David Ndii Biography: Wife, Tribe, Age, Education

The Telegraph has described David Ndii as "one of Africa’s best known economists and an outspoken anti-corruption crusader".


David Ndii is a Kiambu-born Kenyan economist, author, and columnist. His work has received local and international acclamation.

David was the managing director of African Economics. He made headlines for calling for the secession of a part of Kenya.

The aim was to exclude central Kenya and parts of the Rift Valley and Eastern provinces by creating the People’s Republic of Kenya.

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Quick Facts
Full Name:David Ndii
Born:Kiambu, Kenya
Occupation:University of Nairobi
University of Oxford
Spouse:Mwende Gatabaki

Early Life and Education

David Ndii was born in Kiambu, Kenya. His mother is an rtd civil servant. He obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi. 

Ndii obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford on Rhodes Scholarship. 


For many years, David was the chief strategist of the National Super Alliance. Lately, he openly criticized the policies of the Uhuru Kenyatta administration. 

He has written several open letters and tweets targeted at the economic policies and loans collected by the government. Eventually, the economist got barred from accessing the Technical University of Mombasa.

David was part of crafting the Kenya Kwanza manifesto, anchored on the Bottom-up economic agenda. He served as the Chairman of the board of Zimele.

Personal Life


David Ndii is married to Mwende Gatabaki. According to Pulse, the economist once told his wife that taking a bribe could end their marriage.

Mwende made headlines for accusing the Jubilee Government of harassing her husband. Her husband was earlier arrested from his Leopard Beach Resort Hotel room in Kwale County and driven to Nairobi.


Dr. David Ndii left many tongues wagging on March 4, 2018, after he renounced his alleged change of tribe from Kikuyu to Luo. In a tweet, Ndii mentioned he was tired of ethnic solidarity.

Dear Uthamaki, I’ve had enough of the appeal to ethnic solidarity. I hereby renounce my Gikuyu citizenship. Consider me a Jaluo and let me be.

Social Profiles

David Ndii rains his thoughts and opinions on the situations of the country. He is an open critic of the Uhuru government. He has over a million followers on Twitter.

On September 25, he retweeted a post from NTV Kenya about Eliud Kipchoge breaking his records and captioned it The Goat. Ndii also has Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.