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Alex Mwakideu

About

From using drama as a negotiating tactic to receive his high education to becoming one of the best and highest-paid radio presenters in the country, Alex Mwakideu’s story is underscored by the need to always be ready. Here’s Alex Mwakideu’s biography.  

Personal Life

Alex Mwakideu was born on 6 March 1980 in Likoni Mombasa. He grew up in different parts of the city - Chuda, Mikindani, Mtwapa, Bombolulu, Bakarani, Mtopanga - because of the frequent movement by his parents. 

Alex Mwakideu is the lastborn in a family of 18 children. Seven of those, including him, were from his late mother. 

Alex Mwakideu’s siblings Justus Mwakideu and Chrispine Mwakideu are also broadcasters. His other siblings are Rozina and Caroline. Alex lost one of his sisters Emmy Mwakideu and his mother in a space of just four months.

Far from the life he lives right now, Alex Mwakideu comes from a humble family. Together with his seven siblings, they lived in a single room. Alex Mwakideu’s mother raised them as his father left for Taita when he was just two years old.  

Schooling

Alex Mwakideu started his education at Fahari Primary School in Kiziwi. When the family moved to Mikindani, he joined Mikindani Primary school where he sat for his national exams. He then attended Shimo La Tewa high school. His parents struggled to pay school fees and because of that, he leveraged his talent in drama to stay in school. Alex Mwakideu did not attend college after high school. 

Career

Alex Mwakideu’s had an exciting entry into the radio industry. After he completed high school where he did a lot of drama - solo & coral verses and acting - he went on with his craft. Then an opportunity arrived. Baraka FM, a radio station in Mombasa was in search of voice-over talent. Alex lent his voice for a commercial and he was so good that the station retained him. 

Peter Musembi, a BBC World Service journalist recognised Alex Mwakideu’s voice and encouraged him to prepare himself for a news anchor’s role. He duly obliged and when another opportunity presented itself, he didn’t disappoint. 

As the story goes, when one of the news anchors sent to cover an event at the showground in Mombasa officiated by the late president Daniel Moi ran late, Alex Mwakideu was asked to fill in. His performance was impressive and landed him a news anchor’s job. 

From there, Alex Mwakideu went on to work abroad. Before that, he did trials at radio stations in Nairobi but international offers were more appealing. Together with 2K Plus International, he went to Australia and covered news events in Kiswahili for several countries - Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Tanzania. 

When he came back, he successfully went for an on-screen interview at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) but he did not take it up. He got another offer to cover the Beijing Olympics and when he came back, Standard Group was his next stop. Alex Mwakideu got the job at Radio Maisha and was the host of “Maisha Asubuhi” the station’s morning show alongside Nick Odhiambo. He was there for eight years (2010 - 2018). 

Alex Mwakideu’s salary at Radio Maisha was Ksh 75,000 when he started, a significant raise to what he got at Baraka FM where he was paid Ksh 5000 as a retainer then Ksh 35,000 as a newsreader. By the time he left Radio Maisha, he was one of the highest-paid presenters in radio.

Alex Mwakideu then joined MediaMax owned Milele FM where he hosted the morning breakfast show and was later appointed head of radio. Even though Alex Mwakideu has not disclosed his salary at Milele FM, word has it that he pockets around Ksh 800,000 per month.

Politics

Alex Mwakideu’s run on the radio might be coming to an end. He’s expressed his interest in joining politics and affirmed that he will be running for the parliamentary seat of Taita Taveta county in the 9 August 2022 elections.

Business

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and that rang true for Alex Mwakideu. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019, Alex Mwakideu's 50% pay cut on his salary forced him to diversify his financial base. He opened a restaurant named Pampered Village in Kitengela that specialises in Swahili dishes.

Mwakideu also runs a carwash business in the same area.  

Relationships

Alex Mwakideu met his wife while he was in another relationship which is the reason why Mariam Mwemba (his wife) did not warm up to him in the beginning. He courted her for eight years before they got married in 2014 after he settled in Nairobi. Alex Mwakideu celebrated his seventh wedding anniversary in 2021.

Alex Mwakideu has three children - Zemira Mwakideu, Tanya Mwakideu and Janaya Mwakideu. His last born daughter was born in 2019.

Controversy

Alex Mwakideu exposé

In 2019, Alex Mwakideu was the talk of the town after blogger Edgar Obare accused him of being unfaithful to his wife. Obare published screenshots that he used as evidence of his infidelity. The famed radio host responded to the claims and said the rumours worried him as he feared for his family. Further, he said that he gave his wife access to his social media accounts to prove that he wasn’t being unfaithful.

He also said that Edgar Obare was right to do what he is doing.

Car

Alex Mwakideu put his new car, a BMW X5 on sale in 2020 barely a year after he bought it. His car dealer identified as Abel Kibet posted the picture of the vehicle on his Instagram account to the surprise of many. Asked why Alex chose to make the move, Abel revealed that he was interested in upgrading to a 2017 model from his 2012.

House

Alex Mwakideu’s house project with his buddy Jalang’o stalled after confusion emerged over the ownership of part of the land they bought. Alex and Jalas want to build next to one another but a plot of land in between them forced them to interfere with the process hence the decision to buy it out. The pair planned to launch the house in December 2021 but have postponed it after these developments.  

Net Worth

Reports indicate that Alex Mwakideu earns nearly Ksh 800,000 from his work as a radio presenter at Milele FM. That aside, Alex Mwakideu’s net worth is not in the public domain.

Social Media

Alex Mwakideu Instagram: @Alex_Mwakideu 

Alex Mwakideu Twitter: @Alex_Mwakideu

Alex Mwakideu Facebook: Alex Mwakideu

Q&A

Who is Alex Mwakideu?

Alex Mwakideu is a season radio personality. He hosts one of the most popular breakfast shows in the country at Milele FM, Alex Na Wilbroda Milele. He previously worked at Radio Maisha.

How old is Alex Mwakideu?

Born on 6 March 1980, Alex Mwakideu’s age is 42.

Birthday:
6 March 1980
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Likoni, Mombasa

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Alex Mwakideu
Birthday:
6 March 1980
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Pisces
Birth place:
Likoni, Mombasa

About

From using drama as a negotiating tactic to receive his high education to becoming one of the best and highest-paid radio presenters in the country, Alex Mwakideu’s story is underscored by the need to always be ready. Here’s Alex Mwakideu’s biography.  

Personal Life

Alex Mwakideu was born on 6 March 1980 in Likoni Mombasa. He grew up in different parts of the city - Chuda, Mikindani, Mtwapa, Bombolulu, Bakarani, Mtopanga - because of the frequent movement by his parents. 

Alex Mwakideu is the lastborn in a family of 18 children. Seven of those, including him, were from his late mother. 

Alex Mwakideu’s siblings Justus Mwakideu and Chrispine Mwakideu are also broadcasters. His other siblings are Rozina and Caroline. Alex lost one of his sisters Emmy Mwakideu and his mother in a space of just four months.

Far from the life he lives right now, Alex Mwakideu comes from a humble family. Together with his seven siblings, they lived in a single room. Alex Mwakideu’s mother raised them as his father left for Taita when he was just two years old.  

Schooling

Alex Mwakideu started his education at Fahari Primary School in Kiziwi. When the family moved to Mikindani, he joined Mikindani Primary school where he sat for his national exams. He then attended Shimo La Tewa high school. His parents struggled to pay school fees and because of that, he leveraged his talent in drama to stay in school. Alex Mwakideu did not attend college after high school. 

Career

Alex Mwakideu’s had an exciting entry into the radio industry. After he completed high school where he did a lot of drama - solo & coral verses and acting - he went on with his craft. Then an opportunity arrived. Baraka FM, a radio station in Mombasa was in search of voice-over talent. Alex lent his voice for a commercial and he was so good that the station retained him. 

Peter Musembi, a BBC World Service journalist recognised Alex Mwakideu’s voice and encouraged him to prepare himself for a news anchor’s role. He duly obliged and when another opportunity presented itself, he didn’t disappoint. 

As the story goes, when one of the news anchors sent to cover an event at the showground in Mombasa officiated by the late president Daniel Moi ran late, Alex Mwakideu was asked to fill in. His performance was impressive and landed him a news anchor’s job. 

From there, Alex Mwakideu went on to work abroad. Before that, he did trials at radio stations in Nairobi but international offers were more appealing. Together with 2K Plus International, he went to Australia and covered news events in Kiswahili for several countries - Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Tanzania. 

When he came back, he successfully went for an on-screen interview at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) but he did not take it up. He got another offer to cover the Beijing Olympics and when he came back, Standard Group was his next stop. Alex Mwakideu got the job at Radio Maisha and was the host of “Maisha Asubuhi” the station’s morning show alongside Nick Odhiambo. He was there for eight years (2010 - 2018). 

Alex Mwakideu’s salary at Radio Maisha was Ksh 75,000 when he started, a significant raise to what he got at Baraka FM where he was paid Ksh 5000 as a retainer then Ksh 35,000 as a newsreader. By the time he left Radio Maisha, he was one of the highest-paid presenters in radio.

Alex Mwakideu then joined MediaMax owned Milele FM where he hosted the morning breakfast show and was later appointed head of radio. Even though Alex Mwakideu has not disclosed his salary at Milele FM, word has it that he pockets around Ksh 800,000 per month.

Politics

Alex Mwakideu’s run on the radio might be coming to an end. He’s expressed his interest in joining politics and affirmed that he will be running for the parliamentary seat of Taita Taveta county in the 9 August 2022 elections.

Business

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and that rang true for Alex Mwakideu. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019, Alex Mwakideu's 50% pay cut on his salary forced him to diversify his financial base. He opened a restaurant named Pampered Village in Kitengela that specialises in Swahili dishes.

Mwakideu also runs a carwash business in the same area.  

Relationships

Alex Mwakideu met his wife while he was in another relationship which is the reason why Mariam Mwemba (his wife) did not warm up to him in the beginning. He courted her for eight years before they got married in 2014 after he settled in Nairobi. Alex Mwakideu celebrated his seventh wedding anniversary in 2021.

Alex Mwakideu has three children - Zemira Mwakideu, Tanya Mwakideu and Janaya Mwakideu. His last born daughter was born in 2019.

Controversy

Alex Mwakideu exposé

In 2019, Alex Mwakideu was the talk of the town after blogger Edgar Obare accused him of being unfaithful to his wife. Obare published screenshots that he used as evidence of his infidelity. The famed radio host responded to the claims and said the rumours worried him as he feared for his family. Further, he said that he gave his wife access to his social media accounts to prove that he wasn’t being unfaithful.

He also said that Edgar Obare was right to do what he is doing.

Car

Alex Mwakideu put his new car, a BMW X5 on sale in 2020 barely a year after he bought it. His car dealer identified as Abel Kibet posted the picture of the vehicle on his Instagram account to the surprise of many. Asked why Alex chose to make the move, Abel revealed that he was interested in upgrading to a 2017 model from his 2012.

House

Alex Mwakideu’s house project with his buddy Jalang’o stalled after confusion emerged over the ownership of part of the land they bought. Alex and Jalas want to build next to one another but a plot of land in between them forced them to interfere with the process hence the decision to buy it out. The pair planned to launch the house in December 2021 but have postponed it after these developments.  

Net Worth

Reports indicate that Alex Mwakideu earns nearly Ksh 800,000 from his work as a radio presenter at Milele FM. That aside, Alex Mwakideu’s net worth is not in the public domain.

Social Media

Alex Mwakideu Instagram: @Alex_Mwakideu 

Alex Mwakideu Twitter: @Alex_Mwakideu

Alex Mwakideu Facebook: Alex Mwakideu

Q&A

Who is Alex Mwakideu?

Alex Mwakideu is a season radio personality. He hosts one of the most popular breakfast shows in the country at Milele FM, Alex Na Wilbroda Milele. He previously worked at Radio Maisha.

How old is Alex Mwakideu?

Born on 6 March 1980, Alex Mwakideu’s age is 42.