Form 4 Leaver makes a fortune designing homes for the rich

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Despite missing an opportunity to study interior design as his preferred course, Alex David has shown his prowess in shaping sophisticated designs for high-end homes owned by some of Kenya’s most affluent figures.

His works of art in designing and decorating flower beds, pillars and windows have gained fame from various quarters.

In an interview with TBEN.co.keAlex stated that he has worked for prominent individuals in Kenya, including incoming President William Ruto, Mandera Senator Ali Roba and Soy MP David Kiplagat.

Born into a family of eight, his upbringing was marked by financial constraints as they sometimes slept on empty stomachs. He says he discovered his childhood artistic skills when he helped his fellow students draw school diagrams.

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A frame designed and manufactured by Alex David in Nairobi.

Alex David.

Alex, 27, started casting in Mombasa 10 years ago when he met Indian merchants who specialized in home decoration. His father was also a craftsman who ran a business catering to tourists in the coastal city.

He helped his father smooth out the curiosities when he developed an interest in crafts. Bee first he made molded designs from wood before moving on to working with cement and sand.

While he struggled to bring his skills to market in the early stages of his work, Alex says his artworks gradually gained fame and recognition from relevant players in the construction industry.

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One of the big projects Alex worked on in his early days was the crocodile carvings in the Mamba Village in Mombasa.

In 2015 he moved to Nairobi to reestablish his trade in Nairobi. Securing jobs in the city was no walk in the park, as moldings weren’t as popular then as they are now. He had to explain to construction managers what the art is all about and would sometimes have to demonstrate it.

The managers fell in love with his skills, a moment he believes was his breakthrough. Referrals started coming his way from the outskirts of Nairobi and its metropolis.

The growing number of clients required more manpower and led to the recruitment of more workers.

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Alex currently heads Prezzo Logistics Molding, a company specializing in exterior and interior molding. huhe has trained young unemployed youth through apprenticeships, which he believes helps to equip the young people with relevant skills.

However, Alex denounced Kenya’s over-reliance on foreign products rather than promoting local industries and products. He has pleaded with the incoming government to ensure that local industries are protected from imported products and labour.

“There are many talented young people in Kenya, but they have struggled to realize their potential. The government must make an effort to give young people the opportunity to use these talents.”

A face with the formative artwork of Alex David.

A face with the formative artwork of Alex David.

Alex David.