Citizen TV Journalist Recounts Being Duped to Study Wrong Course Twice

  • Citizen TV journalist, Enock Sikolia, on Sunday, shared his journey of the trials he went through while pursuing his passion including two separate occasions where he was duped to study the wrong course.

    Taking to his social media, the award-winning journalist disclosed that his journey, to be a reporter, wasn't easy.

    His journey to the newsroom started after he graduated from Kenyatta University on July 25, 2008. The then Joint Admission Board of Public Universities had successfully made his path to journalism a little bit tedious and unpredictable.

    "It happened in 2004 after they admitted me to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences. I had little or no knowledge at all about this course and I don't remember it being one of the four choices I applied for being a journalist. It is what is ever I dreamt of," he narrated.

    After consulting a few friends, Sikolia believed that he could change the course once he was admitted.

    "The registrar academic then, one Prof. Katana, lied to me for a whole year since I was to do an Inter-University transfer. The university did not offer journalism then.

    "So I was forced to study something I knew nothing about and didn't want for four years," he added - that was the first time he got duped.

    After graduating in 2008, Sikolia still kept his dream, to work in a newsroom, alive and took a few media-related jobs in a church and one at Koch FM, a community-based radio station in Korogocho. 

    Someone advised Sikolia to pursue a post-graduate diploma in journalism which he took up and applied for at Nairobi Aviation College in Nairobi.

    "I joined the institution but after several months of classwork, I realised I had been lied to.

    "The Institution did not have a course such as a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and what it meant is that at the end of it all I would have graduated with diploma certificate after 2 years studying with a post-graduate diploma at the back of my mind. I became mad and bolted," that was the second time he was duped.

    His journey, however, took a turn for the better as he was able to secure employment at K24TV in August 2012, three months after completing my internship at Royal Media Services.

    In 2018, he joined Citizen TV moving from NTV.