Boni Odinga

Journalist fulfils his dream at Internews

Curiosity has always been my bane,” Boni Odinga says wistfully “...but also my blessing”, he adds with a Boni chortle.

For someone who got into a lot of trouble in early childhood for being “too curious”, it is interesting that he didn’t stop.

A journalist for the past 10 years, and with a 2007 CNN African Journalist of the Year award under his belt, Boni has been, according to Wikipedia, one of the TV journalists with which a nascent Kenyan TV sector will always be associated. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenya_Television_Network

Boni joins Internews after an eventful TV career with Kenya Television Network (KTN), where he was a frontline journalist. His career at KTN was preceded by a four-year-stint on Metro FM late-night as a ‘love doctor’.

Boni has joined Internews as a Free and Fair Media TV trainer with a keen focus on the next General Election. “Journalists must this time get it right,” Boni says, viewing footage of the chaotic and tragic 2007 Election that resulted in the loss of life. “There was too much incitement and subjective reporting, and this time ‘round I look forward to playing the role of shaping how news is covered, professionally. It must be, this time around.”

A graduate of Daystar University and a Chevening scholar with an MA in Journalism and Political communication from Cardiff University, Boni was an enthusiastic rugby player in his former life.

“I trained with Internews in health reporting back in my radio days and have always wanted to come back and learn some more from Internews…and here goes”.