5 TV Anchors With Unique Ventures Helping Kenyans

  • A photo collage of Citizen TV's Rashid Abdalla, Victoria Rubadiri and NTV's Lofty Matambo in their respective newsrooms.
    A photo collage of Citizen TV's Rashid Abdalla, Victoria Rubadiri and NTV's Lofty Matambo in their respective newsrooms.
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  • Over the years, journalists - just like other Kenyans - have won the hearts of Kenyans with various initiatives aimed at elevating the lives of the lowly in the community.

    From sports to mentorship programmes, a number of journalists have endeavoured to improve the lives of Kenyans through personal programmes targeting the youth, women and children.

    However, more often than not, some of these initiatives are done under the radar. Here are five journalists and the initiatives they are doing to improve the lives of others;

    Rashid Abdalla

    A collage image of winners at the Rashid Abdalla Super Cup (left) and Rashid conversing with a guest at a past tournament in 2021(right).
    A collage image of winners at the Rashid Abdalla Super Cup (left) and the Citizen TV anchor conversing with a guest at a past tournament in 2021(right).
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    Rashid Abdalla

    Unknown to many, Citizen TV anchor Rashid Abdalla runs a football tournament aimed at mentoring the youth from the Coastal Counties.

    Rashid is the brains behind the Rashid Abdalla Super Cup held annually and provides the youth with an opportunity to showcase their talents.

    The tournament, which is in its third edition, aims to connect the youth with the older generation who offer guidance to the youth and nature their talents.

    "When the old generation comes together with the young ones for the tournament, they can be able to encourage each other that it is possible to stay on the right path," he stated in a past interview.

    The anchor famed for his sisemi kitu phrase is set to launch the fourth edition this year.

    Mwanahamisi Hamadi

    Just like his Citizen TV counterpart, Mwanahamisi Hamadi oversees the Mwanamke Bomba Network in partnership with the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC). 

    The Swahili anchor behind the Mwanamke Bomba show aims to empower women across the country to recognise their resilience and celebrate success in various sectors.

    Through the programme, exemplary women leaders receive awards as a motivation for their philanthropic deeds.

    "The initiative recognises the high, lows and lessons learnt as we reward exemplary women who have made the journey worthy," she told Kenyans.co.ke in a 2022 interview.

    Guest who attended gala hosted by Citizen TV anchor Mwanahamisi Hamadi on Friday October 21, 2022
    Guest who attended the gala hosted by Citizen TV anchor Mwanahamisi Hamadi on Friday, October 21, 2022.
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    Lofty Matambo

    With a passion to see school dropouts get a second chance in life, the NTV anchor began a campaign to help raise fees for over 200 school dropounts in Kilifi County to resume their education.

    In an interview with Kenyans.co.ke on January 21, Matambo revealed that together with his former schoolmates at Lutsagani Secondary School, they organised a football tournament in a bid to raise fees for the students.

    Through the pilot programme, the journalist and his partners managed to get over 40 students back into the classroom.

    "It is my great pride to participate in raising fees for more than 200 students who have dropped out of school in the Kilifi South area due to lack of fees," he stated.

    NTV news anchor Lofty Matambo waters a tree after his arrival at Lutsainga High School in Kilifi South on January 21, 2023.
    NTV news anchor Lofty Matambo waters a tree after his arrival at Lutsainga High School in Kilifi South on January 21, 2023.
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    Victoria Rubadiri 

    Having been in the media industry for over 10 years, the Citizen TV journalist occasionally takes time off of her busy schedule to mentor the youth in the industry.

    Previously, she has partnered with organisations such as Microsoft, Akili Dada and the Christ is the Answer Ministries.

    Some of the topics that have been covered through the programme include personal branding, economic empowerment and education.

    Victoria Rubadiri Interviews a guest on Citizen TV.
    Victoria Rubadiri interviews a guest on Citizen TV.
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    Timothy Otieno 

    Other notable mentions in the list include KTN's Area Code host Timothy Omondi who began a media mentorship programme during the pandemic in 2020.

    When starting the programme, he stated that a number of youth had asked for mentorship opportunities from him.

    Through a partnership with veteran journalist Alex Chamwada, he began an online programme where young aspiring Kenyans were provided with guidance on their respective careers.

    Otieno is currently a part-time reporter at The Hillingdon Herald Newspaper in the UK where he was pursuing his Master's degree in International Journalism at Brunel University London.

    Timothy Otieno Poses for a Photo With His Awards.
    Timothy Otieno poses for a photo with his awards.
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