NTV’s Sophie Ikenye is back on the screen!Media News 00:57
Friday, 15/06/2012 – Does this name ring a bell?
Sophie Ikenye reigned on TV in the early 2000’s. The former NTV presenter dominated TV in the era of Winnie Mukami and Ephy Hunja. Just when we were getting up-close and candid with her…she hibernated.
Probably you have been wondering where she went.
The sensational bold woman left for greener pastures at the BBC Radio in London. She has raised the Kenyan flag high and has severally been used in the BBC School of Journalism as a mentor to students.
Ikenye charmed her way from the radio studio and is set to host a program on TV. Sorry guys, Sophie will be hosting a BBC show outside Kenya but you can catch her on DSTV. Interestingly, her physique hasn’t changed.
Old same..Old gold.
The BBC announced its first-ever daily TV news programme in English for African audiences. The new programme, BBC Focus on Africa is set to bring together the expertise of the BBC World Service’s African Service and BBC World News on television.
BBC Focus on Africa will be aired by the BBC’s broadcast partners in Africa and will be shown globally on BBC World News.
Sophie Ikenye will host the show alongside Ghanian Komla Dumor . The show is a 30 minute news programme that aims at discussing issues such as the Sudan crisis, Corruption in Africa and leadership wrangles, Europe’s effect on Africa’s economy amongst other topics.
Focus on Africa presenter Komla Dumor says: "After decades of turmoil and uncertainty, a new Africa is emerging. The old stereotypes are being challenged and a new, compelling narrative is being written. I am incredibly excited to be part of a new BBC programme that will provide solid coverage and analysis of Africa's challenges and prospects."
BBC Focus on Africa will be launched on prime-time TV across the continent from 18 June 2012 at 17.30 GMT. The programme will draw on the pool of BBC African talent on the continent and in London to report on Africa's rising economies, entrepreneurs, innovators, culture, entertainment and sport
Solomon Mugera, the BBC’s Africa Editor, says: “Africa is now one of the fastest developing news markets in the world - this new investment will expand our services for African audiences.
While radio remains popular in Africa, TV is growing - and our partnerships with leading African broadcasters play a key part in these future plans. Mobile phone ownership is racing towards a billion, internet connectivity is rising and social media is empowering audiences. It's essential that the kind of independent journalism the BBC does that isn't slanted to one political or commercial viewpoint remains central to the new media landscape.
With correspondents in 48 African countries, production centres in Nairobi, Abuja, Johannesburg and Dakar and a weekly audience of 77 million, the BBC already has deep roots in the continent. Our journalists are from the African countries they report on - in English, Swahili, Hausa, Somali, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi and French - living and breathing the big stories and issues facing Africa.”
Hmmm…way to go Sophie!
Lillian Kiarie, the Kenyan DAILY POST