Anne Ngugi’s story has always inspired many. That is why she is the right person to comment on the ongoing musical chairs that are currently happening.
The former TV news anchor has come out to advice journalists that it is of great import to be driven by passion and not money.
“Those [transitions] are more of individual decisions that different people make in life, based on different perspectives. Some go for money, while others go for exposure or even because they want to follow people,” she said.
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“To the individual journalist, just know your reason for moving to the next place.”
Having worked so long in different media houses, she says her experience has taught her that money can deceive a person.
“I have come to realise that neither money nor fame can make you a better journalist, but passion can. Make sure you are going for knowledge, and try to identifying yourself with a media house that is believable to be good, more than looking for the money that you will scoop from them, although we are in different journeys in this field,” she said.
“Once you start moving because everyone is moving, you will end up losing your identity, and you may even find out that you are empty without achieving any goal.”
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Anne Ngugi is currently working at BBC after being away from media, where she is working as a reporter and a radio presenter.
Anne described the providence and good fortune as,
“Its called the crowning of pain… it’s expensive but allow God to reign.”
Earlier on, she worked at Mediamax, where she was sacked — an experience she says she never imagined could happen because she believes she was competent enough in her work.
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Anne Ngugi narrated in a past interview how she was hurt and her life changed drastically.
She had to move out from her Hurlingham home where she was staying with her family and went to leave in the outskirts of the city.
“I did not give up despite the problems I was facing. I managed to maintain my children’s lifestyle.”
She recalled how her bosses refused to pick up her calls every time she called them and was forced to sell one of their cars; a Mercedes Benz because they, (her and hubby) couldn’t maintain it.
She has since moved on and is content with her new workplace, saying the past was a learning experience to her career.
“I LOST PEOPLE I THOUGHT WERE MY FRIENDS. I EVEN CALLED FORMER COLLEAGUES TO HOOK ME UP WITH JOBS, BUT THEY IGNORED ME. THAT WAS HARD TO BELIEVE. PEOPLE CHANGE A LOT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO GIVE ANYMORE.”