Kenyan music executive and businessman, Joe Kariuki, has been awarded the Best African Forex Trader 2019 accolade by the IC Markets, a leading Forex Contract For Difference (CFD) provider based in Sydney, Australia.
Kariuki, who is the founder of the Candy N Candy Group received the award in his 51 Capital offices in Nairobi on Tuesday.
51 Capital is a non-deposit taking and smart loan company that trades in forex and gives soft loans to people with no credit history.
Speaking to the press, the Candy N candy Records chief executive urged the youth to take up forex trading as an income-generating activity instead of waiting for promised jobs that take a lifetime to come or never materializes at all.
“I am happy to be awarded this award. It comes at a period when we have restlessness because of unemployment, especially among the youth. I feel forex trading is still an unexplored sector that young people can venture in since a majority of them are tech-savvy. Armed with only a laptop and Sh10,000, they can easily start the online trading,” he said.
The award comes just a few months after being released from prison in Tanzania. Kariuki spent close to two years in incarceration following his arrest on alleged money laundering accusations. He was, however, found innocent after a successful appeal and released in July this year.
Peter Gicheru, a partner director at 51 Capital, said the company has already initiated 70 trainees for a continental challenge, where the best 10 would be selected and given Sh1 million as seed money to start trading.
“Before they get into trading, we trained and mentored them so that they become knowledgeable on various issues such as knowing the market trends,” he said.