Our friends at Techweez just reported that before the end of this year, Kenyans will have their version of the BBC reality series, Dragons’ Den. They’ve called it “Lions Den”, and it’s starting in September 2016. KCB has partnered with Sony Pictures Television (the makers of Dragons’ Den and its American analog, Shark Tank), Quite Bright Films and Nation Media Group to deliver the episodes of Lions Den every Monday on NTV.


Kenya’s version, Lions Den will retain the format popularised by BBC Dragons’ Den – entrepreneurs will get three minutes to pitch to five Lions (read: multi-millionaires). These Lions will then evaluate the businesses as presented and decide whether or not to invest their own cash into them.

Lions’ Den is a part of a Ksh. 50 billion programme by the KCB Group called 2jiajiri. It’s expected to benefit around 500,000 Kenyan youths over 5 years. Techweez also reports that the programme contains a business challenge for startups which will allow entrepreneurs submit their ideas for funding.

If I remember correctly, we had a similar analog over here in Nigeria around 2008. In our case, the producers didn’t even bother changing the name.

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Speaking of which…here’s Steve Jobs, pitching iPad on Dragons’ Den, lol.

Osarumen Osamuyi Author

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