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 KTN news anchor calls it quits!

Former top female news anchor Maalika Kazia recently called it quits at KTN; 2 years after joining Standard media group as the new faces representing the station.

Judging from how fine she looks, I now understand why fans on social media looked forward to Trading Bell which also hosted. However after a 2 year successful run in the media industry; Kazia Maalika decided to officially walk away.

Quitting the well paying job at a time like this has however surprised many as seen on some of the comments left on her post. However one can’t be so certain about why she called it quits in the first place. But through her Twitter page, the young sassy page wrote;

Former KTN news anchor, Maalika

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Goodness it has been quite a journey! This was not an easy decision for me to make & I will always be grateful to KTN News and Standard Group for the opportunity. Thank you ???? I have learnt alot, met amazing people and grown in ways I never expected. To a different chapter now ????

Fans and supporters

Without forgetting her die hard friends who have been supporting her fully through their social media pages; Maalika went on to  cthe remember them on her post as she wrote;

Maalika’s tweet

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And of course a massive thank you to each and every one of you who watched, supported my work and uplifted me through your feedback. Asante sana ????

Maalika’s exit comes just a few months after we watch several media stations fire most of their staff members all thanks to the pandemic. Among those who lost their jobs are journalists from mediamax network, Nation media group among other top media houses.

6 new faces on KTN and NTV news-desk that are taking over Kenyan television

There was a major media realignment in Kenyan television after Citizen TV raided NTV and KTN and poached some of their best journalists.

Nimrod Taabu, Jamila Mohamed, Rashid Abdalla (Swahili desk) and Victoria Rubadiri left NTV to join Citizen TV. Larry Madowo left to join BBC.

Meanwhile KTN lost Mashirima Kapombe and Yvonne Okwara who also join Citizen TV. Betty Kyallo quit KTN and it’s not clear whether she will join K24 as reported earlier.

KTN and NTV decided to hire new talent to replace the seasoned journalists who left. 6 new faces hired by these two TV stations are taking over Kenyan television:

Akisa Wandera

She joined KTN from Ebru TV and she is definitely the next big thing on KTN now that Betty and Yvonne are no longer there. Akisa has been making waves on social media, a likely indication that she is building her own legion of fans just like other big names in media.



Jesse Rogers

He joined KTN from KUTV – station owned by Kenyatta University. Jesse was inspired by celebrated journalist Catherine Kasavuli to pursue a career in media. And he is now the reason why some ladies can’t afford not to watch Friday Briefing.

Fridah Mwaka

She was one of the contestants during the 2015 edition of KTN’s reality show ‘The Presenter’. Fridah joined KTN Swahili desk to replace Mashirima Kapombe. Before joining KTN, Fridah was hosting a radio show.

Maalika Kazia

She is one of the prettiest news anchors on Kenyan television. Maalika Kazia joined KTN news desk from Radio Africa Group’s East FM where she was a presenter.

Zainab Ismail

She was also a contestant on season 2 of KTN reality show ‘The Presenter’. Zainab worked at Ebru TV before she joined NTV English desk. She was paired with Trevor Ombija and they are one of the most captivating duo on Kenyan television.


Olive Burrows

She is the only Kenyan journalist who interviewed retired President Barack Obama when he came to Kenya in July 2015 as sitting US President. Olive joined NTV from Capital FM and she was paired with Dennis Okari, the two have onscreen chemistry just like Larry Madowo and Victoria Rubadiri. Okari should marry this girl already!