On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the education community mourned the passing of Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike, the founder of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS).
At the age of 72, Lizzie left behind a legacy that spanned educational institutions and businesses, touching the lives of many.
A statement from her family described Lizzie as a remarkable educator whose passion ignited minds and kindness touched hearts.
“In loving memory of a remarkable educator. Her passion ignited minds, her kindness touched hearts. A beacon of wisdom, she left an indelible mark on countless lives, shaping the future with grace,” read part of a statement announcing her death.
Just a few hours before her passing, Lizzie shared an inspirational message on her official Facebook account, quoting a verse from the Book of St. Mark 11:24 that read; “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. May God answer all you have prayed for. Have a wonderful Sunday”.
The funeral and memorial services for Lizzie Muthoni Wanyoike will be announced at a later date.
Born in 1951 to a chief father and a housewife mother earned a diploma in education.
After graduating, she ventured into entrepreneurship by opening a secretarial training college in Nairobi.
In the year 2000, With a capital investment of Sh6 million, half of which was obtained through credit from Equity Bank, she started NIBS College with just 25 students.
Today, NIBS boasts over 7000 students and has expanded its footprint with branches in Thika Town, Nairobi CBD, Kimbo, Ruiru, and Ong’ata Rongai.
.Isaac Mwaura, the Government spokesman, and Moses Kuria, the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Performance, and Delivery Management, expressed their condolences.
Mwaura acknowledged her as an educationist and mentor, while Kuria hailed her as an education icon whose contributions will forever be remembered.
“I join the rest of the country in mourning an education icon, Madam Liz Wanyoike of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS), who passed away today. Your contribution to the education sector will forever remain in our hearts, you were great in every way. Go well my sister. Our condolences to your family, the Nibs fraternity, the education sector and the nation,” Kuria said in a statement.