Ciru Muriuki Biography
Ciru Muriuki whose full name is Angela Wanjiru Muriuki was born on 16th April. She is a media personality who is the host of K24’s Alfajiri show and the former co host of The Trend.
Ciru Muriuki Career
Ciru Muriuki began her career at Homeboyz Radio and later moved to Citizen’s Hot 96 FM and later Nation FM until she was sucked in 2015. She was a co-host at Nation TV with Larry Madowo on the Trend.She now hosts K24’s Alfajiri show.
Ciru Muriuki leaves ‘The Trend’
On 10th November 2017 Ciru did her last show on ‘The Trend’
after three years in the show.
“Good morning! Last night, I did my final show on The Trend. It
has been three crazy years. When what later became the #TTTT
segment started, it was literally 10 minutes of television with
me and Anto Neosoul in the Nation FM studios. At the time, i had
no way of knowing how big the show would get. I gained an on air
family in @larrymadowo @eddiebutita , @mamarthur @anitanderu @blessednjugush and @jahmbykoikai. This show has opened doors beyond my wildest dreams, and I’m walking through one of those doors now. I’m very excited about what the future holds and I will be sharing the next stage of my journey with you all as soon as I’m allowed to! Thank you all for your love and support and I hope you will join me for the next chapter!As always, ? by @festolang,” Ciru wrote.
Ciru Muriuki Sister
She has a sister Karen who lives with autism.
“This is my sister Karen. She is slightly less than 13 months older than me. She was my first bestie.
Karen has not had an easy life, she is on the Autism spectrum. She has had to deal with a family that didn’t understand her, schools that didn’t quite know what to do with her, and the inevitable bullying from little shits masquerading as children.
And in spite of all this, she is the kindest, most giving, and most incredibly talented person I know. You should hear her playing the piano. Friends. She will blow your mind.
If I could, I’d give my sister the world, and I’m working every day until I can. Before I can make that NYS money, I need a favor.
You see, Karen has wanderlust, but had never been fortunate
enough to leave the country. I want to change that, and you can
Go on this link and vote for me, and let us make my sister’s entire year…scratch that…entire LIFE.Sank you please.”
“I’m in tears. Thank you for showing my sister so much love. Thank you”
Ciru Muriuki Interview
Interviewer: What’s your first name?
Ciru Muriuki: Angela.
Interviewer: How come you don’t use it often?
Ciru Muriuki: I’ve never really liked the name Angela. I never
had a unique name all through high school because there were
other two or three Angelas. But the saddest thing is how many
Cirus there are. So I’m doomed to being part of the crowd.
Interviewer: Do people ever confuse you with Ciku Muiruri?
Ciru Muriuki: All the time and it irritates her as well. We both
get stuff that’s meant for the other and we joke that the other
should change their name. The cool thing is, we are friends. I
didn’t have locks before and that’s what used to differentiate
us, but now I have them. It’s funny sometimes and at other times
it can be a little frustrating.
Interviewer: You studied medicine?
Ciru Muriuki: Yes. All my life I was pushed to the mainstream
professions and I ended up in medical school.
Interviewer: For how long?
Ciru Muriuki: Three years. When they tell you medicine is a
calling, it’s not a joke. I dropped out though; I don’t know if
my mother has ever forgiven me. I had a conversation with my dad
and he told me to look into journalism because I seemed good at
expressing myself. I remember when Capital FM started, I was
still in high school and it sounded like so much fun. That’s
when the seed was planted and I thought radio is something I
could possibly do. After I left medical school, Homeboyz radio
had auditions and we were among the first crop of presenters. I
actually started my career with Mwalimu Rachel as my co-host.
Interviewer: Radio has been a huge part of your life
Ciru Muriuki: In the beginning, it was more of a “what if”?
Homeboyz solidified it and I left when I joined Daystar
Interviewer: What are you studying?
Ciru Muriuki: I’m doing communication. I’m actually back in
school this semester. It’s time to finally get done with my
Interviewer: So do you find yourself unconsciously diagnosing people?
Ciru Muriuki: The thing about medical school is you don’t
diagnose other people, you diagnose yourself; it’s the worst.
You start coughing and you think, could this be… and that’s
why they say doctors make the worst patients. It was really
hard-core but we partied really hard, I have very fond memories
of med school, aside from how hideous the studying bit was. It
Interviewer: How was it going back to radio?
Ciru Muriuki: I’d missed it because I had been off air for three
months, then I got a job at Hot 96. If it were my first time on
air, then there would have been a degree of nervousness, but I
didn’t have that because I’d been on radio for a long time, you
Interviewer: You are very opinionated…
Ciru Muriuki: The word “opinionated” carries a negative
connotation and I don’t know why, especially when it’s applied
to women. I have strong opinions and that’s a good thing; I find
it unfortunate that someone will call me “opinionated” and
“bossy” but a man with my attributes is called assertive and a
true leader. I don’t understand this.
Interviewer: Does that quality offend or annoy people?
Ciru Muriuki: It does. You should see my Twitter mentions. There are people who will attack me as a person, not even addressing what I might have said to offend them. People have called me ugly, unattractive and fat because I really have strong opinions on things that happen. Like when I see an article fat-shaming people in the newspapers. You don’t have to write to big women and tell them that they are big because they know that already. I’m a curvy woman, if you told me “Ciru, you are not skinny,” I already know that and you are not going to catch me walking into Woolworths to the small and medium section, I’m quite aware of how I look like. These women are already struggling with self- esteem. I have strong opinions on things and it offends people but then again there’s no one who is universally liked. There are people who didn’t like Nelson Mandela. I’m not fighting for anyone’s freedom, so you can imagine… But once in a while
there are people who appreciate and show me love and it kind of
dulls the sting of negativity. So I say what I say and I go home
and watch Scandal.
Interviewer: Do the insults get to you?
Ciru Muriuki: They do, there are times people have gone below
the belt and insulted my mother and I’m like, “Hey! my mom
wasn’t on The Trend”. When someone really wants to hurt you,
they can. I’ve had situations where I’m scrolling through my
mentions and I have to stop because if I keep going on, I will
cry. But I can say I have got a thicker skin because I’m not as
sensitive as I used to be. They are just opinions and those
people don’t know me.
Interviewer: What do you think about having your own talk show?
Ciru Muriuki: It’s actually something that I’m looking to do.
It’s a project I may be working on, God willing.
Interviewer: What would be the name of the show, if you got it?
Ciru Muriuki: I have no idea, I’m so bad at naming things. When
I have children, I’m sure it’s their dad who’ll name them.
Interviewer: Do you fuss over your body image?
Ciru Muriuki: Of course! I don’t think there are that many women who are 100 per cent content; we all struggle with healthy body issues. I’m curvy and there are times when I’m really feeling
myself and there are times when I’m like, “Oh God”. But this year I’ve taken charge of what I eat.
Interviewer: Are you going to the gym, too?
Ciru Muriuki: No, I walk everywhere. I find it so therapeutic,
especially if I’ve had a bad day. I just walk and clear my head.
I don’t know whether that’ll change when I buy my car; maybe
I’ll go to the gym.
Interviewer: Was it your decision to stay on ‘The Trend’ or did Larry Madowo have an influence?
Ciru Muriuki: We had a conversation with Larry; we are good
friends and I enjoy doing ‘The Trend’. It wasn’t a hard decision
to make and I didn’t have to do any soul searching. It’s also
really good for my brand because there are a lot of opportunities that have come my way because of it. I have to be pragmatic about things.
Interviewer: If you were to be a super heroine, who would you be?
Ciru Muriuki: I would be Jean Grey, she was the most powerful of the X Men and she killed Professor X.
Interviewer: How many times have you had to put on a brave face even when you’re feeling bad?
Ciru Muriuki: Everyone who works in broadcast media will tell
you that all they want to do sometimes is go home, crawl into
their bed and cry, but they can’t. You have work to do and your
issues are none of your audiences’ business. I’ve done that so
many times. I’ve had bad days and even gone on air after a break
Interviewer: Do tell…
Ciru Muriuki: No, that was a long time ago. I was much younger.
Your work isn’t going to wait for you to be okay, you go on air
even when you have cramps. You just have to find a way to make
Interviewer: How was your first experience on television, considering you had been on radio?
Ciru Muriuki: It was a huge change because people knew my voice but no one knew who I was, so I could go through my life with relative anonymity. Now people know Ciru Muriuki and they know what I look like. There are people who’ll come up to me and say: “Great job, I love you on the show and on The Trend,” especially after I co-hosted the show with Victoria Rubadiri.
But there were negative comments, too. Someone once asked who
will marry me, I told him, “Clearly not you, I don’t know why
you are concerned, why are you so bothered?” There are times
I’ve just had a bad day and I just want to go home and people
are stopping me and I have to smile. One thing I do know is, I
have this thing called the “resting bitch face” and people are
scared of approaching me. But say, hi.
Ciru Muriuki: I’m not going to answer that.
Ciru Muriuki: People don’t need to know that. If and when I get
married you’ll see him.
Interviewer: You like dressing in black
Ciru Muriuki: I think it’s my comfort zone. Like this morning as
I was preparing to come for the interview. I had outfits laid
out on my bed; my sister saw a pile of black, asked what I was
doing and I told her I was trying to figure out what to wear.
She looked at the pile, then at me, and said, “they are all
black.” It’s become my trademark.
Interviewer: What don’t people know about you?
Ciru Muriuki: I’m an introvert, if you ask me to go to a party
you would really have to talk me into it. My perfect evening
will be sitting in front of the television with a glass of wine
or a cup of tea by myself. Or reading a good book.
Interviewer: How often do you go out?
Ciru Muriuki: Occasionally, the last time I was out was on New
Year’s Eve, and even then it was because my best friend was
Interviewer: A hug or a handshake?
Ciru Muriuki: In the grand scheme of things, I prefer a hug to a
handshake because I don’t know where your hands have been, so
just hug away.
Source: Daily Nation