By Prudence Minayo
Grace Msalame is a seasoned Kenyan media personality who has made her name for herself on TV and radio. Over the years, she has amassed a huge number of fans who love her presentation skills and fashion sense. Here is her story.
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Grace Sowairina Msalame was born in the Coastal area of Kenya in 1986. Sowairina means without name or nameless. She is a Taita.
She attended St Christopher High School and after her A-level she joined Daystar University for a course in Communication and Electronic Media.
Some people start their career early in life and this was the case with Grace.
Growing up with a father who was in the media industry was a major influence to her career. Her father, the legendary Tony Msalame, was an actor and radio host who later started his own radio station. This and the fact that she loved watching every program on TV in her earlier years.
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Before joining university, she got her first role in the media industry. She hosted the str8up show which is very popular among the youth. Grace hosted the show from 2005 to 2007. She started hosting the show after finishing her A level. To avoid idleness, she started doing a few odd jobs until she was informed of the audition on KTN which she gladly auditioned. As they say the rest is history.
While she was still a student at Daystar University, she received a call from Standard Media Group asking her to host an art show called Art Scene. She did the show for four years.
The media personality then joined Capital FM where she worked as a news presenter for a while.
After leaving Capital FM, she joined Radio Africa Group where she worked for seven years and rose through the ranks. At first, she started by hosting a show at Kiss TV before rising to become the manager of Bamba TV.
After Seven years, she quit. In an interview with Larry Madowo, she said it was time to leave and take a step in another direction. She has achieved immense success and has built a wonderful relationship with colleagues.
After taking a break from the media for a few years, she made a comeback on TV with a new show “Unscripted with Grace.” She hosts the show which gives people an opportunity to share some of the difficult moments they’ve gone through but managed to sail through and become successful. It aims at giving hope to those passing through difficult moments whether it is a bad breakup, being orphaned at a young age, being raped or losing a child.
Grace also has a YouTube channel where she shares a number of interesting topics and has over 600k followers on Instagram.
She lost her father Msalame in 2010 while she was pregnant with her twins. This was a very difficult moment for her as she also felt bad for being pregnant before marriage yet she was brought up with strong Christian values. However, she said that the pregnancy enabled her to even build a much stronger relationship with God.
She gave birth to twins, Zawadi and Raha who were fathered by Paul Ndichu, the brother to Janet Mbugua’s husband. The two split up and Paul got married to another person. They are in good terms and she revealed he had never been a deadbeat dad. According to her, when two people split up and there are children involved it means they have to grow up and put the children’s needs first.
In her YouTube channel, she once said she prefers to keep her relationship status private while answering questions from fans.
Recently, Grace revealed that she was six months pregnant on her Instagram page.
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