Stephen Mukangai is a well-known sports commentator and journalist in Kenya, but his journey to success was not easy. He had to work his way up from humble beginnings in order to land a lucrative job at Standard Media Group.
Born in Malava, Kakamega County, Mukangai attended primary school in his village before moving on to Ingotse High School and later, Multimedia University of Kenya to develop his journalism skills. However, when he first moved to Nairobi in 2008, he struggled to make ends meet.
Mukangai revealed that he had to take on odd jobs, including working as a toilet cleaner in the Kibera slums, just to make a living. He also took on construction work for a few months but found it to be unreliable and sometimes went to bed hungry.
Despite the challenges, Mukangai did not give up. He continued to hustle and eventually landed a job at Standard Media Group, thanks to a chance meeting with presenter Hassan Mwana wa Ali. He made his debut as a sports commentator during a match between Ulinzi Stars and Red Berets in 2010 and proved that he was worthy of the position.
Mukangai’s hard work paid off as he rose through the ranks and became one of the top sports journalists at Standard Media. He gained fame and his salary also increased, with estimates putting it at between KSH 300,000 to 400,000 per month.