Kenyan Swimmer Jason Dunford Joins BBC as Business Journalist

  • After representing Kenya in a series of international swimming competitions for ten years, Commonwealth gold medalist Jason Dunford has turned to journalism.

    Dunford is remembered by many Kenyans for his outstanding performance in swimming when he represented the country in the Olympics in Beijing and London.

    He has also on numerous occasions led the country's team in the All African and Commonwealth games bagging several gold medals in the competitions.

    [caption caption="Kenyan swimming champion Jason Dunford in action (PHOTO/COURTESY)"][/caption]

    Dunford early in August this year joined BBC Africa broadcast team where he is working as a journalist.

    "I think I did a good job but its now time for a new journey with the BBC team," he confirmed in an interview with BBC Africa's George Ndirangu.

    Dunford is now working as a business journalist at the Larry Madowo-headed BBC Africa business desk.

    In 2008, Dunford won the hearts of Kenyans after breaking the Olympic record in the 100m Butterfly swimming in the Beijing Olympics.

    He became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal in a global swimming competition during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

    He emerged the fastest swimmer defeating swimming powerhouse contenders from Australia and South Africa.

    31-year-old Dunford is an MBA scholar at the Stamford graduate school of business and has been part of a push to have an African free trade area.

    Here is the video of him confirming joining BBC:

     

    Swimming gold medalist turned journalist. Ya Mungu ni mengi, ya kuku ni mayai, chambilecho mwogeleaji-mwanahabari. Had fun filming @jason_dunford, this time taking a deep dive into @BBCAfrica’s business desk.

    Lipo jambo! pic.twitter.com/6AeqXOOU9C

    — Georgie Ndirangu (@georgiendirangu) August 8, 2018

    In 2006, retired president Mwai Kibaki recognised his patriotism for Kenya awarding him with the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) and was crowned Kenya's sportsperson of the year in 2007.

    In 2009, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. He had thought this could let him pursue medicine as a career, but along the way he realised being a medic was not all he wanted to do.

    In 2012, he completed a Masters degree in Environmental Science before moving to enroll for Masters in Business Administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

    His latest business training, coupled with digital content creation skills evident on his Youtube channel paved way for his business journalism debut at BBC Africa bureau which has set up in Nairobi.

    [caption caption="Kenyan swimming champion Jason Dunford (PHOTO/COURTESY)"][/caption]