The Big G ( Big George) – Kenya and their indigenous entrepreneurs!!!
The late Sir George Owino, was the man behind chewing gum that came to be a household name in Kenya and East African market.
Competing with others like Juicy fruit, spearmint and PK, which became to be known as Orbit.
The manifestation of Sir George’s industry and commitment to his projects was the setting up of the Wrigley factory in Nairobi, to cater for the East African market.
Through the success of the Big G, which was the first gum to be manufactured in such a size in the world, the mother company got convinced that setting up a factory to cater for East African would be a wise thing.
As the market share of the gum, which was his innovation, grew so did his stature, and he rose to become the chair of Wrigley EA, a post he held till his retirement in 1998 to concentrate his energies on Orbit Distributors, the firm he set up in 1977 to solely distribute Wrigley products in East African Market.
The only child to Patrict Owidh and Maria Obiero ( born 1941), Sir George attended Sega primary school in Siaya County and Shimo La Tewa intermediate school.
Big G passed on in July 2004. His story is closely similar to to that of Sir Henry’s.