Mubarak Muyika Early life and education
Mubarak Muyika was born in Western Province, Kenya. His father was the district commissioner of Siaya, a senior civil servant, who died when Mubarak was 2, and mother a high school teacher who died when he was 11. Muyika was raised by his mother’s sister and her husband in the suburbs of Nairobi.
While a student at Friends School Kamusinga, Muyika won two awards in Kenya’s national science fair, the annual Kenya Students Congress on Science and Technology:
In the fair’s 48th edition in 2010, he won for a technical whitepaper titled ‘Kahunic infra-photo surveyor’, which was presented as a computer talk, and was ranked first in that category. Muyika’s whitepaper was based on Java, MySQL and C++ dependencies, infra-red and laser rays, and customized ray emitters to identify objects concealed behind concrete and wood, among other uses, by use of reflection and refraction.
Muyika receiving a national award in the Kenya Students Congress on Science and Technology 2011.
In the fair’s 49th edition the following year, Muyika won for a database he developed to manage the flow of petrol and movement of oil tankers. The project’s original name in the fair was ‘Techno Fibre System’, but it was also referred to as ‘Enhanced petrol tracker’. It was presented as a computer exhibit in the ICT category, and although Muyika was recognized as the best student in the category, the project was ranked third nationally in the category.
He graduated from Friend’s School Kamusinga in 2011.
Mubarak Muyika Career
His adoptive parents operated a small book publishing and distribution company, Acrodile Publishers. Using online resources and technical experience gained in earlier years, Muyika built a better Website for the company.
In 2011, Muyika founded Hype Century Technologies & Investments Limited, a company focused on website creation and webhosting. The following year, for his work in HypeCentury, he received the Anzisha Prize for young entrepreneurs, from the African Leadership Academy.
Muyika sold HypeCentury to Wemps Telecoms in a six figure deal in May 2013. By the time of the sale Hypecentury had 14 employees and was handling over 700 companies with 1400 domains. HypeCentury has since rebranded and is a fully owned subsidiary of Wemps Telecoms.
Later in 2013, Muyika founded Zagace in Nairobi with proceeds from the sale of HypeCentury, with additional funding from investors. Zagace has since raised a number of angel investments from various investors.
In June 2015, Zagace’s parent company was restructured as a Delaware-based parent corporation of the same name, with the company now based in San Jose, California.