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‘Why I left Wall Street perks and glamour’

Barclays Bank head of strategy Musyoka Moses Muthui. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Barclays Bank head of strategy Musyoka Moses Muthui. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

In 1995, Musyoka Moses Muthui stood next to his mother as she pleaded with a teacher at Mutonguni Primary School in Kitui to allow him to sit for his KCPE exams despite the fees arrears.

In 2014, he was graduating with a Master’s degree from London School of Economics and one year later, after 26 interviews, he found himself in Wall Street, New York as a the only black person on a floor of over 200 investment bankers.

He was working with Barclays Capital, handling as much Sh850 billion in acquisition transactions. A black wolf of Wall Street. Now he’s back home, at Barclays Bank Kenya #ticker:BBK as head of strategy.

To meet JACKSON BIKO, he shows up with a red fidget spinner at dusitD2’s Zing Bar on an overcast Saturday morning where, during the interview, his gizmo whirrs furiously between his fingers, an apt, if not precise analogy of the workings of his mind and intellect.