Jacque Maribe’s life might have taken a nasty turn in 2018 but that shouldn’t detract and diminish the exceptional grit and tenacity she showed in becoming a household name.
Despite the cloud hanging over her head as she is still a murder suspect over the death of Monica Kimani, she has been speaking about how she made it and became the most recognisable female political journalist for a time.
Jacque studied at the University of Nairobi pursuing Journalism and Media Studies before Mediamax gave her a job as an intern.
During her stint there, her boss recognised her talents and asked her, “What exactly is your passion?”. She had a soft spot for politics. But her answer wasn’t what the boss was expecting, forcing him to discourage her by telling her that politics was a man’s world.
“No! Politics is literally a man’s world. That is not something you should be thinking of getting into.”
But her fierce tenacity was not thwarted as this challenged her even further to succeed in this male-dominated field. “That literally became the driving force that took me into the world of politics, not just as a reporter, but as a female reporter.”
She was eventually able to get a promotion as a senior political reporter before getting poached by Kiss TV for the same position but a shorter period.
Her career really took of when she got the opportunity to work at Citizen TV (the most popular news station in Kenya). It was a dream job but it was still very challenging.
As a woman in the political space was a dream come true but also a lot of work. You have to push yourself beyond the limits prove yourself and it paid off.
At the pinnacle of her career, she became the first ever female political reporter to exclusively interview President Uhuru Kenyatta within State House grounds, at a time she was heavily pregnant with Zahari.
That right there is grit.