Mr. Eaton was shot during an armed robbery
The co-founder of online auto mart, Cheki.com.ng and CEO of One Africa Media, Carey Eaton, has been shot dead in Kenya this morning.
Mr. Eaton was shot during an armed robbery at a friend’s home in Nairobi in the early hours of Thursday, One Africa Media announced this afternoon.
Mr. Eaton was the co-founder of the One Africa Media group of companies which is the parent company of Cheki, BrighterMonday, BuyRentKenya and StayNow in Kenya, as well as similar internet businesses across Africa.
“He was one of the inspirational leaders of the technology revolution happening across the continent of Africa. He was on the boards of many companies and was well respected as a leader in the emerging online business sector where he also played a mentorship role to young technology entrepreneurs,” the statement said.
Previously CIO of the Australian classified group, SEEK, Mr. Eaton returned to Kenya in 2011 to start Cheki. From humble beginnings, he grew Cheki into Kenya’s number one car portal and the larger group of companies into Africa’s largest classified group. The Kenyan operation now includes over 150 people spread across the country.
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