communications is recognized as an extraordinarily diverse and flexible field of study. It is highly regarded in business, marketing, education, politics and public relations. Indeed, the ability to develop a targeted message and deliver it effectively is fundamental to the success in these fields among others. Further, the globalization of business in a world that has been brought closer together through the accessibility and immediacy of electronic communications has made cross-cultural and multi-linguistic communications skills more prized than ever. BL magazine interviews Andrine Kilemi (pictured), a professional in communications. Excerpts:
BL: Give us a brief recap of your academic and professional background?
AN : I started my formal education at Isiolo nursery school (currently Bishop Locati nursery school ) before proceeding to Isiolo primary school. Thereafter, I joined Kinyui High School where I only studied for one year and then I was transferred to Muthambi Girls High School in Meru. After passing my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE), I joined Daystar University to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in electronic media and public relations.
As a young student in high school, l realized that my heart and passion were in journalism. I was in form two when l took a keen interest in journalism and drama clubs.
I worked for Shine FM, which is a student’s radio station while at Daystar University as an anchor, reporter and production manager. Although I was not being paid, the job gave me very good experience and it was a launch pad for my career in journalism.
After my fourth year in campus, I was lucky to secure an internship at Citizen TV for four months. This gave me an opportunity to put into practice what I had learnt in campus. One of the highest moments while working as an intern was when a feature story I had done was aired at both 7pm and 9 pm bulletins.
After my Internship, I got a job with a media intelligence company where I worked as a media analyst. I later worked for Azuri Technologies and then moved to TV47 where I am currently a news anchor.
BL: Was this your dream career?
AN: When I was growing up, I wanted to become a teacher. But as time went by, this goal changed to journalism. I am glad that my dream has become a reality.
BL: Tell us more about your career ?
AN: My interest in this field started when I was a child. I liked to watch television and listen to the radio. I would imitate my favourite anchors. Sometimes, I would stand in front of a mirror and role play news anchoring. My dad liked to read newspapers and once he was done with them, I would follow suit. Naturally then, I became passionate about journalism.
My role as a news anchor is to report stories and events happening in the local and international levels. I use my public speaking skills to deliver news to the audience effectively.
Being a journalist has enabled me to interact with people from different social, economic and religious backgrounds. I have also travelled widely in the course of my job.
BL: What are your attributes?
AN: I would say they are persistence, discipline and passion.
Whenever I get a chance to change or improve someone’s life through my work, I grab it with both hands. The prospect of growth lights a fire in me. It all goes down to passion. Being interested in what l do and taking pride in my work I would say is my biggest drive as a person.
BL: What advice would you give other young professionals? AN: Young professionals should be ready to polish themselves before pricing themselves. Sometimes when a graduate gets an opportunity to work in a firm whose pay is not commensurate with the assignment given, he or she becomes sluggish and as a result, learn very little. In my view, the reward is in the risk.