Former Citizen TV power breakfast news anchor Johnson Mwakazi is ranked among the A-list journalists in Kenya. As a man who was brought up in the deplorable Kibra slums and lost his parents at a young age, Mwakazi relied on the power of pursuing his passion in art which eventually paid handsomely as he was picked from the streets, without any education in media and found his way to Royal Media Services.
Education & struggles
Mwakazi studied at Kibera Primary School and later joined Jamhuri High School in Nairobi. He has previously confessed being haunted by his addiction to explicit content after he was introduced to the vice while in class 8.
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The media personality managed to disentangle himself from the addiction while he was in high school when he decided to dedicate his life to strict Christianity.
“Anytime I engaged (in watching explicit content) I felt a sense of guilt, I knew this was a wrong thing..it was a sin against God but He brought me to a moment of stillness; in my spirit I heard a very stealthed voice saying: I love you,” Mwakazi said in a past interview.
After secondary education, Mwakazi was to join Kenyatta University but his mother who was the sole breadwinner of the family couldn’t afford to pay for his tertiary education.
Mwakazi later managed to successfully pursue a bachelors of arts in Daystar University (2008-2013) after he had already established his prowess in Royal Media Services.
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Mwakazi is the last born in a family of 7 and was brought up in deplorable Kibra slums. His father was a drunkard who neglected the family and therefore Mwakazi depended on his mother who earned a paltry ksh 3000 monthly as a cleaner in Nairobi.
Previously, his mother was in another marriage that failed. Interestingly, after the death of both parents, Mwakazi’s step dad (the mother’s first husband) accommodated him and raised him.
Mwakazi is married to a Meru woman identified as Kendi and they are blessed with 2 children. As a head of the family, he engages the children in a family meeting every Sunday. He also mentors his children in business and learning foreign languages.
Mwakazi landed his first job at Hot 96 radio after he impressed while acting at Kenya National Theater.
“I was acting in a skit and there was a gentleman in the audience who said he wanted to know more about me. He asked me whether I could present on radio,” Mwakazi revealed.
After a stint of 2 years at Hot 96, Mwakazi would later be introduced into television news anchorage. He began by hosting the power breakfast show where his deep voice earned him thousands of fans. Because of his irresistible voice, he was hired as Royal Media Services’ commercial voice over advertisements.
After a couple of years, Mwakazi left Citizen TV and joined a start up media station called W TV that was under Fountain Media Group. He was the editorial director but the media house failed to soar in the competitive industry and hit its deathbed in less than 3 years.
Mwakazi is the founder of Royal Voice International involved in publicity, event organization and mentorship. He still does voice over commercials and more often you can hear his distinctive voice on Citizen TV advertisements.