Kenyan Media Personality, Janet Mbugua’s Humble Beginnings

Former Citizen TV news anchor Janet Mbugua on October 25 recounted her journey through the ranks of both television and radio.

Speaking to Betty Kyallo, the mother of two revealed that after she completed high school, she wanted to take a gap year before proceeding to college and her parents told her that they could only approve it if she got something constructive to engage in.

“I was in Mombasa in 2003, and my friend told me that there was a new radio station looking for presenters, and urged me to go and try it out, and so I went. It was known as Pulse FM,” she said.

According to Janet, she reported to work after a voice test, earning Sh10,000. However, she was not paid for three months.

Leaving Citizen TV

She went on to reveal details of why she left Citizen TV. According to her, one of the reasons she stopped working as a presenter was that her son, Huru could not recognize her.

“I was going through a lot when I decided to take a break. I was going through burnout. I also did not have a relationship with Huru. Yes, I would interact with him but the nanny did most of the stuff. There is a day I wanted to hug him but he turned away from me,” she said.

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Marriage on the rocks?

Not revealing much, Janet commented on rumours that her marriage is on the verge of collapse. The 35-year old stated that “It has been a few years…” and admitted that the institution of marriage is a challenging one.

always tell those who keep on saying: ‘Oh my God, I can’t wait to start a family…’ I say two things: ‘Take your time, and make sure that you are ready; because you could be good at being in love, but you do not really need to be married.”

She advised Kenyans to take their time before settling down.

“Trying to balance family, work and expectations is really hard…I love my family, I love where I am. And, I know, the moment you say it is not easy, I can predict what the blog posts would say… But, it is fine, they would talk about it” she said.



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