I saw many dead bodies – Kwambox opens up on her days as TV reporter and why she quit

It was very traumatic!

I saw many dead bodies – Kwambox opens up on her days as TV reporter and why she quit

Vybez Radio presenter and former Big Brother Africa (BBA) Kenya representative Sheila Kwamboka has opened up on her days as a K24 TV reporter.

In an interview with SDE, Ms Kwambox recounted how she covered the 2007/2008 post-election violence across the country and she immediately knew that being a reporter is something she did not want to do.

She went on to state that at the time she saw a lot of dead bodies, anger, violence and hate among Kenyans, which is something she had not seen her entire life.

I was part of the guys who started K24 with other awesome presenters… but I knew very quickly I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t go to school to be a journalist. It’s just something that showed up while I was in campus and I went coz I’m the kind of person that always believes in grinding. So when the K24 opportunity appeared I did it and then I covered post-election violence. Terrible. It was very traumatic, I saw so many dead bodies, I saw anger and violence in Kenya in ways that I had never experienced because I was born and raised in Nairobi. I’d never really seen stress until that particular moment travelling all over the country and seeing all this violence and how people had so much hate for each other, I quickly knew I didn’t want to do this,” she narrated.


According to Kwambox, this is one of the things that led her to quitting the job despite being part of the team that was first hired to work at the TV station.

She added that she wanted to tell stories that were not in any way attached to politics and for that reason she had to leave the station.

I wanted to tell people stories, I wanted to give people an opportunity to tell Kenyans stories that’s not necessarily politics. That’s why I stopped,” said Kwambox.


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