By Prudence Minayo
Kamene Goro is a media personality and event organizer. She co-hosts Kiss FM morning show alongside the multi-talented Felix Odiwuor, popularly known as Jalang’o. The radio presenter is not shy when it comes to expressing her views. Her recent sentiments on mental health badly backfired on her as pointed elsewhere in this article. While most women will never honestly admit their body count, Kamene shared the numbers without a care of how our judgemental society would react.
The bold lady just gives it to Kenyans as it is. Behind that pretty face and a voice to die for is a woman who has ‘chewed’ books.
Michelle Kamene Goro was born on the 24th March 1992. She is currently 29 years old.
The radio presenter went to Rusinga International School before joining the University of Nairobi for a Degree in Law. She wanted to be a journalist but her parents thought it was not much of a viable career.
During her third year at the University, Kamene tried out several screen tests. At a young age, she rose to become a senior prime time news anchor with Ebru TV. By the time she was becoming a senior news anchor, she had done so much. She even produced her own bulletins and did two bulletins a day because the station was understaffed. She hosted other shows, arranged for interviews, edited news and assignments, did voice overs and went to the field in case there was a shortage of reporters. After all this, there was no more ways to grow since she had done everything. Popular shows she hosted while at Ebru TV include: The Weekly Report, Just the Facts and Africa in Brief.
After leaving TV, she started her own events company. After a while she messaged NRG on Instagram to ask for a job. It took such a long time for them to get back to her that she lost hope. Luckily, she was called back and offered the job. For a while, she presented the NRG breakfast show from 6 in the morning.
The bubbly presenter quit NRG radio after allegedly disagreeing with superiors and went to join Kiss 100 together with fellow presenter Andrew Kibe. They now present one of the biggest breakfast shows in the country : Breakfast with the Stars.
Prior to joining the media industry, she worked as a paralegal with Simani and Co advocate in 2013.
Kamene admits to being dumped twice. Once, was when she tried her hand in marriage. The guy ended the relationship through a simple WhatsApp call which was very painful. He couldn’t even afford to wait till they met face to face.
She attempted suicide by ingesting 70 pills when her marriage of one year came crumbling down.
“Towards the end of my marriage I was depressed. I popped about 70 sleeping pills to end it all. But just when I started to feel woozy, I heard a still voice asking, do you not trust me handle this for you. Thankfully there was an AAR a few doors from where I lived. I drove myself there and got my stomach pumped”
She went on to add:
“Yes my marriage lasted for a about 1 year but we had been together for four years. We had been a civil wedding and were planning a destination one. He was a serial cheat and I busted him a couple of times. I moved to Tanzania to be with him but there was a time he got me sick and I had to come to Nairobi for treatment”
In an interview with K24, last year she said marriage and children are not her set goals. If it is meant to happen then it will but she has no expected timelines.
The highly rated radio presenter found herself between a rock and hard place courtesy of a joke she made on mental health. The post that has since been deleted read: “Mental health na hamna akili.” This five words got Kenyans on social media reeling with anger over the statement that was deemed reckless and irresponsible coming from a person of her stature. Mental health has been associated with suicide.
In her defense, Kamene said “she had struggled with mental health issues all my life up until today”.
She went on to tell Kenyans that she would not joke about such a subject:
If anything, I would never joke about it. The post was a joke about people who are ‘mindless’,”
“I didn’t mean to troll people with mental health. I don’t take mental health issues lightly because it’s something I was once diagnosed with,”