6 female Kenya celebrity journalists born of mixed descent

They are adored on TV, a sight to behold on our screens, you can almost tell when they have had a rough day from a good day. Journalists are best known for their personality on the screens but little about their background is told.

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Our local TV stations house a diverse team of professionals, some locally-made, a section from our neighboring countries who found a home in Kenya but others are actually from overseas heritage.

Meet the team:

1. Victoria Rubadiri

Despite her modesty, her tranquility, her subtly deep voice and ravishing beauty, Victoria Rubadiri’s background trickles down to several countries.

Vicky Rubadiri with mom (left), daughter (center)

Her mom, who she is a complete replica of, is a mix of Maasai and Kalenjin while her dad is Malawian. Vicky’s granddad was half-Kalenjin and half Scottish while her grandmother is Kikuyu, Maasai and Seychelloise.

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2. Maalika Kazia

Young, ambitious and hardworking, a dear Maalika Kazia stars on KTN News as business host for her show The Trading Bell.

She has an impressive, welcoming smile, her natural hair and striking beauty that would make you mistake her for a runway model. Little is known about her origin but she is of Asian descent.

KTN’s Maalika Kazia

3. Olive Burrows

First let me introduce her formal names Olive Kalekye Burrows. Yes, the voice behind our NTV screens is an only child born to a Kamba mother and a Kenyan dad who was born to a British father and a Tanzanian mother.

NTV ‘s Olive Burrows

4. Smriti Vidyarthi

Known as the subtle NTV journalist whose love for nature bagged her the Wild Talk show. Soft-spoken and a serious-faced individual on the screen.

NTV’s Smriti Vidyarthi

The NTV prime time news anchor was born to parents of Indian descent. Her granddad was renowned journalist Girdhari Lal Vidyarthi.

5. Julie Gichuru

Julie Gathoni Sumira Gichuru, is a seasoned journalist and media personality of mixed origin; her dad haiing from a state in northern India and her mom a Kikuyu from Kiambu region.

Renowned journalist, Julie Gichuru

She is also an entrepreneur and professional criminal lawyer from University of Wales, Cardiff.

6. Lulu Hassan

Lulu Hassan is the first born in a family of three girls, born and bred in Kenya’s coast, Mombasa.

Citizen TV’s Lulu Hassan

Known for her Swahili prowess on our TV screens, Lulu was born to a Kikuyu mother and Seychellois father.

About this writer:

Gloria Katunge