Former TV presenter Julie Gichuru has revealed how her parents breaking up left her depressed and at the lowest point in her life.
Taking to social media, Julie shared an emotional post of how she was left devastated at 21-years old when her father broke up with her mother and decided to remarry.
After her parents divorced, her dad decided to remarry, forcing her mother to move to another country.
“1995 – 21 years old. 2nd year of LLB Law, in University in Cardiff Wales, UWCC.
“I was in the throes of deep depression. My parents divorced, Dad remarried and Mum emigrated. I had no home to go back to. I didn’t have enough money to complete my degree. I was frightened and anxious. I lamented with God, I told Him I was so angry with Him, but I still loved Him and I asked Him to hold me tight and never let me go,” she said.
Julie confessed that after the breakup, she pushed herself to read and work harder to mask the stress.
“I found two jobs at this point and studied hard. I didn’t know where I would end up but I knew knowledge would get me there. As long as I had breath in my body, I was going to get there. #Excelsior#NoLimits#AwesomeLord
Never doubt that you can get there.
Never stop moving forward.
For a person who technically lives in a plane, hoping from one country to another, former Citizen TV news anchor Julie Gichuru has been in a lot of flights.
But not like her recent one from Nairobi to Kigali.
The journalist narrated how landing in Kigali became almost impossible due to poor whether and the incident left the passengers sacred to their bones.
Julie, on the other hand, hadn’t noticed that they were in danger.
“Flew from Nairobi to Kigali this afternoon. As we tried to land in Kigali it was overcast and raining so we aborted landing twice. This flight has taught me some key lessons.
1. I had earphones on, listening to music- loud, as I often do. I had no idea that we had two dangerous encounters. If we went down I would have been oblivious till the last few seconds. Being present in the moment is an important thing… Or, is it? ?” she said.
Gichuru went on to say that some in the plane, include her relative Jonh Seel, had already recorded a goodbye clip for their loved ones in case the plane crashed.
“When we landed I realised just how serious the situation was. Others on the flight had been praying and doing all manner of things in alarm. @john_seelactually recorded a goodbye video for his Mum! Yes, he did! ? (we want to watch it John ?) So sweet though ? …and there I was, totally clueless.” she said.
Perspective is a fascinating thing
2. Actually, if anything I was in great spirits while everyone else was panicking. Unaware of the aborted landings I did notice we were off course. This was terrain I had never seen before. I thought we had simply been redirected.
“I said to myself, ‘sometimes in life it is so important to go off course, in going onto a less travelled path you see new things and learn so much more.’ I was very impressed with my profound thought! As people prayed and recorded goodbye videos for loved ones I was marvelling at the terrain and taking pictures thinking to myself, ‘Wakanda beautiful continent is this!’ ??? (Aren’t the pics lovely though!) Good people, Isn’t life interesting!? ??????❤❤❤
Last year, Julie had a lovely message for her husband during their 18th year. She a penned a sweet poem for him thanking him for the great journey.
“18 years of love and friendship, 14 years of blessed marriage
And still my love, The approach of your footsteps excites me, The sound of your voice makes my heart soar… Still my precious, Butterflies flit away within at the mere thought of you, Your presence makes me giddy & breathless… Oh yes… Still, My King, You make me feel like GIRL, a WOMAN and a QUEEN all at once You. Make. Me. Feel. LOVE.
I thank the LORD for you, my Simba. I honour you, my love… I pray for many more years to come, by HIS grace. #MumeWangu #RohoYangu
At 44 years, veteran journalist Julie Gichuru knows what to tackle in her field and target audience. However, when it comes to some of these trending things young kids are so into, she’s usually forced to ask for some help.
Who is Pusha T
Gichuru has left her fans in stitches after finally catching up on the ongoing beef between rappers Drake and Pusha T. She needed a lot of help to understand why two grown men are calling out each other in songs.
She took to Facebook to share the whole incident, saying she wasn’t even aware Pusha T was a man.
Julie Gichuru might be the woman of the house but she recently learnt she’s not in control. In a rather unexpected post, the veteran journalist shared how her kids are claiming her space and she can’t do much to change things.
She shared a rather funny post saying that she even threatened them with a fart but it didn’t work.
The post left social media in a light mood. Here’s what her followers had to say:
calebakaceleb??????????????????that’s one of a kind very hilarious
Julie Gichuru has been married to Anthony Gichuru for almost two decades now. Her father, however, never thought it would happen and the reason is one that might make feminists frown with anger and disappointment.
The former news anchor took to Facebook to narrate how her father never thought she’ll get a spouse because of her poor cooking skills.
“My father was reading the newspaper but stopped to contribute to a debate I was having with my mother,” went Gichuru’s post.
“He interjected firmly, “But Julie, you must learn how to cook!” He was perturbed but I could tell it came from a place of love. So here’s the low down. I was a teenager & I had pointedly refused to learn how to cook. As the only daughter in the family it was obvious & apparently a source of social embarrassment. “
Wanted to read and hated cooking
According to Julie who is now a mother of five, she never bothered to learn the art of cooking and this shocked her parents.
“Indeed, in an African – Asian home this was unheard of, girls should know their place & the kitchen was part of that. But I was adamant, I was disinterested in the art of cooking & had better things to do with my time. I wanted to read, I wanted to learn & grow. I was fascinated by the history of great nations. Modern history too captivated me. I just wanted to read and learn.
“My Dadima (my paternal grandmother) was a wonderful cook, my Mum too. But I had pointedly informed them both that I had no interest in the kitchen. I would help where required, pounding garlic & ginger, cutting onions & tomatoes, grating coconuts & squeezing the fresh coconut milk from the pith, washing dishes even, but the minute I finished what I had to do I was out of the kitchen. No, I didn’t want to learn how to cook.
“Dad,” I asked in a typical teenage ‘matter of fact’ manner, “why is it is important for me to learn how to cook.”
“Julie ” he started to respond… a military man, he could be stern & unwavering but with me he tended to be indulgent. He responded softly & patiently, “how will you survive when you are on your own? You won’t always have someone to cook for you.”
I tried not to laugh. Most people in the house knew that I survived on bread & tea & had very little interest in anything other than Elliot’s Bread, KCC butter, tea & books, books, books.
“I’ll be fine Dad. I can survive on bread & tea or noodles.”
Exasperated now, he looked straight at me,
“Well, you will have to cook for your husband! What will you do when you have a family? No man wants a wife who cannot cook.”
A-ha. Now we were getting to the heart of the matter. I wondered, how could we be so close together & yet such world’s apart?
“I smiled, lowered my voice & answered,
“Well Dad, I don’t want to marry a man who wants me for my cooking. If that’s what he expects me to do then he won’t be marrying me.”
“At that moment my fathers intense gaze would have prickled even the toughest soldier. But I held steady looking innocently & directly back at him. It felt like a lifetime went by… Then without another word he picked up his newspaper & continued reading.”
Former TV queen Julie Gichuru a few hours ago revealed that she has been making several trips to the hospital to get her son checked – as he had a unique medical issue.
Though she chose not to disclose what her little one was going through, Julie Gichuru was kind enough to let her fans know that he had undergone a successful procedure and was now feeling much better. She wrote saying;
Been through a series of difficult days looking into a unique medical issue with our little one. Finally, done with a key procedure today. So relieved and thankful for God’s enduring grace, mercy, love and blessings. Please if you notice anything odd, irritating, uncomfortable or unusual with yourself or your child, don’t procrastinate. Ask questions. Seek professional answers. Do your research too. Don’t take chances. Take appropriate action. The earlier you deal with an issue, the better. Be well. Love. Light. Blessings.
The anchor also happened to share a photo while at the hospital and the likes of Maina Kageni and fellow journalists couldn’t help but wish him quick recovery. Checkout the photo below;
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