Today we take exclusively to Willis Angira. Willis is currently the Communications and Events Manager at CfC Stanbic Bank but he has had stints in media both in Kenya and the UK.
NL: What schools did you go to help in your journey as a professional starting from Primary, Secondary and college?
W.A. As the son of a primary school teacher, my initial educational journey was synonymous with my mum’s teaching career. I started off at Arya Primary School in Kisumu city for seven years and later sat for KCPE at Kibuye Mixed Primary School. I proceeded to Kisii School for my secondary school education and joined Kenyatta University thereafter for my undergraduate degree – Bachelor of Education majoring in English and Literature. My postgraduate studies saw me travel to the United Kingdom, to the University of Wolverhampton where I studied Human Resource Management and later media at The Radio School of Excellence in Reading.
NL.com: You worked in media for many years. How was your journey in that esteemed profession?
W.A. Believe it or not my journey in this esteemed profession started off at the state broadcaster KBC where I was doing an internship, before being snapped up by KTN barely two months into the internship to replace the then business news anchor Patrick Maigua who was leaving for the BBC. It was my first paid employment in Kenya and was really exciting at the time. I later left mainstream media in Kenya as I relocated back to the UK but continued serving the esteemed profession as a correspondent for the local TV stations particularly NTV for whom I reported on the London underground bombings and the grilling of the former Ethics PS John Githongo’s by the PAC while he was in exile in the UK.
NL.com: What were your highlights in the media business? What were your lows?
W.A.: My highlights in the media business are several. Firstly when I carried the Commonwealth torch in the UK as a trainee broadcast journalist with Grimsby TV and secondly my second stint in the media being part of team at KTN covering the historic 2013 general elections. My low would have to be when I quit KTN the first time. I was young and eager to make it to the very top in broadcasting in Kenya and for me it was a big blow having to stop doing what I really loved and was passionate about.