Meet Waiguru's Lookalike Making Waves as News Anchor

  • A collage photo of Kameme TV anchor Nungari wa Kamau and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
    A collage photo of Kameme TV anchor Nungari wa Kamau and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru
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  • Nungari wa Kamau is a prime time news anchor on Kameme TV and her close resemblance with Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is hard to miss.

    She learned to be independent from a young age and applied for casual jobs in hotels after finishing high school. 

    The presenter later became a tutor and was promoted to teach Class Seven pupils at a local school. She used part of the savings to enroll into Egerton University. 

    News anchor Nungari wa Kamau at Kameme TV studio
    News anchor Nungari wa Kamau at Kameme TV studio
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    Her father had instructed her to apply for a criminology course but upon admission to Egerton, she secretly changed her course to journalism. 

    She's passionate about current affairs and politics. In a past interview with YouTuber Dun Wainaina, she gave a glimpse into her life and experiences in the media industry. 

    What is your worst moment while reading news on TV?

    There was a day I had to present the news bulletin while I was handling personal issues. Even anchors have things that they have to deal with in their lives.

    When you get to work you still have to smile and act as though everything is okay. 

    What is the weirdest comment you’ve gotten from a fan?

    One day a fan asked why I was presenting the news with a skirt that could almost be seen through. 

    I took up the feedback and since we don’t dress ourselves for the show, we rectified it with the inhouse stylist.

    I told her to choose better outfits in future because I would not like to make our male audience feel uncomfortable during the show. 

    Name a high-profile politician you wouldn’t want to interview again

    I don’t want to reveal his name because sometimes you find that apart from work, we are still friends with politicians and that’s how we are able to reach out to them for news and interviews. 

    He’s a politician from Mt Kenya region and during the interview he would demean me. He is also one of the politicians who like dodging questions and making up their own. 

    What's the one lie you have told while anchoring news?

    Sometimes we meet fans and they ask us to greet their friends on TV. There is one time I forgot to send the shout out on the same day but when I remembered a few day later, I did. 

    I may have implied that request was made during the live broadcast. 

    Has a politician ever hit on you?

    My answer will be a short yes, next question please. 

    What is your most embarrassing moment in public?

    I had been invited to an event and I praised myself for being a very good orator and didn’t plan my remarks ahead. 

    When I started speaking I was lost for words and felt very embarrassed.

    What is your biggest addiction?

    I love reading books. When I’m free in the house I like to read a lot because I’m not a very huge fan of movies. I also love writing. 

    News anchor Nungari wa Kamau at Kameme TV studio
    News anchor Nungari wa Kamau at Kameme TV studio
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    Does the public expect too much from media personalities?

    Definitely! People have placed media personalities on pedestals and expect them to live in certain places or drive certain cars. 

    I always advocate for people to be themselves because comparison destroys happiness. Everyone should live within their means, God is the one who blesses. 

    What is the biggest story you’ve ever covered?

    I’m passionate about politics and current affairs and even after I leave the media I’ll remember covering elections. 

    One story stood out because there was violence at the event. When I heard teargas being hurled and saw police officers riding on horses, I ran for my life