Herman Manyora Joins TV47

  • File image of political analyst Herman Manyora
    File image of political analyst Herman Manyora
  • The University of Nairobi's Senior Lecturer and Political Analyst Herman Manyora was on Wednesday, June 24 introduced as the newest member of the TV47 team.

    The TV station, owned by MKU founder Dr Simon Gicharu, is set to launch a new political show that will be hosted by Abubakar Abdullahi. 

    TV47 revealed that securing Manyora was part of the plan to revamp the station after the exit of the former CEO Eugene Anangwe

    Manyora, who teaches communication and linguistics at the University of Nairobi, has also authored several books including Why Things Won't Work In Kenya, a collection of reflective essays.

    A file image of the TV 47 studios
    A file image of the TV 47 studios

    News and events analysis in media, creative writing, drama; reading works of art, biographies and autobiographies could be described as his personal list of favourite things.

    Having signed a one-year deal to mark his new role as TV47's resident political pundit, Manyora joins a list of like-minded specialists who use television to spark national conversations and debates.

    With the ongoing political activities in the country, the job of analysing politics has become quite lucrative, with individuals like Mutahi Ngunyi morphing into household names due to their often thought-provoking statements.

    Not a stranger to controversy, Manyora has been derided by Kenyans online -often affiliated to the politician the analyst decides to speak on, but it is his out-of-the-box brand of analysis that has set him apart from the ever-growing pool of analysts.

    For example, on May 23, he advised Deputy President William Ruto to shelve his 2022 presidential bid and instead focus on capturing the seat in 2027.

    Professor Herman Manyora. He has signed a one-year deal with TV47.
    Professor Herman Manyora. He has signed a one-year deal with TV47.

    Manyora opined that with the removal of DP Ruto's allies from key leadership positions in the Senate, it had become apparent that the forces against him were determined to ensure he does not clinch the country's top seat in 2022.

    He advised Ruto's allies in the National Assembly to take a step back to avoid similar embarrassment, arguing that DP Ruto's perceived numbers in the house had been proven to be a fallacy.

    "So, my friends, when you talk about numbers, you also do not understand politics. Where were the numbers when Waititu needed them most? You said, ooh ODM came on board. Where were the numbers when the motion qualified for debate to remove Kindiki?

    "Murkomen, where were the numbers when you were shown the door? Where were the numbers when Susan Kihika was shown the door? Political reality. Where were the numbers when Kindiki needed them most? You need to look at the numbers, the fallacy of numbers is unfolding before your eyes," he stated.

    The impassioned lecturer is currently pursuing a PhD in the School of Journalism and Communication Studies, at the University of Nairobi. 

    His no-holds-barred brand of analysis is set to ignite political debates on TV47, with the media station gearing to grow its viewership across the country.

    Watch Manyora dissecting politics below: