant Facebook post by Joshua Muimi, underscoring the impact of her departure on those who knew her.
Lizzie Wanyoike’s life journey was a testament to her resilience, determination, and commitment to education and community welfare. As we reflect on her achievements and contributions, we honour a woman who not only shaped the landscape of business education in Kenya but also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic endeavours.