5 Kenyan Radio Presenters Who Never Took Media Courses

  • Kenyans have in the past been mesmerised by the elegance, eloquence and stature of several top journalists who have dominated the airwaves in the past few years.

    What many, however, do not know, is that many of these celebrated presenters who are on radio never attended any media classes but studied very different courses.

    The lack of a media related degree did not deter them from extemporary performance in their careers and have become the crème de la crème in the industry.

    Some of the top personalities who never stepped into a media class include:

    Maina Kageni

    The celebrated Classic 105 show host and former KTN news anchor went to Laiser Hill, and upon completion, flew to the United Kingdom for his college education. He, however, never completed.

    When he came back,  he landed his first job in the media industry by coincidence after he tried out at an event and his articulation impressed the organiser.

    Mr Kageni, would later, together with his co-host, Mwalimu Kingangi (Daniel Ndambuki) run one of the most popular breakfast shows in the country, Maina and King'ang'i in The Morning.

    Caroline Mutoko

    The prolific radio presenter, managing director and weekly columnist rose through the ranks to be one of the most sought after personalities in Kenya.

    She started off her radio career at Capital FM before establishing her foot at KISS 100 where she cemented her position as the queen of radio. She then transited to be a senior manager at Radio Africa.

    She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and UCLA Anderson School of Management.


    Popular comedian and Hot 96 co-host Felix Odwuor, popularly known as Jalang'o, was born and raised in Kisumu.

    He later joined radio, pursuing a successful career at Kiss 100 and Radio Maisha before recently moving to Hot 96 where he co-hosts alongside Jeff Koinange.


    Daniel Githinji Mwangi, known as Mbusii, was born and raised in Korogocho where he attended Eastleigh Airport Primary and Maina Wanjigi High School.

    Mbusii later landed an offer at the Kenya National Theatre that propelled him to Ghetto radio and eventually Radio Jambo where he hosts the most popular reggae show. 


    James Kang’ethe alias Bonoko was born on the streets of Nairobi and struggled to make ends meets at Ngara area where he called home.

    Life took an unexpected turn after he witnessed the alleged killing of a friend and his narration as an eyewitness went viral and landed him a job at Ghetto radio.