|Real Name||Waihiga Mwaura|
|Age||37 (As of 2022)|
|Place of Birth||Kenya|
|Year of Birth||1985|
Kenya has very rare news anchors in the mold of Waihiga Mwaura. He is a peaceful soul who shies away from disputes and works to perfection. He rose from a sports journalist to a prime-time news anchor and won significant prizes along the way. Interestingly, Waihiga did not study journalism.
The award-winning journalist was born on June 6, 1985. Mwaura lived with 2 of his siblings & parents in Donholm and afterward in Westlands.
Early Life And Education
Mwaura’s parents were rigid, and going to church was not an alternative. In discussion with a leading news outlet, the journalist said that his parents seeded in them “the value of education & strong Christian values.” Growing up, Mwaura was contradicted on which career path to follow. His parents-who are both lawyers-even flirted with the idea of their children pursuing the same occupation. But it remained just that, & the journalist gives credit to his parents for permitting them to express themselves at a young age.
And he desired to be many things. At foremost a pilot, then Dr. Ben Carson cast a book that inspired many young men & women into believing they could be successful neurosurgeons, including Waihiga. But this was simply a passing flirtation. When the internet sensation hit the country, Mwaura was not left-back. He sought a computer science degree at the Africa Nazarene University.
He knew IT was not his specialty after interning in a non-governmental organization. At the back of his senses, this was not what he would do for the rest of his life. He accepted a position as a bank teller after graduating, and it was a tedious affair. Mwaura was impressed as an emcee in church events, and a pastor caught a gift that could be put to good use elsewhere. He kept informing him he should be in the media, but he overlooked him.
At 25, the reporter quit his job at a local bank. Veteran journalist Ephy Hunja, who glorified in the same church, took him under his wings and offered him enduring nuggets in the media. He says that Hunja purchased his lunch as he took him via the dos and don’ts.
As he desperately examined for an internship in media houses, Mwaura decided to take up operating. He sucked up big time & quit after one season. He told of acting:
“That incident was an eye-opener. I got into it believing that I would be the next Will Smith, but I vamoosed there humbled. Portraying different emotions online is hard! I have a deep regard for actors.”
He was surprised he wasn’t booted out by his parents because to them he-“……..had denied getting a job despite having gone to school to pursue my passion,”
After dropping his CVs and accomplishing multiple auditions in various media houses, he finally got selected to host an entrepreneurship show comprehended as Zinduka on Citizen TV.
Mwaura did not glance back. Instead, he entered the Power Breakfast show after two seasons in Zinduka. He lasted in the front for two years before advancing into the sports desk. He took every opportunity that offered himself to learn the ropes of journalism because he did not have legal training.
The news anchor wedded Joyce Omondi on November 18, 2015. The couple has no kids.
Here is her resume sourced from his website
News Anchor, Reporter & Producer
** September. 2009 – Present, ***
Hosted a special meeting for BBC Focus on Africa radio on social media and its impact on democracy at the Radio Theatre, Portland Place, London.
Hosted Citizen Extra, daily 3-hour news & current affairs show, and cared it grew from a station ‘filler’ to a must-watch program with all the latest updates locally and internationally.
Focused on bold investigative journalism at Citizen TV, which led to an invitation to follow the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference in mid-November 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
We report on different regional and international events live from our Nairobi studios, including 2 Kenyan elections and a Kenyan Supreme court repeal, the Zimbabwe power transfer from Mugabe to Mnagangwa, American politics, Brexit, South African President Jacob Zuma’s entrance, etc.
Clinched the inaugural Mo Amin prize for an investigative piece on doping in Kenya. The World Anti-Doping Agency also identified the story in Kenya as they cautioned the Kenyan government against being lax in the battle against doping.
Awarded the CNN Multichoice award in mid-2012 for a creative piece on Maasai morans who brought up cricket in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation & the spread of HIV And Aids.
Represented Citizen TV at the 5th International Media Training Program hosted by the Turkish Radio Television (TRT) in Antalya in early December 2017. Pointed my knowledge of international politics, the spread of terrorism & global media trends.
Produced news containers for Citizen TV live on location from the 2016 Olympic Games, 2014 World Cup, 2014 Las Vegas 7, 2013 World Cross-Country Games, just to mention a few.
Pioneered the text-on-video layout on the digital desk at Citizen TV and directed a team of digital video journalists who produced these clips on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram platforms.