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After Being Called A ‘FAKE’ Billionaire, Heshan De Silva Responds To ALL The Allegations

With the press release published by Glass House last week, Heshan De Silva has finally spoke about the accusations laid against him by Kenyans on social media and blogs. The cyber bullying led Heshan De Silva to leave social media for good as he plans to work on himself and his company De Silva Group which he is a minority shareholder.

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In an interview with Larry Madowo this is what he said :

  1. What happened with the PR company that you ‘parted ways?’
    Many different issues that built up over time. It became very difficult to work together and we decided to go our separate ways. From the overall management of our monthly talk to the posts that were being put up on my social media weren’t the look we were going for. I will never put down someone else to get a step up, so we’ll leave it at that. This was a private matter and it should have been handled as just that. This was blown well and truly out of proportion which is very unfortunate.

2. Why go off social media instead of defending your reputation vigorously?

Social media is a funny world. The day before people will say very nice things about you and the very next it will be very negative. I am far too sensitive for my own good and I’m just not built for it. Without immersing myself in all that where I then become a threat to myself, I’m better of being out of it.

3. Grant Brooke tweeted that you’ve been passing off his company Twiga as yours or as a subsidiary. Several people corroborate. What’s the truth?

We have worked with Grant on a few different things. From asking him to seek clients for different fruit/veg products, to going over a couple of products to add value to his chain. I have never owned any part of Twiga. In this space many people think we own parts of companies through association. Frankly and categorically this is false.

4. Why was your Nation FM show cancelled before it launched?

The negotiations were handled between my former PR team and Nation FM. Given that I had agreed to do the show for free, we did not see the fuss of fulfilling all the requirements Nation legal were asking for. Had we been paid to do the show then it would have made more sense to all parties.

5. Are you really a billionaire?

In the words of Eric Omondi, if you sold everything I have – everything – then maybe. You’ve been to my home, Larry, I do ok. I’ll never be defined by a number. For all I care, people can write me off as a thousandaire. I’ll never live for the approval of people or flash wealth in front of them for their approval.

6. What’s the source of your wealth?

Primarily tea exporting to Egypt prior to the revolution. Wealth is a loose word though. Then since the inception of my investment fund we’ve done alright in formalizing low income farmers to create large enough quantities to sell at high prices to bigger markets.

7. You told me when we first met that you’d sold a tea processing firm to Unilever but I still can’t find any evidence of that and Unilever never announced it in Q4 of 2013 as you said

Because the sale never happened. We were hoping it would but when Egypt is your primary customer and its going through a revolution things don’t turn out as you want.

8. Have you really invested in 17,000 businesses? What are some that people can verify?

This is a big misconception with our business. We have 2 arms. One that invests in up to TEN businesses a year like a typical VC. On the other hand we supported a number of social causes. Kiosks, mama mbogas. Businesses that we will not make a cent from. The average cost of setting up one of them is Ksh2500. To put them in the same bracket as an actual business does not make sense.

9. Where are you right now? What happens next?

I am taking time to myself. I thought I could handle being in the public eye but the truth is I can’t. It’s not for me. Neither is the private or public sector. Every week I would speak to at least 3-4 different schools or universities or religious institutions. I have never and will never charge a fee for these. Telling young kids how rough drugs can be and dealing with depression of different sorts. That’s still on the cards.

10. What’s your message to all those saying you’re a fake?

What is fake? At 26 I can manage the rest of my life without having to work again. That is a blessing. So if the main gripe people have with me is if I’m a millionaire or billionaire I want to politely tell those people that there’s more to life than that. We have 22 million people in Kenya living on under Ksh10k a month – I’m going to spend the rest of my time on this planet trying to better that. Not for headlines or tweets but because that’s worth more to me than a wealth list or what car I’m known for driving.

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ZONGELELA : Good Things Ahead For SOC As They Get Signed By Kenyan Billionaire Heshan De Silva

Gospel group SOC will all be smiling from this moment as they finally got that great call from a man who has been changing so many lives in Kenya through his business and acts of charity. Heshan De Silva who is only 26 years and a billionaire has signed gospel group SOC under his record label in which he will be working with them to produce new music that will hit international screens and radios in the next couple of months.

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Heshan De Silva who specializes in business venturing as a venture capitalist revealed the news on his twitter page by stating that he was so excited to be working with SOC who inspired him through their story when they met earlier last week at Yaya.

Heshan De Silva posted :

So excited to be working with the incredibly talented @SOcKenya . Boy Do we have a new tune for next week. Big things.

SOC on their part thanked Heshan and Njoseh who is part of the group posted :

Under New Management!!Told You This Is My Week!!The year of UnCommon Harvest Nothing From Here Will Ever Be Tha Same Koz God Gat This 3 kahawa west Dudes…Taking kenyan Gospel Music to that international level now!!

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GOOD NEWS : After JKL Interview Maurice Odumbe Goes To REHAB And Says He WON’T Let Kenyans Down

A story that started with a post on face-book from Pastor Israel Robert Burale, later covered comprehensively on and later followed by an Interview On JKL, would be that one post that would give former Cricket player Maurice Odumbe a second chance to pursue his purpose.

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Maurice goes to Rehab


12 Yrs After Playing The World Cup , Kenyan Cricketer Maurice Odumbe Is Living As A POOR MAN [click to read] 

Maurice Odumbe on Monday 4 pm was finally taken into a rehabilitation center after his inspiration and heart breaking interview on Jeff Koinange Live a month ago.  The interview drew a picture that brought many Kenyans to tears as they saw a celebrated cricket legend now broken down and living literally as a beggar.

He requested for a tissue as Jeff Koinange asked him how bad it had got and it did really hit him hard as he recalled how life can change at the twinkle of an eye.

This is what you would call from Grace to Grass.

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Fast forward to Monday Heshan De Silva accompanied by his friend GB , Israel Burale and creative director of uliza links decided to show Kenyans why patriotism is all about standing for one another  by taking Maurice Odumbe to Teens challenge rehab center based at ridge-ways, just past Nakumatt along Kiambu road.

After a constructive discussion that took place nearly 2 weeks before the d-day, Maurice Odumbe finally agreed to make the bold step of wanting to be clean and he confirmed it by signing the papers of the rehab facility that would assist him to regain his feet in the next couple of months.

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Business man Heshan De Silva had promised to take the task and indeed he came through to work hand in hand with Robert Burale and the creative director of ulizalinks to make this work.

Maurice on his part said that he will do what he can to remain clean by clearly stating that “I won’t let you down’, which is an exciting statement to hear from a brother whose life was being shattered by drugs.

Robert Burale had posted :

“Sad afternoon. ..I bumped into my old friend Maurice odumbe…. once the best cricketer in this side of the world..he put Kenya in the map..every newspaper was ODUMBE THE BEST. …ODUMBE THE MAN. .but now he is left to wallow in desperation and living like a beggar (his own words)…and he tells me that IBRAHIM BILALI the former boxer is even worse..DO WE FORGET OUR HEROES,??? SAAAAAAD. (I put up this post in Maurice’s presence) LETS HELP HIM”

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It’s quite amazing to see that Maurice will be okay again as he goes through a new journey in life. How great is our GOD.

Now all that is left is for Kenyans to pray for him as he goes through this rehabilitation and you send your contribution to cover the bill on paybill through Mpesa.


If you are touched and are willing to assist you can send your amount on :

Mpesa :

Paybill : 888350
Account : Maurice Odumbe


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How Do You Write A Pitch , Present It And Get Finance For Your Business In Kenya ?  Billionaire Heshan De Silva will be talking about this at the Hesh Talks, a networking forum which brings several entrepreneurs across Nairobi to learn how to run a successful business.

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The event will be held at Cardinal Otunga Plaza, 9th Floor In CBD behind GPO.

To make a booking call 0714 001 891


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“Tweets Hurt At Times” : Heshan De Silva To Work On A Film Of The Meanest TWEETS Said To Kenyan Celebrities

If you are one of the most active twitter users in Kenya you will notice that once in a while a celebrity or public figure will have a twitter crisis. This has increasingly grown to a new level where people talk behind others back and call them the meanest names that makes you wonder why or what caused this.

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Business man/Venture capitalist/Billionaire Heshan De Silva will be working on a film segment series of “Kenyan Celebrities Do read Mean Tweets” with the aim of shedding light on this issue. His major aim with his team is to show what celebrities go through and how better to approach such situations through laughter rather than getting angry.

“People say the meanest things behind your back. When you become more known, they say pretty mean stuff on comment sections on websites. Luckily there comes a tipping point where it stops negatively affecting you and you learn to laugh at it. But we don’t want to let some of these trolls off the hook. So we’re filming a ‘Kenyan Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ segment series for YouTube. Till that is ready, every now and again I’ll pick out a gem I get sent.”

Heshan De Silva posted.

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Young Kenyan Billionaire Acquires A Media Company

Heshan De Silva is one of  the most skilled entrepreneurs we have in Kenya not to talk of him being a Billionaire but he is a guy who loves GOD.

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Aside from that the young Billionaire has part acquired a media company by the name Motion Media and Sound that dabbles in an array of entertainment-related services including artist management, music production, photography, cinematography and graphic & web

The news created a buzz when Hesh De Silva posted on his twitter account that his company will now be venturing in the arts industry.

De Silva is the founder of the approximately US$10 million worth De Silva Group. The Group is the holding company for VenCap, a firm that makes seed investments in Kenyan entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for business. MIS adds to the more than 19 businesses the firm has already invested in.

Motion and Sound on their part co signed with the news by posting the following tweet

This will for sure be a great milestone in the arts industry with the entry of De Silva group and we wish them luck.

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