“We have a two-day conference to be held at the St. John Riruta hall. We’ve invited a hundred people to participate from the surrounding area. I have to handle the program from the office. I need you to help me handle venue logistics, food, and everything else.”
A hundred people, Zuri smiled. She loved big numbers.
“I’m happy to help out, Mr. Khali.”
She got a brochure from a drawer to her right and handed it to him.
“These are our prices.”
When he took the elegant paper, she continued.
“We have a package for corporate events. The price is reasonable and I assure you that my staff and I handle everything from day one to the last.”
Mr. Khali read the prices carefully. She wondered if he always looked so serious. Relief flooded her when he nodded in approval.
“Great. Shall we get started?” she asked, picking up a pen and a diary from the corner of her desk. “Let’s start with what the conference is about?”
Mr. Khali gave her his first genuine smile ready to relinquish control to her.
An hour later, Zuri walked along the path to the St. John Riruta Hall with Anjik and Lily. She jotted notes in her diary while Lily and Anjik talked about the coming event. Mr. Khali had written a check to pay the booking fee and a deposit of his estimate.
Zuri stopped at the entrance into the hall. She’d introduced herself to the church secretary, and gotten permission to scout the hall.
“Can I work this event?” Lily asked, coming to lean on the fence beside her. “Please?”
“I suppose that means I have to pay you?” Zuri asked with a slight grin.
“Money sounds good,” Lily said. “I need to get my hair done, sis. Weaves don’t come cheap.”
“Yeah sure, you can work the gig. But, it sounds like a big wigs kind of thing. So—”
“I know the drill,” Lily said happily. “Be cordial and smart, no hitting on cute executives in perfect suits. Jeez, Zuri, when do you let loose?”
“When my bank account is chubby,” Zuri answered.
Lily laughed then teased, “That’s like never, you hustler.”
“See what I mean?” Zuri said. “Come on, we have to check the chairs in there and find out how many more we need. Then we can go find out about food.”
“Yes, mistress,” Lily said, following her to the hall doors.
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Zuri Kabinda is a story about a young woman in her late twenties, living in Nairobi and struggling to make her Event Planning Business work. Follow her as she works through the various challenges young entrepreneurs face, especially in a city like Nairobi.
Zuri is joined by her two best friends, Sonnie and Airi. They’re the people she relies on, especially when she’s down on her luck and the world is imploding.