Here Are The Amazing Facts You Din’t Know About Citizen TV’s Kirigo Ng’arua

1.    Growing up, she played literally
Kirigo Ng’arua grew up
in Jerusalem, Harambee and South B areas of Nairobi. She is the first born in
family of two children and her brother is a lawyer.
Recollecting her
childhood and family status, Kirigo told: “I cannot say we came from a well-off
family, but also cannot say we came from the poorest of all. We were
comfortable, and it was a joy growing up.”
Just like every other
kid, Kirigo loved to play.
“I did everything – I
played ‘bladaa’, ‘bano’, ‘cha mama na cha baba’, and even Play Station. It was
pretty much normal and a good one.”
2.    She is a Catholic University of Eastern
Africa alumnus
In her primary and
secondary education, Kirigo says she attended what she calls ‘normal’ schools
in Nairobi.
For her higher
education, she enrolled for a Journalism course (Radio Production) at Tangaza
College which is a constituent college of Catholic University of Eastern
She is now undertaking
her Master’s degree at the University of Nairobi.
3.    She cannot stand mediocrity
Kirigo says what
pushes her on in life is the desire not to be mediocre.
“We are not meant to
live mediocre lives, we are meant to be the stars – we are meant to shine,” she
Adding: “Who are you
to play small, who are you not to shine bright? You are a child of God – you
are meant to prosper! Life should never be lived doing basic things.”
Kirigo says she
strives for perfection which is never easy to achieve.
4.    She never thought she will be a TV anchor
In however much Kirigo
says she did not foresee herself being a celebrated anchor, she recollects
seeing herself being in the media.
“Ever since I was in
standard six, I knew I was going to be in the media. This came from one time
when I watched CNN’s Christiana Amanpour reporting and saw how she was unbiased
and got inspired to be a reporter too.”
Kirigo says her dream
however metamorphosed into the fields of: branding, advertising and public
relations, but maintains it remained in the media industry
But how did Kirigo get
to TV?
“Mike Okinyi thought I
had what it takes to be a female sports anchor. I did the screen test, but our
boss, Farida Karoney thought differently. She gave me the opportunity to do
what I am doing now. Since then, everyday has been a highlight on TV.”
5.    She has had her mohawk hair for 3 years
Kirigo’s trademark
hairstyle – the mohawk has been her preferred look for the past 3 years.
She says it is
something which makes her stand out.
“It is really
something I love; it is different and unique. I have met a lot of people who
say I wish I had the guts to do that – you can! This is hair, it’s going to
“I am not a rebel; I
just enjoy doing things differently. I wouldn’t want to fall into the trap of
what everyone does.”
Kirigo says the mohawk
is just one of the many hairstyles she’s experimented with. She’s done blonde
and dread locks before.
Kirigo, however, says
her viewers never get to see her mohawk on TV since she knows how to place
herself strategically not to reveal the hairstyle which many might say is not ‘news
reader appropriate’.
6.    She cooks sweet meals when she is in bad
Kirigo says she cooks
the best of meals when her mood’s compass is pointing south.
“My brother says I
make my best meals when I am in a bad mood. When you upset me, I’ll get into
the kitchen and cook an exceptional meal!”
She added: “I however
enjoy cooking, and right now my fascination is baking.”
On her favourite meal,
Kirigo said she doesn’t have a particular one since she eats the same meal
every other day – brown rice, protein and vegetables.
7.    Kirigo detests colourful underwear worn
under light leggings and tights for ladies
The easy TV anchor
says her sense of style has no name, but prioritises decency.
“I don’t have a
standard style of dressing. I wouldn’t want to be confined in a box – that’s
why I have a mohawk and wear what I want to wear. But every attire I put on,
should be one that my family approves of,” she said.
Kirigo Ng’arua has a
word for those ladies who wear colourful innerwear under light tights, with
tops which are not long enough to cover their bums.
“If you are wearing
tights, please wear black underwear, not red or white – that’s the most
important thing. I think it is important to cover your vitals.”
She further advised: “I
know when you wear tights, you have your legs exposed; then have your upper
body covered. You cannot show everything – it has to be in small details. If
you give people everything, they see and eat and move on. You’ll keep wondering
– oh my God no one hits on me…”
8.    She appreciates the value women bring to
Kirigo acknowledges
the worth women bring with them: “When a man is surrounded by a beautiful
strong woman – a woman who knows herself, he blossoms and becomes who he is
meant to be. She does not necessarily need to change him, but to make him the
best version of himself.”
“I appreciate the men
who have taken their time and effort of learning how to be in a relationship
with women – without necessarily having to keep a side-chic. They are awesome!”
she affirmed.
9.    She would forgive a first time cheating man
Unlike most women who
will pack up their things and leave a cheating man to languish in loneliness,
Kirigo says she would actually forgive a first time cheater.
“Why wouldn’t I
forgive a first time cheater? We are human – we make mistakes. If we sit down,
and it is something that can be resolved, why shouldn’t I? Don’t I expect to be
forgiven if I do something like that?”
She adds: “Sometimes
you have to put yourself in that position and ask yourself: If I was the one
caught doing ABCDEFG, would I want to be forgiven?”
10.    She is discovering her role as a woman in
home setting
Kirigo says she is
still learning her role as a woman in a home setting, though she did not
disclose if she is dating.
The news anchor says
when she marries, she would cook for her husband and family.
But when it comes to
washing clothes: “It’s 2015! There are washing machines, so we’d buy those. I
could wash, but that’s not top of the list.”
Kirigo says the only
thing she looks for in a man is a friend.
“Once you have a
friend, the rest builds up from there. You can be able to tell them you are not
being ambitious enough, you are not dreaming hard enough.”
According to Kirigo, a
lot of complications originate from lack of friendships in relationships.
Credit – Citizen


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