Wa Wanjiru - Writer/Journalist-- Culture And The Arts In Africa - Nairobi, Kenya

Kimani Wa Wanjiru

Nairobi, Kenya


I have worked in various capacities in the mainstream media— print and broadcasting, alternative or emerging media— the Internet and folk media as a journalist, editor, editing children’s books, editing policy papers, researcher, scriptwriter and presenter of various radio programs, art critic and media consultant.
As a Public Relations Consultant, I have worked for both- profit and non-profit making organizations. I have prepared comprehensive Media Plans, Press Releases, developed interesting story ideas and angles that have all been well accepted in the various media houses and proved to be very useful for the client.
I have vast experience working with Non Governmental Organizations that are involved in human rights, culture and the arts, women and children’s rights and health issues particularly HIV/AIDS.
Prior to joining the mainstream media, I worked as a folk media expert. I worked as an actor, researcher and animator with communication companies that use Participatory/Interactive Theater and Folk Media concepts to design and execute community educational, mobilization and development programs for civic rights awareness, children's rights, reproductive health, advocacy, gender sensitization, human rights and rehabilitation of street persons.
I am also an artist and I have excelled as a scriptwriter, playwright, an actor, published poet and theater director.


Writer/Journalist-- Culture And The Arts In Africa

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I have been involved in media and communication in Kenya and the international scene since 1995. I have gained the requisite expertise in the conventional/traditional Mass media, the inventive Folk Media and the en vogue New Media.
Currently, I am the Programme Officer— Media and Communication with Kenya’s National Civic Education Programme (Uraia). I also work as the Managing Editor of Kymsnet Media Network (http://kymsnetfeatures.wordpress.com), Kenya’s premier culture and the arts news and features agency. I have vast experience working with Non State Organizations that are involved in human rights, culture and the arts, women and children’s rights and health issues particularly HIV/AIDS using Folk Media.
I am a Founding Trustee of the Kenya’s Journalist Against Tobacco Trust (JATT). I also seat in the Steering Committee of Arterial Network— Kenya Chapter, where I take lead in advocacy issues around policy and legislation. I am a member of the African Arts Journalists Forum.

Work History

Programme Officer-- Media and Communication


April 2011 - April 2011

Founding Trustee--- Capacity Building

Journalists Against Tobacco Trust

September 2010 - September 2010

Managing Editor

Kymsnet Media Network

March 2004 - March 2004

Kymsnet Media Network (KMN) is Kenya’s premier news Agency that specializes in Culture and the Arts. It has three divisions Kymsnet Features, the news Agency that syndicates stories and pictures for the print media- newspapers/magazines in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania; Kymsnet Production, the division that creates, produces and syndicates culture and the arts programs for Radio and Television; and Kymsnet PR that offers Public and Media Relations for culture and the arts organizations and individual players. We also offer consultancy, research and training services in culture and the arts.

Freelance Writer/Editor/PR Consultant

Various Media Houses in East Africa

January 2000 - January 2005

Qualifications & Certifications


Kenyatta University

Starehe Boys Centre

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