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Salim Swaleh Biography, Background and Education, Career

Real Name Salim Swaleh
Age 40s
Nationality  Kenyan
Education Level Graduate
Place of Birth Nakuru county
Birth Sign Leo
Year of Birth 1970s
Religion  Christian
Spouse  Sherry
Children  Two Children
Profession/Career Journalist 
Net Worth $170,000


Salim Swaleh is a Kenyan-born Swahili news anchor currently working at the Nation Media Group-owned NTV. His ongoing promotion to the top results from determination, persistence, and a lot of hard work. Here is the story of one of the most useful Swahili news anchors in Kenya.

Background and Education

The news anchor was born in the Bondeni area, Nakuru county. His late father & mother were from Bondeni and Gilgil, respectively. His dad had three wives, and his mum bore him two kids, Salim, and his sister.
The journalist went to Bondeni Primary School up to class four but could not resume his education due to financial limitations. He then went to stay with his grandmother in Gilgil, where he learned to make & sell some dishes, including Samosas. Later, he rolled in with his mother and stepfather and was registered in Nakuru Primary School. Owing to his age and stature, he went directly to Grade 7 instead of beginning with grade 4. Upon finishing his KCPE, he scored 365 marks and was accepted at Menengai High School.
He was a disciplined scholar whose leadership qualities led to his appointment as an assistant head boy in Form 3. He was also an enthusiastic participant in extracurricular activities thriving in drama and music celebrations. Thanks to his skills, he loved public speaking and went up to the national classes. One problem he faced was Mathematics; he even slashed a 0% once in Form 3. The dream to become a reporter intensified when he got the chance to work with KBC eLearning while at Menengai.
Salim achieved a C plus in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. While waiting for college admission, he performed as an untrained primary school teacher in Eldoret.

Higher Education

He learned Mass Communication at a college in Nakuru. He registered for a degree in the same field while operating in Iran.


Upon finishing college, he worked at Ghetto radio without payment before getting his first job as a Nakuru newspaper. After that, he performed for a radio station known as Sauti you Mwananchi, where he gained Ksh8,000 monthly. While at the station, jointly with his colleague, he got the opportunity to travel to Iran, where he persisted in pursuing a career in Media.

Life in Iran

He began learning Persian as it is the primary language used in the country. He got the opportunity to polish his skills as a media journalist and even registered for a degree in the country.
He loved the country; its traditions and life were good except for a few instances of racism. When his firstborn child started school, he discovered it was time to come home.

Back To Kenya

Upon returning to Kenya, he was guaranteed a job with Citizen TV in 2016. He read the 7 pm Nipashe Jumapili news earlier read by Kanze Dena and Lulu Hassan. He did an excellent job and resigned after two years to enter NTV. Rumors surrounded his concession, with some alleging he had been released for receiving a bribe. He rubbished the insistence and became an editor & news anchor for the NTV 7 pm Swahili news.


The NTV anchor is wedded to Sherry, and the couple is blessed with three children. He married Sherry while performing for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). He said the wedding of an Iranian woman was not an option since their dowry was settled in gold, and their culture could barely allow a black man to wed an Iranian woman. So he stayed in Kenya and married Sherry, and the two lived jointly in Iran. Two of their kids were born there before they came back to Kenya.



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