The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Day in the Life - Morning Briefings in My Security Firm Make or Break My Day

Erick Okeyo is the managing director and CEO of Bedrock Security Services Limited. The company, whose headquarters are in Nairobi, has branches in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley. Erick, who recently joined politics, will be vying for the Nyakach constituency seat on an ODM ticket.

I wake up at 5.30am, take a shower and dress up. I then see my children off to school before taking breakfast. I take heavy breakfast. Mostly I take Ugali and fish with a glass of juice to last me the whole day.

However, it is not always that my wife is able to prepare this. When she can't, I just take something light. After breakfast, I watch morning news and also check my Facebook page for political updates. I leave the house (Kilimani) at 7am and get to the office at around 7.30am.

When I get to the office, I go through all the daily newspapers. As a security firm, we deal with theft cases among others. The morning briefings can make or break my day.

I also go for staff meetings which take almost an hour. After that I check my emails and call potential and existing clients to make sure they are happy with our services.

I leave the office at around 11am for political meetings. I have very many friends in politics. These meetings are mostly about exchanging experiences.

That has motivated me to vie for a parliamentary seat. I foresee a situation where most of my time will dedicated to politics. That is why I already have a general manager to help me run the company in the event of becoming an MP.

After the political meetings which are normally held in various restaurants in town I visit a health club and immerse myself in a Jaccuzi or get into a Sauna.

Not unless I have a function to attend, I make sure that I am home before the 7pm news. Actually I only watch news and political debates. In fact I know nothing about movies. I then take dinner with my wife and children. I go to bed at around 10pm.

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