James Smart Profile: From The Slums To A Renowned Journalist

James Smart Profile: From The Slums To A Renowned Journalist
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James Obuya Smart is a senior English News Anchor with NTV Kenya and the host of the popular TV Show With All Due Respect. He is well-known for his prowess in moderating political discussions, and was the interviewer for DP Ruto’s interview on NTV on Tuesday 12th July, 2022.

The interview with DP Ruto was cut short in the end, which resulted in a range of emotions across the political spectrum, some claiming malice on NTV’s side. However, Smart disclosed that the abrupt end to the interview was not their doing, explaining that the broadcast and signal had been set for only two hours.

When the allotted time had passed, the signal automatically detached itself, putting an end to the conversation. He said, “The interview lasted for well over two hours, and the OB signal failed in the very last three minutes.”

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Next Tuesday 19th July, the news anchor with over 14 years experience in broadcast journalism will moderate the Presidential Debate for nominated Deputy Presidents alongside KTN’s Sophia Wanuna.


James was born on 6th June, 1971. He was brought up by his grandmother, Priscah Atengo in Korogocho slums in Nairobi. He attended Baba Dogo Primary School in Nairobi and later joined St. Paul’s Lugari Boys’ High School in Kakamega.

After his High School studies he studied Mass Communication at Tangaza College in Nairobi and later on headed to the Cardiff University in Wales, UK, where he pursued his Masters Degree in International Journalism on a Chevening Scholarship.

Job History

From 2007 to 2009, Smart worked as a News Anchor at 98.4 Capital FM for a period of two years.

He then worked for NTV until he left in 2012 for KTN and later returning to NTV, hosting the primetime news.

He has also collaborated with the BBC to create its Focus on Africa broadcast, a flagship TV news program that highlights stories from across Africa.

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Family Life

James was raised by his grandmother, Prisca Atengo Smart. Madam Prisca spent the last three years of her life as a baby sitter in the slums of Korogocho.

He is a married man, husband to Rehema (Remmy) Majala who is also a TV show host.  Remmy Majala and Smart are blessed with one boy called Riley Kwamusonzi.

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Twitter handle: @jamessmat

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