Citizen TV news anchor Victoria Rubadiri is one journalist whose name when mentioned elicits respect and awe. Why? The beautiful gap-toothed anchor is one of the best examples of journalistic excellence and class having been on TV for close to a decade.
And while it might seem to have come easy to her, Rubadiri has revealed that it took some getting used to, this after she relocated from USA to Kenya, 10 years ago.
She revealed her struggles to fit in Kenya yesterday in a post on her Instagram page, in a post dedicated to people who always feel like outsiders or misfits wherever they are.
“So here’s to the outsiders, the misfits, the quirky, awkward, quiet ones. Celebrate your difference, while daring to shape the world around you.”
“I’ve always wanted to fit in. I’ll admit it’s been a weakness of mine. I guess it stemmed from that insecure 10-year-old Kenyan girl trying to find a place in this ‘New World,’ called America. My ‘funny accent,’ and ‘funny name,’ would ensure my square peg would never fit in their round holes.”
The mother of one said she first struggled to fit in when she went to the US as a 10-year-old and after 14 years of staying in the US, came back to Kenya but still struggled fit into the Kenyan culture which felt so different, and the harder she tried to fit in, the easier it was to know she was different.
“A decade ago when I returned to Kenya, after 14 years in the US, I was met with the same dilemma this time trying to fit in to a culture that was my own but was so foreign. Again my ‘funny accent,’ 😜and ‘funny name,’ (Rubadiri is Malawian🇲🇼) made sure of that. I realised the harder I tried to fit in, the louder my difference would SCREAM.
“Something helped though and that was becoming a journalist right when I got back home. It turned me into a student of my Kenyan people, language and peculiarities. Every story I told was a lesson.”
Ms Rubadiri mentioned that becoming a journalist really helped her learn the Kenyan culture through everything she did.
“Each year I grew in my career, I accepted my ‘outsider’ tag a bit more and used it to my advantage. I gained a unique perspective on the world around me and tried to articulate that through my storytelling.”
With time, she got to accept the outsider tag she had been given by many and used it to her advantage, and always worked to better herself each day.
“Not having the comfort of ‘belonging’ kept me hungry to learn more and strive to tell a story as it is. It is a privilege to do what I do and give my audience a view of their world through my lens.
“Once I accepted that I’m terrible at fitting in and better off working on myself and my craft that changed everything for me,” she finished off.