Geoffrey Kobia, 25, has quit his high flying job with the multinational General Electric to make his debut in Kenyan politics.While many of his age mates are trying to make an inroad in their careers, Kobia has quit his job to contest for governor in Nairobi.
The second born in a family of four, Kobia graduated from Strathmore University in 2006 with a first class Bachelor of Commerce degree.
He was born and raised up in Nairobi’s Eastlands where he attended a primary school in Dandora before joining Dagoretti High School.
Kobia, who says he understands what Nairobi needs, will vie for the seat on a Narc ticket.He says he used to hawk clothes when he was in secondary school to supplement the little pocket money his parents could spare him.
After school, his mother, a second hand clothes trader at Gikomba market, helped set him up a ‘mitumba’ stall on Kapiti Road in Nairobi’s South B estate.
On joining the university, Kobia says he left the stall to a friend who abandoned it for other interests.
Kobia will be facing off with former Mumias Sugar Company managing director Evans Kidero, businessman Jimnah Mbaru and outgoing Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waititu.
“Politics is a risky affair. It was not easy to convince my family of the decision as some of them are yet to accept. To them l am better off in the corporate world,” he says.
Being a valued employee, the company has given Kobia a sabbatical to make his political debut.
First hired by General Electric as a commercial analyst when he was still at the university, Kobia was last year promoted to commercial development manager in charge of healthcare, managing the East African region.
He was instrumental in the coordination of the Kenya Vision 2030, where he oversaw health development infrastructure and the modernisation of the railway transport system.
Kobia says he left his job because he wants to infuse change in the management of the public sector, especially in Nairobi.