10 Kenyan celebrity journalists who took to self-employment after years of working with giant media corporates

Cases of retrenchments and mass firings from local media conglomerates almost became the order of the day especially after Coronavirus hit.

It is no longer a new tale in the media industry, a lesson that majority of journalists have since learnt and taken steps on in the event that they face redundancy or even for those that already have.

Citizen TV studios

Once bitten, twice shy. Media professionals have now opted for second, third sources of income to sustain their families and even for financial security. However, for those that opted out of the circle or were forced out by unforeseen circumstances, self-employment has become the route to take for them. Lets get right through it.

1. Betty Kyallo

The sassy celebrity journalist has hopped several times in the media industry especially after her exit from her first home, KTN in 2018, to join rival station K24 where she exited in May 2020. Since then, Betty has been all about her beauty parlor business, Flair by Betty among other partnerships.

Ms Betty Kyallo

2. Maalika Kazia

Late August 2020, the young beauty called it quits at KTN where she had been for the last 2 years in what she termed a new step into a different chapter. The beauty is now into content creation on her YouTube channel ‘Maalika Kazia’ where she mainly talks about her personal life.

Maalika Kazia

3. Eric Njoka

The former K24 news anchor who teamed up with Karen Knaust for the Weekend Edition, has made his major comeback with his own online talk show Centred set to kick off this Thursday.

Former K24 Editor and producer, Eric Njoka

4. Jacque Maribe

Maribe, after being surrounded with controversies in late 2018 while working at Citizen TV, bounced back in August 2020 with her online political show dubbed Hot Seat that has aired several episodes so far.

Ms Jacque Maribe

5. Janet Mbugua

The mother of 2 quit her plum job on Citizen TV’s Monday Special show as she went into maternity but never returned, where she soon after launched her book My First Time and has since been doing all sorts of gigs including running her enterprise Inua Dada. 

Janet Mbugua

6. Mwanaisha Chidzuga

Mwanaisha was among the team of professionals shown the door at K24 in late 2019 where she dropped her journalism cap to take up full-time catering which was her main profession and has since started her own online talk show The Dada2Dada Uncensored.

Mwanaisha Chidzuga

7. John Allan Namu

The popular investigative journalist resigned from KTN in 2015 after multiple frustrations, to start his own investigative documentary series Africa Uncensored.

John Allan Namu

8. Terryanne Chebet

Terry was fired from Royal Media Services owned TV station Citizen TV in 2016, a move that totally broke her down for months before fully taking up her business empire, Keyara organics, that she had founded in 2014. She however currently holds multiple power positions in different entities.

Terryanne Chebet

9. Asha Mwilu

Asha worked as special projects editor at Citizen TV before announcing her exit in May 2020 before unveiling her own media company dubbed Debunk, on July 1, 2020.

Ms Asha Mwilu

10. Nancy Onyancha and Joab Mwaura

The celebrity couple took up their media organization, Sauti Tajika as option B after being shown the door during K24 TV’s mass retrenchment in June 2020. Nancy however joined Switch TV in early July.

Nancy Onyancha and husband, Joab Mwaura

Popular journalist quits Citizen TV

Asha Mwilu who was the special projects Editor at Citizen TV is done being employed!

The journalist revealed this through a tweet shared on her page announcing her exit from the popular station.

Ms Mwilu shared the news through her Twitter page; and at the same time thanked the likes of Linus Kaikai, Joe Ageyo among others for teaching and guiding her throughout her journey.

Asha Mwilu wrote;

“Some personal news: I’m leaving @citizentvkenya to launch my start-up. I’ve worked under the guidance of the brilliant @jageyo @LinusKaikai @pamela_asigi and @JamilaMohamed, YvonneOkwara @WaihigaMwaura @mzingizi @MKapombe @Mwanikih @Fchurii @wfayzah @VickyRubadiri @TrevorOmbija @raquel_muigai and the entire @citizentvkenya team. Thank you for being amazing colleagues.”

For those who don’t know Ms Mwilu, then allow me to introduce the lady to you. She is the definition of a go getter, beauty with brains and proof that women can do what men do without complaining.

Her exit from the TV station will undeniably be felt but the good thing is, Ms Mwilu will still be in the media industry trying to make her dreams come true.

In a different post, Mwilu promised fans new details of her upcoming project that is soon to be launched.

Asha Mwilu

 “And to all of you incredible people who gave me feedback, constructive criticism and such great engagement on my stories. I thank you. I can’t wait to share my new projects with you! A hint of what’s next #Debunk,”

Betty Kyallo fires from K24?

This comes barely a weeks after Betty Kyallo was rumored to be jobless after K24 fired their staff. According to reports, among those affected is BK who also refused to confirm nor deny the stories shared online.

She however admitted to hustling day and night just to make sure her daughter has everything she may desire.