Robert Soi Biography: Industrious Career Cut Short By Death

Robert Soi Biography: Industrious Career Cut Short By Death
Robert Soi Died Young But His Legacy Will Live With Us Image/Courtesy

Robert Soi was a veteran journalist whose grasp of sports was unparalleled. He worked in one of the largest media houses in Kenya before exiting the scene without much fanfare.

On 26th May 2021, news of his death hit the interwebs after a long illness. His fans filled social media platforms with condolence messages. Apart from being a presenter, he also loved motorsport and was a golf enthusiast. 


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Robert Soi passed away at the age of 45.


Robert Soi Biography: Industrious Career Cut Short By Death
Robert Soi Wife Catherine Image/Courtesy

Robert was married to Catherine Soi who works for Al Jazeera as a reporter. Together, they had two children.

Soi’s wife shared a tweet that spoke of their love and the void he has left:



The late Soi was a great sports presenter whose skill was exceptional and he also mentored others in the field. He worked for Standard Media Group for KTN where he presented sports news and also travelled to the world to cover stories about sports. 

He reported the 2010 FIFA World Cup for KTN and participated in the Safari rally in the 2011 KCB Safari rally. Apart from reporting, he interviewed a number of sportsmen and his interviewing skills made the interviewee feel at ease and brought out the best in his subjects.

Later, he left KTN and joined Chinese broadcaster CGTN where he worked as an editor and operations manager.

After leaving CGTN, he concentrated on personal projects and was also a communications consultant. 

At one time, he was also the director at the Youth Agenda, a lobby group for youth inclusion. 


The former sports editor was admitted on 20th May 2021 for surgery to clear a blood spot in his brain which he sustained after hitting his head. Unfortunately, he slipped into a coma and was declared dead on 26th May. John Bundotich (The Standard Editor-print) who also worked with the deceased said he was creative and helped revitalize sports reporting in KTN and Kenya. 



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