By Walter Mbita
Kiss 100 radio presenter Kamene Goro has opened up about the day she wept in the washroom immediately after presenting her first ever bulletin on Ebru Television.
While appearing before Churchil Show recently, the radio personality narrated that even though she studied law in school, she has always wanted to be in the media industry and she looked up former Citizen TV News Anchor Julie Gichuru.
“My mother drove me into Ebru TV offices that Saturday morning, I did not even know how much was going to be paid. I started working as a field reporter,” she recalled.
Kamene noted that she was extremely nervous at first and was mentored by a manager at the then newly launched station where part of her duties was to write scripts and do screen test.
“He trained me every day. I would write 10 scripts a day and he would go through all of them. I did screen tests until he told me you’re now okay,’ “Kamene added.
Goro recalled that when she hosted her first bulletin her mentor and best friend, who also worked as a news anchor, died.
“The first day I ever went on screen in Kenya, is the day she passed away. The first news item I ever had to read the day that my dream was coming true, was that of the death of my mentor and one of my very best friend. It was one of the hardest bulletins. I remember I left the bulletin, went to the bathroom, sat on the floor and l cried. I could not believe, how my dream was coming true on the day of my biggest tragedies,” the radio presenter said.
The media personality noted that the experience was especially tough simply because while on TV, she was expected to maintain a straight face.
She was aged 21 years at the time and was youngest news anchor in Kenya. The media star, however, overcame the challenge and was the sole new anchor at the station for a while in which she would read both the 1p.m, 7p.m and 9p.m. news bulletins.
Kamene Goro rose to become a head anchor at the station after its expansion and had a prime time news slot but walked away from it all after falling in love.
The most celebrated media personalities in Kenya advised the young girls who are inspiring to be journalist that to always work hard for their dream and go for their passion.
“It is possible and that no one will ever bring it to where you are. You need to work hard. Your dream will never be handed over to you and nobody can give you your dream. It is all about hard work. Your goals should not be a sponsored base thing,” she advised.
She added: “Look up to the right people. Read and invest in your mind, your most precious commodity should be your brain.”
The emcee, product promoter, and event host has been in the media industry for nine years something that she really appreciates and thanks the Almighty for the good journey because it has not been easy.
Before joining media sector, Kamene worked as a paralegal at Simani and C Advocate from February 2013 to July of the same year. She then developed interest in media and never looked back.