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10 Kenyan Media Personalities You Need To Follow On Twitter

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Twitter is a great tool for breaking news. We have our media personalities who are active twitter users and they offer informative, timely, inspiring and fun content. Why wouldn’t you want to follow them when you have a chance to engage in a discussion? Here’s my list of 10.

* Note: The list is in no Chronological order (Other than alternating male, female..)

Enjoy the poll at the end of the post. (Closing Date: 01.08.2011 at 4:00pm)


Oliver Mathenge is a political and current affairs journalist & writer with the Daily Nation. Very social on and outside twitter. A great event organizer as we can all recall Barstool Poetry at Giggles, opposite Nation Centre.

Follow @OliverMathenge


News anchor with Kenya Television Network (KTN). Interactive on twitter.

Follow @AnneKiguta


Larry Madowo is a business anchor and reporter with NTV Kenya. A tech enthusiast. Creative at tweeting with a bit of irony and sarcasm when discussing matters on a light note.  Be assured for engaging tweets as well as the latest in business.



Woman African Journalist.  Winner of 2009 KTN’s Presenter Show.

Follow @Edith_kimani


Emmy-Award winning Journalist with an MBS (Moran of The Burning Spear) from the President of Kenya. Author, Husband, Father.. NOTHING can put it better than that! And as always,  ALL KENYAN, ALL THE TIME!!

Follow @KoinangeJeff


News Presenter and Senior Editor at Capital FM (Lifestyle). Very unique voice on-air, bringing us the latest at the top of the hour. Excellent opinions when  engaging in a discussion with other awesome Capital FM Radio shows hosts.

Follow @lwalubengo


Journalist extraordinaire, without a doubt. Humorous! Excellent sport updates too from Football to Basketball and F1.

Follow @Mwanikih


Business Journalist blogging at http://www.grainsofmasala.blogspot.com/ Composer of lovely poems available here

Follow @TerryanneChebet


Reporter, Winner of the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award for 2009 in Durban South Africa. Yet to put into electronic, that ‘blog’ from between his ears.

Follow @johnallannamu


Smart at thought, both on TV and Radio. Be assured of some good tweets.

Follow @jamessmat


Who else would you add to this list? Let us know by comment below, or tweet suggestions to @eGichomo 

Update | Here are other Kenyan Media Personalities on twitter that you need to follow as suggested by readers:

Ramah Nyang : Follow @Ramah_Nyang

Mark Masai: Follow @MarkMasai

Kalekye Mumo: Follow @KalekyeMumo

Rob Jillo: Follow @robjillo

Michael Mumo: Follow @m_mumo

Muganda Clay: Follow @mqhlay

Charles Onyango-Obbo: Follow @Cobbo3

Cynthia Nyamai: Follow @CynthiaNyamai 

Thiong’o Nick : Follow @thiongonick

Joseph Bonyo: Follow @JBonyo

  1. July 29, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Good work here Gichomo. But apart from @OliverMathenge i will also include @robjillo and @m_mumo as some of the most informative media tweeps in .ke.

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks K,
      I’ll update the post with other suggested .ke media tweeps on twitter.

  2. July 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    This is a nice post. There is also akina Kalekye, Mark Masai etc.

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      Asante Joliea.

  3. July 29, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Nice. But philip mwaniki, james smart should be huko juu

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Hi KM,
      Thanks. NOTE that it’s my “list of 10” I didn’t prioritize them in any way.. the Poll will do that 🙂 Vote! Vote!

  4. July 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Nice post. But you have forgotten to add: Clay Muganda > @mqhlay, Mugambi Mutegi > @PeterMutegi formerly @thecoloseum , Charles Onyango Obbo > @cobbo3, Macharia Gaitho @machariagaitho, Nick Thiongo @thiongonick, Justus Nyabiage > @JNyabiage J Obonyo @Jbonyo to name but a few….

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      Hi Mmnjus,
      Great suggestions. The list was long so I had to narrow down to 10 tweeps. I’ll update the post to make it as resourceful as possible. Thanks.

  5. July 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    I also find @Ramah_Nyang, @m_mumo and @robjillo as some of the best in breaking news and very engaging.


    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Engaging is key! Noted and now following your suggestions. Thank you Francis.

  6. July 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    And I forgot to list Ramah Nyang… @Ramah_Nyang

  7. debby debz
    July 29, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    jeff koinange keeps me informed, but Phili mwaniki is the most best overall interactive journalist. The others are snobs… I only follow him, jeff, terry anne and olive rmathenge. the rest..well..no impact.

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Good point there Debz,
      Engaging with followers on twitter makes a cutting edge among media persona because unlike while on TV and Radio channels (one way conveyance of news) twitter allows dialogue (two way, instant feedback). Asante.

  8. July 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Nice take Gichomo.. I have to agree.. I think too @Ramah_Nyang does a great job at keeping us immediately informed on the latest with his tweets

    • eGichomo
      July 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      @Ramah_Nyang will definitely appear in the post update. Thank you.

  9. SupremeGREAM
    July 29, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    I think following a journalist on twitter depends on your interests. Some have the content that I look out for others don’t. So the level of ‘interesting’ is relative and valid. Personally Larry, Mwaniki & Obbo stand out. Good post between.

    • eGichomo
      August 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      Thank Supreme. Appreciate it.

  10. Pinky Ghelani
    July 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Very nice..will def follow some of your recommendations 🙂

    • eGichomo
      August 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Pinky, more interesting posts to come..

  11. geff
    July 30, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    In deed these are some amazing pple to follow. TA Chebet& Larry M are some my top favourites.

  12. Ben
    July 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Hi Evans,
    I think Ramah Nyang should also appear, he is quite insightful and quite intelligent tweets.
    I front Ali Khan Satchu too. He is very engaging in both financial matters and politics and he writes for the Star (I think), he never fails to reply or engage in a tweet and appreciates links and all that.
    Larry Madowo is tops too.

    • eGichomo
      August 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      Ben, watch out for the update-post. Your suggestions have been noted. Thanks for dropping by..

  13. T.Githire
    July 30, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Great one! we also need a list of 10 media personalities who need pull their socks @ various aspects..and get a vote. good stuff!!

    • eGichomo
      August 1, 2011 at 12:58 PM

      Hehe.. thanks TG.

  14. August 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Most of the names you’ve floated tend to be more or less drama personalities (pardon my limited expression) apart from Larry Madowo, Philip Mwaniki, Terryanne Chebet and Anne Kiguta, people in this list are taking themselves to be small celebrities. I only know of these four (+ Laura Walubengo to make 5) who actually can engage you in a cerebral discourse…they actually reply and are consistent. To these list, I believe that Charles Onyango Obbo, Samantha Spooner, Macharia Gaitho, Kui Kinyanjui and Andrea Bohnstedt (thought strictly not a journalist)….and oh yes, David MacKenzie also belong there!

    • eGichomo
      August 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      Hi Sawe, strong opinions there.. as well as suggestions. thanks for reading and giving feedback.

  15. August 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    …..oh, sorry! How dare I forgot Ramah Nyang? This guy is a true journalist who’s active in social media and very engaging

  16. MMK
    August 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Don’t like Larry Madowo much. Tweets about himself too much. I voted for Oliver Mathenge

    • Mimi Tu
      August 1, 2011 at 10:48 PM

      Larry Madowo is such a bore and full of himself. Terry Anne Chebet dont appreciate opposing views and she is kind of bitchy and petty. She must be accomodating. John Allan Nyamu is simply growing fat both physically and mentally. And he looks fake in his reports because who does not know of John Allan Namu.

      The latest which looked fake is the Somali recruitment thing. Though it is happening, the story looked staged. Clay Muganda is simply a wannabe. I have never taken him seriously. Too childish despite his age. Macharia Gaitho, Samantha, Obbo, Bonyo, Mwanikih, Mathenge and Thiong’o are great reads.

      Rob Jillo, Ramah and Mumo are good in breaking news.

  17. August 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Nice list. I follow several of them and do engage with them on various stories, mostly business and features, which they do humanize by interacting with their viewers & readers

    • eGichomo
      August 4, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Thanks Bankelele,
      Glad you liked the post.. more articles to come, you may subscribe.

  18. ANNE
    March 7, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Very good list, but you should have also included Ramah Nyang 🙂
    Check out http://amthatcrazyafricanchick.wordpress.com
    very interesting blog, came across it the other day, a week old and it already has 500 hits.

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