Dr. Dorothy Njoroge, Ph.D., is the new chairperson of the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK).
Dr. Njoroge an assistant Professor of Journalism at the United States International University USIU-Africa took over leadership of the association after winning elections held during the members’ annual general meeting held at a Nairobi hotel on June 17, 2017.She takes over from Ms. Pamela Mburia whose term expired.
Career Broadcaster Ms. Christine Nguku is the Vice Chair. Nguku is a Communications lecturer at the Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) and the East and Central Africa coach for the World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (WAN-IFRA’s) Women in News (WIN) program. She and Freelance journalist and former sub-editor at the Daily Nation, Pamela Wanambisi were elected unopposed. Wanambisi is the treasurer.
Joining the team of board members are Star Newspaper’s Mombasa Bureau Chief Maureen Mudi, who will represent county based members, Faith Oneya, Web Producer at Nation Media Group, Anna Nduto, the chief executive officer of Clarity Publications and Lilian Museka, a freelance journalist/communications businesswoman who were also elected unopposed.
Dr. Njoroge holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA.
The new chairperson has extensive experience teaching in the Corporate Communication and Journalism fields in several universities including USIU- Africa, Culver-Stockon College in the U.S., St. Augustine’s University in Tanzania, and Daystar University in Kenya. Dorothy has also worked as a communications and development coordinator in the NGO industry.
Dr Njoroge describes herself as a ‘woman of action.’“We will embrace lessons from the past and use them as a springboard to a brighter future for all women in the media.Thanks so much for electing me. I’m humbled. By God’s grace and your continued support, we will take AMWIK to the next level,” she said in her maiden speech as Chairperson.
Meanwhile, members showered congratulatory messages to the new team, and here is a sample of what they said:
Executive Director,Ms. Marceline Nyambala said: “I congratulate Dr. Njoroge and the new team for stepping forward to carry the AMWIK mantle and wish you the best as you take up the challenging yet fulfilling task of taking the organization to the next level.” She also acknowledged the outgoing board members for their leadership, contribution and “holding the organization together with your careers, family and other responsibilities.”
Outgoing chairperson, Pamela Mburia who served two consecutive terms expressed her confidence with the new leadership and offered her piece of advice: “While it may be cool to be on AMWIK board, it will require you to roll up your sleeves for work that largely goes unrecognized. It takes passion, beyond the call of duty, to put in time that seems to be receding by the day, with all else that calls for our attention in the perpetual race! Board membership is voluntary, where transport may not be assured even when you have to cross the city for meetings on a Saturday morning. It’s a labour of love.” Ms. Mburia further called on members to help the new board members deliver by offering support.
Dr. Njoroge’s main challenger for the chairperson’s position, Ms.Patience Nyange, of the Kenya National Human Rights Commission pledged to work with the new team for the organization’s growth. Patience was highly cheered when she assured members that she would keep the fire burning by leading the opposition “to keep AMWIK in check.”
Journalism and Communication lecturer, Dr. Nancy Booker said she was looking forward to an even stronger AMWIK with the new team. “As women, we can lift each other up, share opportunities and lead by example.”
Veteran journalist, Mildred Ngesa described the winning team as a great line-up while Sheila Masinde said “the faces inspire confidence. AMWIK is in good hands!”
The new team was however put on notice that it was time to work. Felista Wangari was brief and to the point: “Congratulations new team. Now it’s time to implement those promises you made.”Sharing the same sentiments, Lourdes Walusala of KBC said: “As I promised, I have started reading the visions that the new team presented. I’m reading more keenly now because the work has just started. You all had very good ideas, now let’s translate them into action.”
Wanja W.N. said she looked forward to an active professional body that roots for women and also calls errant members to order, noting that the media was awash with quacks who gave the noble profession a bad name.
Kudos to AMWIK!
The elections committee led by veteran radio broadcaster/producer, Ms. Toepista Nabusoba of the Kenya broadcasting Corporation (KBC) lauded the polls as indication that AMWIK had come of age. She singled out the solidarity displayed during the election and honest desire by members to propel AMWIK to great heights as being emulated.
The chairperson of the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA),Mr Oloo Janak who played the role of returning officer noted that despite its challenges, AMWIK rated as the most organized group in the media in the country, with a well-structured office and mature members among other attributes.
Communication lecturer, Gladyse Kemunto said “national leaders should learn from how things are done at AMWIK. Peaceful and mature.”
The maturity and order AMWIK has demonstrated during its election is a lesson to be emulated in the region said Independent Observer Julie Agum, Communications/Advocacy Specialist and member of Uganda Media Women Association(UMWA).