Terryanne Chebet lost her job at Citizen TV back in 2016. The journalist has now admitted that it was one of the lowest points in her life.
In an interview with NTV’s Grace Msalame, the mother of two narrated that she didn’t see the impending layoff coming as she wasn’t under-performing in her job.
“It was many things. It was very hard in the beginning, just hearing the news crashed me and it crashed from a very personal point, because it is one thing when you lose your job but its another thing when you lose your job so publicly and such a public job. When you have such a strong belief in yourself, I do my work well. So even when there was an announcement that they would be a redundancy, I never imagined it could be me. So when it happened I did not know what to do. I called my friend and I was crying, then I went home, locked myself in a room. And the hardest person to tell was the house-help, because you are just at home, locking yourself in your room. That was so hard because I had lived with her for more than 10 years and she had never seen me cry”.
“So that was very difficult but I thank God I had a very strong support system. Because one of the people who really came through for me was my business partner at Scarlet Digital (advertising agency). She pushed to focus on the positive. She was like you are not stopping, you can go home and cry later. I didn’t feel woyee for myself because there was no time to feel woyee, I would cry at night but in the morning I have to go to work because there are people in the office and I have to look okay. I was fighting so much internally but then my brain was engaged in so many other things” said Terryanne.
The Metropol TV General Manager also talked about the importance of having multiple streams of income, instead of just depending on your salary.