Waihiga Mwaura Biography: Age, Education, Wife, Children, Career, Citizen Tv and BBC Africa
Waihiga Mwaura is a journalist, a Tv presenter and a public speaker with a great success in the media industry. He is a good illustration of ‘all dreams are valid’.
His journey to top of the media industry cuts an image of a hardworking, persistent and a determined person.Waihiga Mwaura began his career as an IT expert but later got into journalism.
He has risen through ranks to being one of the most sought-after media personalities in Kenya. His fluency in the queens language, ability to sail through hard topic and professionalism set him apart from other journalists.
Facts about Waihiga Mwaura
- Born in June 6, 1984
- He is a computer scientist
- Worked at Citizen Tv for 14 years before moving to BBC Africa.
- Married to Media personality and gospel singer Joyce Omondi
- His horoscope is GeminiHis friends love to call him Higgs
- His father, David Mwaure contested for Presidency unsuccessfully.
Waihiga Mwaura Age and Education
Waihiga was born in June, 1984 at Dolhom, Nairobi County as a firstborn in a family of 3 children. His parents are both lawyers.His father David Mwaure contested for Presidency unsuccessfully during the 2022 general Elections.
Waihiga began his schooling at Muthaiga Kindergarten. He then went to St Nicholas then to St Mary’s School in Nairobi and finally did his KCSE at Rusinga School.
After highschool, Waihiga joined African Nazarene University where her pursued and lgraduated with a degree in Computer Science.
Waihiga Mwaura as an IT expert and a Banker
Waihiga Mwaura realized that he was not passionate about IT during his 3rd year in campus, during his attachment. Even after graduation, he avoided applying for IT-related jobs.
He first got a job in 2006 at a call centre that served US clients, located along Mombasa Road. A year later, he got into banking sector as management trainee but he still felt unfulfilled.
While working at the bank, he was greatly inspired by media clients he served. A strong urge to join the industry struck and he heeded to the call.
“These people look like they have time on their hands and are actively pursuing their passions,” he said.
At one time, Waihiga recalls disclosing his dream of joining media industry to his supervisor, who ruled out the possibility.
“By the time we were done, the news was on at 7:00 pm so we ended up watching the news in the office as were winding up. I remember telling my supervisor that one day I am going to work over there (pointing to the TV). He laughed at me and said it was impossible for me to go from banking to the media,” Waihiga said in an interview.
Waihiga Mwaura as a businessman
Immediately after quitting bank job, Waihiga and his brother set up an IT based business. It however ran into losses and they were forced to close it after six months.
Waihiga Mwaura as an actor
After business failed, Waihiga decided to try his luck in acting. He landed an Audition with a Tv football show. The show performed so well that he also got an Audition for Youth Show.
Through the show, he built a name for himself, making him more visible and popular.
Waihiga Mwaura at Citizen Tv Sport Desk
After the shows ended, Waihiga learned of an opportunity at sportdesk. Armed with passion and zeal, he joined Citizen Tv
Despite not being a diehard sport fan, Waihiga introduced aggressive investigation sport journalism.In November 2016, he was invited to attend the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Whileworking as a sports anchor, Mwaura clinched the highly contested inaugural Mo Amin award. This is after his investigative sports piece on doping in Kenya caught the attention of the World. The story was recognized by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Kenya and warned the Kenyan government against going slow on the fight against doping.
He was also awarded the CNN Multichoice sports award in 2012 for a creative piece on maasai morans who took up cricket in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation & the spread of HIV/Aids.
Waihiga Mwaura at Citizen Tv News Desk
Waihiga Mwaura moved from Sport Desk in 2017. With his huge experience as a presenter and co-producer,he came up with Citizen Extra, a daily 3-hour news and current affairs show.
The show has ever since transitioned from a station ‘filler’ to a must-watch program with all the latest updates both locally and internationally.
In 2018, Waihiga was named the host of Daybreak, a brand new morning show on Citizen Tv where he regularly interviewed leaders and opinion shapers on the big stories of the day.The Journalist was promoted to special projects editor and oversaw several exposes in 2022.
In December 2021, he was promoted to be the managing editor until he left the station on May 2, 2023.
Waihiga Mwaura Awards
Waihiga Mwaura has ever since got so many awards for his excellent journalism. Here is a list of awards he got;
- BBC World News 2018 Komla Dumor Award
- The 2015 winner of the Mo Amin Africa Award
- The 2012 winner of the CNN Multi-choice Africa Award
- 2019 UBA Award by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum for his contribution to the media.
- He is a 3-time media council if Kenya nomineeNamed among the Top 25 Men in Digital by SOMA for his work in championing the digital transformation journey for Royal Media Services.
Waihiga Mwaura side Hustle
Besides journalism, Waihiga runs a side hustle as a MC, events host and a public speaker.
He has moderated panel discussions on various topics in Nairobi, Lagos, and London for Citizen TV, the London School of Economics, the World Bank, and BBC, amongst other institutions
Waihiga Mwaura wife
Waihiga Mwaura is married to media personality and a gospel singer Joyce Omondi. The two wedded in a private ceremony attention by few friends, family members and media personalities.
The two are often spotted together in events. They occasionally share photos and messages that that show affection and love for one another on social media.