The Kenyan media fraternity has over the years grown to become one of the most influential in East Africa.
But you have to agree with me that what makes a good media house or showbiz company is not just a name or content, but also the personalities and the faces gracing our screens.
Everyone would want to tune into a TV station to look at a beautiful news anchor or TV host, basically, one who’s appealing to the eye.
Some of the most reputable and gorgeous female media personalities in Kenya at the moment include; Lilian Muli, Janet Mbugua, Sophia Wanuna, Betty Kyallo, Lulu Hassan, Victoria Rubadiri just to mention a few.
But before all these new anchors came to the limelight, there were other personalities, who were dearly loved but are nowhere to be seen now.
1. Tero Mdee
Namtero Mdee a.k.a Tero Mdee was one of the first TV hosts for a popular entertainment show, Straight Up, and no doubt, one of the most stunning and classy media personalities back then. She got married to a pastor after moving back to her home country Tanzania. She’s sister to renowned Bongo singer Vanessa Mdee.
2. Esther Arunga
Her warm smile and breathtaking beauty made her a favourite of many during her TV days on KTN. Sadly, she quit and got married,eventually making her way into the political scene after being swayed by one Quincy Timberlake. She later moved to Australia with him and gave birth to two kids, but sadly, one son passed away.
3. Catherine Kasavuli
Every woman wants to age gracefully like this renowned media personality, who worked until her retirement dayto without looking a day older. Kasavuli was known for her mellow and magnificent voice and stellar presentation skills that saw her become the top female personality in the TV industry.
4. Beatrice Marshall
She was one of the faces that resonated well with the Kenyan media scene during her news anchoring days at KTN, giving it an edge over the rest with a very admirable profile and approach to news and features. Beatrice Marshall is still a prominent news anchor and last I checked she was hosting political shows at CCTV.
5. Sophie Ikenye
Looking at her was a breath of fresh air and there’s no doubt that Sophie Ikenye was one of the most budding TV personalities in Kenya. When Sophie walked into the studio, one found it hard to look away and had one of the most impeccable voices on TV. The lovely Sophie Ikenye is currently working at BBC, London.
6. Winnie Mukami
You probably remember her from her signature Bob haircut, which was a big deal back in the day. Winnie Mukami was a news anchor at NTV & KBC but she’s currently working at a PR firm, Winners Frontiers International as a director after being retrenched from NTV. Mukami always exuded courage and confidence during her live broadcasts and was an ever smiling presenter.