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Citizen TV’s Stephen Letoo wins prestigious award a week after receiving death threats

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Citizen TV’s Stephen Letoo wins prestigious award a week after receiving death threats

Barely a week after receiving death threats over his bold coverage of the controversial second phase of the Mau forest evictions, Citizen TV's Stephen Letoo has bagged the prestigious Maa Male Media personality of the year.

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The award was in recognition of his outstanding efforts and excellence in journalism and his contribution to the empowerment and development of the Maa community spread across Kenya and Tanzania.

Speaking after winning the award at Carnivore, Letoo stated that resilience is the key to winning, stating that the secret lies in the ability to pick up the pieces after a crushing defeat and rising to the top again.

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday,” Letoo stated.

Her colleague from Royal Media Services, Viusasa’s Risper Nanai also scooped the Maa Female Media personality of the year.

The senior political reporter at Citizen TV has risen beyond the call of duty with bold reporting which has seen him receive death threats.

Most recently on 06 Sep 2019, his bold reporting on the second phase of the controversial Mau forest evictions saw him receive death threats from unidentified disgruntled people interested in the matter.

Letoo filed a report with the DCI fearing for his life after his home in the village was attacked.

"It is true, my life is in danger, my home was attacked in the village yesterday, now I'm fearing that they are coming for me… I am going to the CID headquarters at 2 pm," he confirmed shortly after the attacks.

The award seeks to recognize the achievements of individuals, groups, organizations and businesses that stand out among the Maa Community in Kenya and Tanzania.

Participants at the event were drawn from Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu, Narok, Marsabit and Kajiado counties that are dominated by the Maa community.

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