Blaze, Be Your Own Boss Tv Show (Blaze BYOB) came to an end this Sunday, after 8 weeks of rigorous entrepreneurial and business based challenges by the 12 contestants drawn from across the country.
19 years old Valentine Nekesa from Kakamega county surprised many after she emerged the grand winner of the Ksh. 5 Million from the final three final contestants: Ksh. 3 Million in cash as the other remaining Ksh. 2 Million will go to mentorship and business support.
Valentine beat all odds despite having been on the eviction bench on the first night the Blaze BYOB show aired on Standard Group’s -Kenya Television Network (KTN).
The judges bench which included Artist and Businessman alias King Kaka, Businessman Trushar Khetia and Radio Personality Caroline Mutoko was impressed with the way she had grown from the first day of the 8 week challenge.
“Valentine did not quit on us. Every time we gave her an opportunity to defend herself she did it. She has grown confident and she knows how to – be your own boss,” said Mutoko.
The Mount Kenya University student who is also a part time fashion designer and model, managed to take down two other Blaze BYOB finalists in a challenge that was based on giving their business proposals to the judges and pitching with presentation and confidence playing a major role.
25 year old Safe Joe a self- taught music producer came in second, taking home a prize of Ksh. 1 Million while 21 year old David Kimani who is a Computer Science student and aspiring social entrepreneur third and took home Ksh. 700,000.
For the last 8 weeks, the contestants were evaluated on their ability to perform outstandingly well across a series of tasks that helped assess their business skills, communication skill and if they are team players.
The BYOB REALITY TV show is in line with BLAZE’s promise to empower the youth and teach them how they can be their own bosses, by encouraging them to earn from their passions and talents and igniting a spark in them to achieve their own versions of success.