By Benard Ogoi
Tebby Otieno, a Nairobi based female broadcast journalist bears witness that her interaction with the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK), has been great since a friend introduced her to the umbrella body for women journalists and communicators in Kenya.
“We were both interns in one of the community radio stations in Nairobi. That was late 2014,” she remarks.
Although the two best of friends lost contact soon after their internship ended, her friend managed to get in touch with her a year later. “Laura, who now works for an online media got my contacts from a different person. She called and asked if I could attend a media café then organized by AMWIK,” she says adding, “I had no idea about the organization but she assured me that I would learn a lot and get to interact with other media personalities.”
Tebby who was still fresh in the media then says that she had not even been accredited by Media Council of Kenya, MCK. “So, joining any organization was like teaching a baby how to hold a pencil and write,” She explains. She did not understand what was in store for her in joining a women led media organization.
Three years later she says she has experienced growth and personal fulfillment. Tebby now works for Mtaani radio, 99.9 FM which is a community radio station serving residents of Dagoretti area, and seeks to address issues facing young people in the community through information sharing, education and communication. “I’m glad AMWIK has walked with me this far. I have attended a number of their trainings that have contributed to my growth in the very competitive media industry in Kenya,” she remarks.
With the regular sensitization forums that AMWIK convenes to build the capacity of journalists on reporting topical issues, she says, “I currently host two weekend programs on adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights issues.” AMWIK, she notes, has also linked her to sources of SRH information adding, “Besides, they have given me content for my educational programs.”In November and December 2017, she hosted talk shows where young people shared their experiences with regards to handling SRHR issues facing them.
Her blog http://tebby254.blogspot.com demonstrates her growth as she brings out issues facing women and children.
AMWIK has also been a networking platform to me, says Tebby as she proceeds to explain, “It linked me to ‘Second Chance’, an organization that supports girls who have dropped out of school due to early pregnancies to continue with their education.”
Tebby’s three years’ experience as a radio presenter in her words “could have not been as fruitful as it is now without AMWIK. Thank you AMWIK for offering a platform to women journalists in Kenya.”