As a kid in primary school, I remember watching John Sibi Okumu on KTN’s “The Summit”, host among others former President Daniel Moi and Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. To be honest, that to me looked like a big deal. My perception of Sibi Okumu and KTN grew by leaps to an incomparable level of admiration.
It has taken more than a decade for another local journalist or talk show host to engage such high profile guests in an honestly unbiased and wittingly objective interview. Thankfully, that has come to pass over the past few months with K24’s Jeff Koinange hosting on his famous bench among others; former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and ICC’s chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo. Museveni also made an appearance on NTV opposite Linus Kaikai, another prolific interviewer who unfortunately, failed to live up to expectation on that particular evening, though we can’t blame him.
Indeed starting during the holidays and now a regular part of their News feature, Citizen TV embarked on a pretty interesting venture spearheaded by Evelyne Wambui and Sylvia Chebet of living out a day with some of these big wigs in their natural, uninhibited informal settings titled “Newsmakers”. They went on to feature William Ruto, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and a list of other notable names are yet set to appear.
Lately however, it’s been the undoubted king of Kenyan comedy, Churchill who has been asking these guys what Kenyans have always wanted to ask or here them being asked. Seeing these guys on Churchill Live enables the viewer to see them in a different light. We get to see them in a livelier, homelier, more human side. There is no doubt that yesterday’s show was to a large extent, a significant achievement for Mr. Dan Ndambuki. Without sounding like a hero worshiper, I think the Prime minister’s presence on last evening’s show, as well as Nollywood star Desmond Eliot’s appearance really took Churchill live to another level.
At the end of the day, these guys are just human beings, not some semi immortal demigods, as we would like to view them.
My challenge to all these talk show hosts and feature presenters; get for us Mr. Kibaki, at least before his term ends….…..I’m sure Kenyans would really appreciate………Jeff, Churchill, Evelyne Wambui, Sylvia Chebet and Linus…..kazi kwenu.