5 TV Anchors Who Quit High-Profile Jobs for Self-Employment

  • Janet Mbugua
    Journalist Janet Mbugua at a past function in December 2020
  • Being on TV may seem like the ultimate goal, however, there are journalists who quit while they were at the top of their game.

    Most people did not understand their decision to leave television because they were household names including;

    Janet Mbugua 

    Janet Mbugua was a news anchor on Citizen TV before she quit in 2017 to take a sabbatical. She hosted Monday Special alongside Hussein Mohammed.   

    She is the founder of Inua Dada Foundation which empowers, upholds and protects the rights of every girl child. It focuses on identifying issues that affect Primary school girls such as; lack of sanitary towels, suitable sanitation facilities and access to basic health care and support services.

    She is the author of the book “My First Time” which she launched in 2019. She also advocates for gender equality through a platform known as #Better4kenya

    Julie Gichuru

    The bold and articulate news anchor left the TV screens when she was one of the few stars. She was a role model to many who wanted to get into the field of journalism. She moderated the 6th Annual Entrepreneurship Summit, which was attended by former US president Barrack Obama.

    Gichuru left Citizen TV to start Arimus Media Limited, which produced “Great Debators Contest”. She is a director at Acumen Communication Limited, a PR company, and a Fellow at Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa, a program that shapes next-generation leaders.

    Media celebrity Julie Gichuru
    A file image of media personality Julie Gichuru.

    Joy Doreen Biira

    In 2016, KTN journalist, Joy Doreen Biira was arrested for abetting terrorism in Uganda. She left TV in 2018. She describes herself as Media Personality, Strategic Communicator and Moderator.

    She is a moderator for different digital forums such as EdTech Program

    Betty Kyalo

    The jovial news anchor left KTN in 2018 and joined Media max. One year later she left Media Max. 

    She ventured into business, launching her luxurious beauty spa, Flair by Betty. The Beauty shop offers executive services for both men and women.

    Recently, Betty started hosting a game show dubbed “The Big Quiz show” on KTN alongside Internet Sensation Eric Omondi.

    Hussein Mohammed 

    Known for his incisive and prodding interviews, Hussein left Citizen TV in 2019 after 10 years. Politicians Stephen MusyokaRaila Odinga, Eugene Wamalwa, Naisula Lesuuda, Aden Duale, Sabina Chege and Johnson Sakaja sent farewell messages when he left.

    Hussein moved into consultancy and worked on a project funded by the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Former Citizen TV anchor Hussein Mohammed at the station's studios in Nairobi.
    Former Citizen TV anchor Hussein Mohammed at the station's studios in Nairobi.
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