This is Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua.
He revealed that his favourite barbershop, in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD), ran into financial distress in December 2019.
The young men who worked as barbers reached out to Mutua, informing him of the challenge.
They urgently needed Ksh 400,000 to pay rent and a deposit to avoid losing the establishment.
In a conversation with Kenyans.co.ke on Friday, January 31, Mutua disclosed that the reliable, hard-working nature of his long-time barber, Mark, convinced him to support the group which depends on the barbershop for a living.
“Mark has been my barber for over 10 years. He is from Embu, I can even call him very early in the morning and within two hours he is there,” Mutua noted.
A day after he held a meeting with Mark and a lady identified as Sue, to discuss how they could revive the business, Mutua entrusted the entrepreneurs with the Ksh 400,000 they needed to secure the premises.
It soon became apparent, however, that the entrepreneurs needed greater support in terms of capital to kick-start operations at the barbershop.
Mutua invited the entire group of 11 entrepreneurs involved in the business to his office for another meeting.
“I took a bank loan from Equity and I will just pay it from my salary. This is about youth empowerment. I didn’t know any of these people but I said I will make millionaires out of them. It will be open in the next two to three weeks. We have invited Bishop JB Masinde (Deliverance Church-Umoja) among other bishops for the ceremony,” he confirmed