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Tim Njiru: How KCSE C- Candidate Rose to Become Renowned Pilot After 23 Yrs in Journalism

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For 23 years, Tim Njiru basked in the dazzling limelight of the media world, where cameras clicked, followers multiplied, and recognition flowed like a river. He made his mark as a TV presenter and producer at prominent media outlets, including Standard Group’s KTN, Nation Media Group’s NTV, and Al Jazeera, where he created captivating shows centered around art and travel. Yet, beneath the glamour, a silent longing simmered, and the yearning for a life less ordinary grew stronger with each passing day.

In the midst of a thriving media career, Tim’s heart longed for solace in the open skies. His aspirations collided with the seasonal nature of the media industry in Kenya, where media houses favored new talent in the first quarter of the year, often sending them on air travels across the country.

In an unforeseen turn of events in 2015, Tim’s career took a hit due to the TV signal switch from analogue to digital. His contract came to a halt. It was at this point that he made a pivotal decision to re-establish himself in the media industry, this time as a TV producer. New doors opened for him following the signal switch.

“Aviation has been my lifelong dream since I was a child. There’s something about air travel – a boarding pass, the airport, an aircraft, and the people around it – that continued to etch itself in my mind,” Njiru recounts. “All that triggered me to where the dream was. Half of the time during travel, my mind kept saying, ‘I want to be here, and I want to know more about air travel and most of all, see the world from a front view, not a side view. I want to inspire and bring the dreams I had created for the world on TV to life. People travel for many reasons. My TV shows had all that encapsulated in art. I wanted to move art and artistic expressions across borders.”

Eventually, he found solace in the open skies as the allure of aviation beckoned, offering a chance to soar beyond the confines of celebrity status into the boundless realms of the unknown.

At age 38, Tim’s decision to leave the glare of the spotlight three years ago for the cockpit was nothing short of audacious, a departure from the familiar into the uncharted. Yet, it is precisely in this audacity that Tim’s journey finds its remarkable essence – a transition from fame to freedom, from media sensation to the sensation of flight, all done with the encouragement of family and friends.

“Family always. Dad, mum, and my siblings; nephews and nieces, all the kids that call me Uncle Tim. The family has been number 1 in this. Always been my biggest support. They have been there from day 1 till today. They did it all within their reach. I owe them everything I have. My close friends too. They were not surprised at all. This small circle is the most amazing set of boys and girls in my life,” Njiru says.

According to Mr. Njiru, his media experience was a great boost to him in making the transition to aviation. By interacting with people across the world, he was able to learn who he is, how to live with people, and ‘join the dots’ in transitioning to any industry of choice – all coupled with his interest in learning how things work.

“I now sleep better, eat better, manage money better, travel lighter in heart and mind, plus there’s that room in my life that simply says ‘stay interesting,'” explains Mr. Njiru.

So, what’s his advice to people who hope to make career changes later in life?

“It starts when you say ‘I want to start,’ and if you feel you want to start, then start. Take the first step. You might not see the end of the stairway, but it is important to start. Embrace light and some love. The torch on your phone can only illuminate a certain radius. That’s all it takes to make the step ahead of you. Love what you want to do and have a simple understanding of what it is,” he says.

Mr. Njiru hopes that with his new career in aviation, coupled with his skills in videography and storytelling, he will become one of the top African aviation storytellers around.

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