Who is Waihiga Mwaura? | Waihiga Mwaura Biography and Wiki
Waihiga Mwaura is an award-winning Kenyan journalist, working for Royal Media Services (RMS) owned station, Citizen TV, hosting as one of the leading prime-time political TV shows on, Newsnight and also produces investigative stories for the special projects desk.
Waihiga has moderated panel discussions on varied topics in Nairobi, Lagos, and London for Citizen TV, the London School of Economics, World Bank, BBC amongst other institutions and is also a keynote speaker with a nuanced understanding of the African media scene. In July 2019, he gave a presentation for Chatham House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Waihiga Mwaura Age | Birthday
Mwaura is 35 years old as of 2019, he was born on June 6, 1984, in Kenya. He celebrates his birthday on June 6th every year. Waihiga will be 36 years old on June 6th, 2020.
Waihiga Mwaura Height and Weight
Mwaura appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by. However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.
Waihiga Mwaura Education
Mwaura is a proud graduate of Rusinga Schools in Nairobi’s Lavington area, where together with his colleague, Citizen TV senior anchor Anne Kiguta were classmates and both proceeded to Daystar University.
Waihiga Mwaura Family
Waihiga Mwaura Parents | Waihiga Mwaura Brother
After doing our research, much detail about his parents is not available. However, following in one of the interviews, he stated that he has two other siblings, whose names are still under review. He mentions appreciating his parents’ efforts as they raised him, he stated;
“They talked to us about the prospect of being a family of lawyers and passing it on through generations but the best thing about them was that they allowed us to express ourselves from a young age. They instilled in us the value of education and strong Christian values.”
Not stopping there, in 2017, his wife gave a review of Waihiga’s Parents. She wrote;
“Yesterday I had the honor of co-facilitating the services at CITAM Parklands with #theonehekeptforme before his parents came on to deliver the message of the day. Truly a memorable #familyaffair!?“
Waihiga Mwaura Wife | Waihiga Mwaura And Joyce Omondi Wedding
Speaking of his personal life, Waihiga Mwaura is an already married man. He tied the knot with his lovely award-winning Kenyan gospel singer, Joyce Omondi, on December 18, 2015, in a lively, energetic, and dance-filled wedding, at Sawela Lodge in Naivasha. In attendance were a good number of citizen TV journalists, close friends, family and other members of the media fraternity.
While speaking on Switch TV’s Chatspot show, Joyce narrated how they both met, and how she gave Waihiga a hard time before they became an item. Waihiga, who had been smitten after seeing Joyce on Rauka Show, launched a mission to catch her attention. “I started this TV show, Rauka, and he was impressed when he saw me and he told his brother,” she disclosed.
Mwaura who was then love-struck, went to great lengths to meet her but to his disappointment, she refused to give in to his desires. His birthday was approaching and saw it as a perfect opportunity to invite Joyce, as well as her whole production crew to his birthday party.
“When his birthday came up, he literally invited my whole production crew for my show thinking that we hang out all the time, but I did not show up,” a calm Joyce spoke.
This broke his heart, but he did not give up. He took to social media to declare his love and this time he was successful because Joyce responded.
“Then my first song called conquerer came out and he started tweeting me publically, “my celebrity crash is Joyce Omondi, then after that, I just responded, then I invited him to my birthday party, he came and that was the time we actually met.
Waihiga Mwaura Baby | Waihiga Mwaura Pregnant
The couple is yet to be blessed with a baby, since their marriage. However, we are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.
Waihiga Mwaura Facts and Body Measurements
Here are some interesting facts you don’t want to miss about Waihiga Mwaura.
- Full Name: Waihiga Mwaura
- Age/ How Old?: 35
- Date of Birth: June 6, 1984
- Place of Birth: Kenya
- Education: Rusinga Schools, Daystar University
- Birthday: June 6th
- Nationality: Kenyan
- Siblings: 2
- Married?: Yes
- Children/ Kids: No
- Profession: Journalist
Waihiga Mwaura Career
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Speaking of his career, Waihiga grew up like all other kids having different career choices. He initially wanted to be a pilot. When his family moved from Donholm to Westlands, technical sciences piqued his interest pushing him to eventually pursue a computer science degree at Africa Nazarene University.
“I was one of those kids who were confused about what they wanted to do and computer science at the time seemed like a good idea – the Internet boom was happening in Kenya and everyone was big on IT,” he explains.
He states in his biography that he kept n changing his career from time to time from a doctor being inspired by the works of Ben Cason to being an engineer. After doing his internship and graduated from the course, he confesses that he since hated IT.
“My media journey has been one of the gradual steps forward. Even when I took a step forward and two steps backward, the highlights have been incremental. I thank God for this because it gave me a chance to take it all in at every level. Sometimes when success comes at a very young age, you can lose your head.”
Having not gone the conventional path of formal media training, media felt far removed. This prompted him to get into acting even as he asked around for media internships and dropped his CV at media houses. After one season of production, he realized that he was also not cut out for acting.
“That experience was an eye-opener. I got into it thinking that I would be the next Will Smith but I left there humbled. Portraying different emotions on cue is hard! I have a deep respect for actors.” Waihiga says Reminiscing his acting days.
It is during this period that he refers to as a ‘wilderness experience’ that he got his first call to audition for a show at Citizen TV. Unfortunately, he did not get the callback. Always the optimist, he reveals that this period allowed him to trust in God and learn how to survive on little money.
“I am grateful that my parents did not kick me out during that time because to them, I had refused to get a job despite having gone to school to chase my passion,” he recounts.
As fate would have it, the producer of the show, having seen his potential, recommended him when the next auditions came round. Waihiga finally got his big break when he got picked to host Zinduka – entrepreneurship shows that ran on Wednesdays during the prime time news; something he admits is no mean feat. Naturally, he was very excited and relieved that he was finally getting direction in his life. His parents also shared in the relief as they felt that he had finally gained traction.
Finally, a vacancy presented itself within the organization after two seasons of Zinduka and he thus joined the Power Breakfast show team, where he worked for two years, becoming a familiar face on TV screens. Around the same time, he also involved himself with the sports desk and when the breakfast show ran its course, he joined the sports desk fully as a producer and anchor. It was here that he would slowly but surely become a household name.
“I was always aware of my lack of formal media training so I kept taking every opportunity to learn. I applied for training programs and talked to seasoned journalists. I was also very persistent and strove to bring something unique to the table,” says the three-time Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) nominee.
This saw him clinch the CNN MultiChoice Africa Award in 2012 for a story on Maasai Morans who were using the cricket in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) dubbed Maasai Cricket Warriors. In 2015, he won the inaugural Mo Amin Award for a story on doping in athletics that was recognized by World Anti-Doping Agency who warned Kenyan authorities against laxity in taking action against the vice.
“My media journey has been one of the gradual steps forward. Even when I took a step forward and two steps backward, the highlights have been incremental. I thank God for this because it gave me a chance to take it all in at every level. Sometimes when success comes at a very young age, you can lose your head,” says the journalist who describes himself as dependable, resolute, bold and helpful.
Waihiga Mwaura BBC
To him, any other challenge was preparing him for greater things. One of these greater things is his most notable award yet which came in September 2018 when he became the first Kenyan journalist to win the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for his passion for giving Africans a voice. According to the panel, this was what set him apart. His story-telling ability, as well as his on-screen presence, also impressed the judging panel.
Unknown to many, he had been shortlisted twice before but did not clinch it. Interestingly, Komla Dumor, the Ghanaian journalist the award is named after, also did not have formal journalism training. The steady effort, consistency, and persistence, he reveals, is what has worked for him.
As part of the prize, he traveled to BBC’s head offices in London for training, and experience the terms as enlightening and humbling. “In Kenya, people might easily recognize you on the streets but there, in the midst of 20,000 other journalists, you realize that you are just one small part of the puzzle.
The way they also take the information they put out seriously is something as Kenyan media we should emulate especially now in the wake of fake news,” he emphasizes. He also challenges other Kenyan journalists and media professionals to take up solution-focused journalism, something he is vocal about on social media and on his website – www.waihigamwaura.com.
Citizen TV Anchors and Reporters
His fellow news team at Citizen TV include:
- Yvone Okwara Matole
- Jeff Koinange
- Victoria Rubadiri
- Trevor Ombija
- Lilian Muli
- Hussein Mohammed (resigned)
- Swaleh Mdoe
- Mwanahamisi Hamadi
- Nimrod Taabu
- Mashirima Kapombe
- Jamila Mohamed
- Lulu Hassan
- Rashid Abdalla
- Asha Mwilu (investigative reporter)
Waihiga Mwaura Salary
Details about Mwaura’s salary are not yet disclosed. However, information about how much he makes will be updated as soon as it is available.
Waihiga Mwaura Net Worth
Mwaura has not revealed his net worth. He is a simple person and never likes to attract public attention by publicly displaying his wealth. However, this section is under review, we will update you when details about his net worth are revealed.
Waihiga Mwaura Awards and Achievements
Mwaura, being a 4-time award-winning Kenyan journalist, news-anchor and moderator, he is the first male winner of the prestigious BBC World News 2018 Komla Dumor award, 2015 winner of the Mo Amin Africa award and also made a mark on the map of Africa after winning the much-coveted CNN Africa journalist of the year award in the sports category (2012). This was after working only a few years for Royal Media.
In 2019, he was awarded the 2019 UBA award by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum for his contribution to the media. He is also a 3-time Media Council of Kenya awards nominee (2015-2017) and was recognized in a list of top 10 Kenyan journalists of 2019.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Waihiga Mwaura
Who is Waihiga Mwaura?
Waihiga is a well-known news reporter for Citizen TV. Prior to joining Citizen TV, he portrayed as an actor in a TV series, The Team: Kenya, which was aimed at using soccer as the common ground to preach unity and root out social conflicts and aired on Citizen TV.
How old is Waihiga?
Waihiga is a Kenyan national born on 6th June 1986, in Kenyan
How tall is Waihiga?
Waihiga has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.
Is Waihiga married?
Yes, he is married to Kenyan gospel singer, Joyce Omondi. They got married on December 18, 2015. However, the couple is yet to have a child.
How much is Waihiga Worth?
Waihiga has not yet revealed his net worth. We will update this section when we get and verify information about the wealth and properties under his name.
How much does Waihiga make?
There are no details showing his annual or monthly earnings, his salary figures will be updated as soon as they are available.
Where does Waihiga live?
He is a resident of Nairobi, Kenya, we shall upload pictures of her house as soon as we have them.
Is Waihiga dead or alive?
Waihiga is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.
Where is Waihiga Now?
Waihiga is pursuing his career in journalism. He is working as a news reporter at Royal Media Services (RMS) owned station, Citizen TV since 2016.
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