Former Citizen screen siren opens up about losing her lucrative job and selling 'mitumba' for the first time

Last year, Terryanne Chebet was among the big fish sent home when Royal media decided to cut-back on their employees.

Terryanne Chebet

Speaking to Larry Madowo a few months after losing her lucrative job, the pretty news anchor opened up about the unexpected hurdle her career met. “I was affected in a staff downsizing which was devastating g because it was at the prime of my career…it was very difficult.

We all knew there was going to be a downsizing but you never think it will affect you. You are really never ready …there was a lot of tears.

It’s one of the hardest things to deal with because you are thinking if you are so good at your job, then why did they let you go? But business happens and people have to do what they have to do.”

Luckily for her, she didn’t have to struggle so much as she already had a booming side-hustle with Keyara Organics and they are planning to expand to South Africa and also a digital agency called Scarlet Digital which is faring well.

But these are not her first business as she debuted into the business world with Mitumba (Second-hand) clothes straight out of high school.

“I’ve always been interested in business and my first business was actually selling mitumba clothes when I had just finished high school and I had nothing to do. I am from Kitale so my mum gave me a couple of hundred shillings so I went to Kimilili on a market day, they really had amazing things which I washed, ironed and packaged and sold what I had bought for 10 shillings for about 60 to 70 shillings.” She said.

A few years after establishing a booming mitumba business, Terryanne a trained TV producer joined KBC as a news anchor in December 2004.

This was after KBC announced that there were slots available and she joined the public broadcaster alongside legends like Kanze Dena, Maalim Said and Jason Runo among others.

She later Joined CNBC Africa where she honed her skills as a business journalist before Citizen TV came calling.

So is this the end of TV reporting for Terryanne Chebet? Thankfully no, she revealed that if an opportunity comes she will definitely get back in the game as she has a passion for Business reporting.

Watch the NTV interview below:

Terryane Chebt on losing her Citizen job and selling 'mitumba'

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