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Kevin Mulei: Meet the Owner of the Popular NRG Radio and Founder of Groove Awards!

NRG Radio

NRG Radio is one of Kenya’s most expensive and famous radio stations with one of the greatest and favorite presenters like Mwalimu Rachael and many others. The name NRG is derived from the English word ‘energy’ which gives young people the morale to listen to the shows. The company has expensive high end vehicles including a jeep, Bmw i8, Mercedes Benz and a chopper. The station first went on air on 1st March 2018. It has made the radio experience quite easy since it’s also accessible through the internet and other online platforms. It is the first visual radio station in Kenya and Africa and has become a benchmark for other media houses in the region. Its main target audience is young people between the ages of 16 and 30 years.

NRG Radio Owner.

Kevin Mulei, a renowned businessman in Nairobi is the founder and owner of the station. He is also the founder of the once popular Groove awards as well as Mo Sound Events. Mulei began his career as a DJ (DJ Kev) before quitting and later founded Groove awards with the vision of promoting, supporting and celebrating talented gospel musicians in Kenya. He later opened Mo Sound Events, a creative company that organizes events, provides production services, digital media and entertainment equipment with operations across East and Central Africa.

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Kevin Mulei’s background.

Mulei was born on September 5th 1982 in Kisikeni Village, Machakos County. He was mainly raised by his grandparents since his parents lived and worked in Uganda. He spent most of his time with the grandmother in the farm and this introduced him to the world of business. When he was about nine years old he had his own small vegetable garden where he could farm and sell groceries to make a few cash. Just before he could finish high school, his parents relocated to Gigiri in Nairobi where he joined them and began his career as a DJ. 


He quit the DJ industry and entered the business world in the early 2000’s. His first venture into business was unsuccessful since he didn’t receive any support from stakeholders. He sunk into debts and that’s when he relocated to America. After a year in the states he came back to Kenya having accumulated little cash and decided to give it a shot once again. He started Groove awards which later became very successful in east Africa. In 2019, Mulei won the African Entertainment Promoter Award from Voice Achievers Awards joining the likes of Fatou Bensouda among the winners of the prestigious awards. In 2020 he joined the KCB Lion’s Den and through Mo Sound, he hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that was attended by Barack Obama in Nairobi.

Wife, family and children.

Kevin Mulei is married to Janet Kabugu and they have three children together: two boys and a girl. Apart from being the wife to a successful entrepreneur, Janet is also successful in her field. In 2003, she was crowned Miss World Kenya and she is the managing director of Diamond Junior School in Nairobi. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Nairobi and runs the Janet Muley Foundation where she helps the orphans and street children.

Kevin Mulei net worth.

Mulei gets his income mainly from his events company (Mo Sound Events) since the business has expanded with a branch in Rwanda and Tanzania. Apart from Mo Sound, he earns money through advertisements in his radio station. He also acts as an advisory board member for Diamond Junior School, which was founded by his wife in 2009. He owns luxurious cars with the most famous one being the hybrid BMW i8 which is the only one in Kenya. He paid Ksh 24 million just to import the car. Although his net worth isn’t well documented, it is said to be approximately 2.3 million dollars which translates to 253 million shillings.

NRG radio frequency.

NRG radio frequency in Nairobi is 97.1FM. Initially, the station used to broadcast around Nairobi only but it has grown and now people can listen from as far as Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa. The station also has sister stations, which are Choice radio – 87.7FM and Fun X radio – 91.3FM.

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