Citizen TV talk show host Hussein Mohammed faced thousands of his viewers in an emotional last bulletin on Tuesday evening to say goodbye, ending his 10-year stint at Royal Media Services on a high note.
Hussein, who until last Tuesday was the host of Newsnight news bulletin said he was leaving Royal Media Services, which runs Citizen TV, but certainly not retiring from media. He indicated early October that he would be leaving to concentrate on “other matters”.
“It has been an amazing journey, 10 years and you the viewers have made it all worth it,” he said at the end of the bulletin. “You all have made it worth it, including my guests.”
His exit left many viewers guessing who would be a worthy replacement for a man who had unparalleled sagacity, gift of garb, professional ethics to handle news night. The station was likely to deploy an insider to take over the programme from a galaxy of stars it has who include Linus Kaikai, Joe Ageyo, Yvonne Okwara, Jeff Koinange and Victoria Rubadiri, among others with many casting the lot on Trevor Ombija.
However, Citizen TV has settled on Waihiga Mwaura as Hussein Mohammed’s replacement on News Night.
On Friday, Citizen TV, unleashed a promo announcing that Mwaura would take over the news segment starting November 5th, 2019.
“#NewsNight takes a new form, shape and substance. Beginning Tuesday November 5,
@WaihigaMwaura steers the ship that is one of Kenya’s biggest news and current affairs show” reads a caption of on a video shared on Twitter.
An award winning and brilliant journalist of his own, Wahiga is truly a worthy replacement. Waihiga made a mark on the map of Africa after winning the much coveted CNN Africa journalist of the year award in the sports category. This was after working only a few years for Royal Media. The most fascinating part of it all is that Mwaura does not have formal training in journalism.
On 18 November 2015, the Citizen TV sports and news anchor walked down the aisle with the love of his life, gospel singer Joyce Omondi. The wedding ceremony was held at Sawela Lodge in Naivasha.
Waihiga grew up like all other kids having different career choices. He initially wanted to be a pilot. When his family moved from Donholm to Westlands, technical sciences piqued his interest pushing him to eventually pursue a computer science degree at Africa Nazarene University.
“My media journey has been one of the gradual steps forward. Even when I took a step forward and two steps backward, the highlights have been incremental. I thank God for this because it gave me a chance to take it all in at every level. Sometimes when success comes at a very young age, you can lose your head,” says the journalist who describes himself as dependable, resolute, bold and helpful.
To him, any other challenge was preparing him for greater things. One of these greater things is his most notable award yet which came in September 2018 when he became the first Kenyan journalist to win the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for his passion for giving Africans a voice. According to the panel, this was what set him apart. His story-telling ability, as well as his on-screen presence, also impressed the judging panel.
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