Citizen TV’s Waihiga Mwaura has become a household name on the continent thanks to his great work.
Waihiga, who recently won the much-coveted CNN Africa journalist of the year award in the sports category was an actor in his 20s, before joining media.
Waihiga acted in one of the local productions, a TV drama, and his stage name was Abbas.
He didn’t study journalism in school and during his acting days, he used to drop CVs at media houses hoping to get a job.
That experience was an eye-opener. I got into it thinking that I would be the next Will Smith but I left there humbled. Portraying different emotions on cue is hard! I have a deep respect for actors,’ HE SAID IN PAST MEDIA INTERVIEWS.
Below are photos of Wahiga when he was a budding actor.
The news anchor’s breakthrough came after he was offered a job at Citizen TV a few years ago.
He used the chance to enroll for journalism courses and here he is, an award-winning journalist.
I was always aware of my lack of formal media training so I kept taking every opportunity to learn. I applied for training programs and talked to seasoned journalists. I was also very persistent and strove to bring something unique to the table,’ he said.
Waihiga walked down the aisle with gospel singer Joyce Omondi on November 18, 2015 in a private wedding ceremony.