Julie Gichuru: How I Overcame Stage Fright


Julie Gichuru tells the story of her journey to stardom in an exclusive interview. She rose from unpaid reporter to one of the most respected media figures in Africa. Her journey to the media world was a result of a quest to make a living. She wanted to make some big earnings that would help her in making a living as against fulfilling a childhood dream. After she obtained a degree in law from Cardiff University and an MBA World Trade Law and International Business, Julie returned to Kenya, and like every young Kenyan, she looked for a job in order to support her grandmother.

In her words, “I knew it would be hard (to get a job). People told me six months minimum, I would be tarmacking. So I handed my CV everywhere…I really needed money,”.

Over the time, Julie has  left a trail where there had been no path . She has worked for nearly all mainstream media stations; starting at KTN then CapitalFM, NTV and is now the current host of Citizen TV’s Sunday Live and as the Group Digital Business Manager.

She tells her interviewer about the problems she had to overcome; which ranges from battling stage fright to the divorce of her parents.

However, it is the demise of their third-born son that hit Julie in a way she finds hard to express even today.

In her words, “It was devastating. There is nothing you can imagine that could even compare to that. For months, I struggled to breath…it changed my whole perception of life.”

Watch the video of her interview below:

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