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Janet Mbugua

About

At her peak, Janet Mbugua hit the heights of her profession. She anchored the prime time news bulletin at Citizen TV. She unexpectedly went off-screen to pursue her interest, most of which was borne through a feature story “Periods of Shame” that aired when she anchored the news. Currently, Janet Mbugua is an advocate for menstrual hygiene and gender equality through Inua Dada and Janet Mbugua Foundations.

Personal Life

Janet Mbugua has a powerful voice and has been on our screens giving us the happenings of the day. She was born on 10 January 1984 in Mombasa where she was raised. Janet Mbugua has a twin brother called Timothy Mbugua and an elder brother Kevin Mbugua. Not much is known about Janet's family and siblings as she is very cautious about what she shares about her life.

Schooling

Janet Mbugua’s education journey started in Mombasa where she did her primary school. She then joined Brook House High School in Nairobi after which she did her undergraduate studies at the United States International University Africa (USIU-A). Janet Mbugua then went to Malaysia and gained a degree in Mass Communication from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Later on, she pursued a master's degree in Global Business Management from the Swiss Management Academy. 

Career

Janet Mbugua’s deep voice, flare in front of the camera and interest in women’s affairs has made her a standout in the journalism industry. Her way into the broadcast industry began in high school when one of her teachers persuaded her to study journalism instead of psychology, which she desired. 

After high school, Janet Mbugua took a gap year. She joined Pulse FM, a radio station in Mombasa which was the sister station of Capital FM, a station Janet Mbugua wanted to work for. During one of her travels to Nairobi, Janet Mbugua presented a recording of her show to Capital FM which eventually landed her a radio presenting job at the station. She presented the mid-morning show, drive show amongst other shows.

After she came back from Malaysia, she dropped her recording at the Standard Group’s station KTN which again landed her a job on television. She presented “The Travel Show” for six months after which she was recalled and transitioned into the news. She went on to present the lunchtime, morning and eventually the prime time bulletin. Just when she landed the prime time slot, Janet Mbugua moved to ETV in South Africa in 2009. Two years later, she returned to Nairobi and joined Citizen TV where she was paired with Hussein Mohammed. 

She hosted The Big Question and Monday Special. In 2017, Janet Mbugua unexpectedly left Citizen TV and took a sabbatical from television, a move she said was necessitated by burnt out and the need for her to focus on her family as well as pursue personal interests.

During her journalism career, Janet Mbugua covered some of the biggest national and international events. Locally, she covered the 2007 and 2013 general elections and internationally, the 2012 USA general elections and the 2010 World Cup.

She did make a brief comeback on telly in 2019 with a show, Here and Now, on NTV Kenya, a programme that touched on topical issues like mental health. 

Janet Mbugua's salary

Janet Mbugua denied rumours that she earned Ksh 800,000 per month when she worked at Citizen TV. She did not disclose what she earned at the station but seasoned news anchors command upwards of Ksh 300,000 per month. 

Janet Mbugua's Foundation

 "Periods of Shame" a feature story that aired on Citizen TV highlighted the plight of schoolgirls who used materials like chicken feathers during their menstruation. This is a story that left a mark on Janet Mbugua who happened to anchor the bulletin the day the story aired. It inspired the start of the Inua Dada foundation and later the Janet Mbugua foundation whose goal is to fight period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene.  

Through her foundation, Janet Mbugua also advocates for gender equality. 

Author

Janet Mbugua authored her first book “My First Time” in which she shares experiences of women during menstruation. She talked to over 50 women and some men, in a bid to promote the conversation on menstrual hygiene.  

Relationships

Is Janet Mbugua still married?

Janet Mbugua reportedly divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu after his latest scandal where he was accused of assault. Despite attempts by the former television anchor to downplay the rumours, her decision to drop the name Ndichu on her social media channels raised eyebrows. If reports are anything to go by, her marriage to Eddie was on its way down as it had been rocked by cheating allegations.

Janet Mbugua and Eddie Ndichu met in high school and got married in 2015 in a private wedding. 

Janet Mbugua and Gor Semelang’o

Before Janet Mbugua got married to Eddie Ndichu, she allegedly dated businessman Gor Semelang’o. Both parties refuted the claims and said they were just good friends.

Family

Janet Mbugua’s marriage to Eddie Ndichu resulted in the birth of two children. Ethan Huru, her firstborn son, who was born in October 2015 and Mali Mwaura who was born on 17 September 2018.

Controversy

Janet Mbugua's scandal

Janet Mbugua broke her silence over the alleged assault of two women by her husband and twin brother Paul Ndichu that occurred at the Ole Sereni hotel. She condemned the violence and called for justice over the matter. Janet Mbugua is a formidable voice on matters regarding gender equality.  

Car & House

Janet Mbugua says she loves living a private life. Well, that’s true because details about her car and where she resides aren’t in the public domain. Whilst fans got a glimpse of her house during an episode of Up Close with Betty in 2019, it’s not clear where her residence is. 

Net Worth

Janet Mbugua's net worth from her work as a media personality, businesswoman, philanthropist and author is estimated to be $1 - $5 million.

Awards & Recognition

2021: Inua Dada Foundation won the World Association for Sexual Health Award

2015: Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya

2014: Named the top three best news anchors by the Media Council of Kenya

Top 25 Women in Digital 

Social Media

Janet Mbugua’s Instagram: @OfficialJanetMbugua 

Janet Mbugua’s Twitter: @OfficialJMbugua

Janet Mbugua’s Facebook: Janet Mbugua

Janet Mbugua’s website: Official Janet Mbugua

Q&A

Where does Janet Mbugua work?

Janet Mbugua is the founder of Janet Mbugua Foundation, Inua Dada Foundation, and JM Media Avenue

When did Janet Mbugua give birth?

Janet Mbugua gave birth to her first son Ethan Huru in October 2015 while Mali Mwaura was born on 17 September 2018.

Who is Janet Mbugua's husband?

Janet Mbugua has not confirmed rumours that she divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu. Even then, Janet Mbugua has dropped the name Ndichu at least on her social media handles. The two met in high school and got married in 2015. 

How much does Janet Mbugua earn?

Janet Mbugua quashed speculation that she earned Ksh 800,000 per month at Citizen TV. Though she did not disclose what she earned, seasoned news anchors get upwards of at least Ksh 300,000. 

How old is Janet Mbugua?

Born on 10 January 1984, Janet Mbugua’s age is 38.

Is Janet Mbugua still married to Ndichu?

As per unconfirmed reports, Janet Mbugua divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu after he was accused of assault. This as reports show, is one of the many incidents that finally brought a five to six-year marriage to an end.  

Birthday:
10 January 1984
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Capricorn
Birth place:
Mombasa, Kenya

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Janet Mbugua
Birthday:
10 January 1984
Nationality:
Kenyan
Star sign:
Capricorn
Birth place:
Mombasa, Kenya

About

At her peak, Janet Mbugua hit the heights of her profession. She anchored the prime time news bulletin at Citizen TV. She unexpectedly went off-screen to pursue her interest, most of which was borne through a feature story “Periods of Shame” that aired when she anchored the news. Currently, Janet Mbugua is an advocate for menstrual hygiene and gender equality through Inua Dada and Janet Mbugua Foundations.

Personal Life

Janet Mbugua has a powerful voice and has been on our screens giving us the happenings of the day. She was born on 10 January 1984 in Mombasa where she was raised. Janet Mbugua has a twin brother called Timothy Mbugua and an elder brother Kevin Mbugua. Not much is known about Janet's family and siblings as she is very cautious about what she shares about her life.

Schooling

Janet Mbugua’s education journey started in Mombasa where she did her primary school. She then joined Brook House High School in Nairobi after which she did her undergraduate studies at the United States International University Africa (USIU-A). Janet Mbugua then went to Malaysia and gained a degree in Mass Communication from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Later on, she pursued a master's degree in Global Business Management from the Swiss Management Academy. 

Career

Janet Mbugua’s deep voice, flare in front of the camera and interest in women’s affairs has made her a standout in the journalism industry. Her way into the broadcast industry began in high school when one of her teachers persuaded her to study journalism instead of psychology, which she desired. 

After high school, Janet Mbugua took a gap year. She joined Pulse FM, a radio station in Mombasa which was the sister station of Capital FM, a station Janet Mbugua wanted to work for. During one of her travels to Nairobi, Janet Mbugua presented a recording of her show to Capital FM which eventually landed her a radio presenting job at the station. She presented the mid-morning show, drive show amongst other shows.

After she came back from Malaysia, she dropped her recording at the Standard Group’s station KTN which again landed her a job on television. She presented “The Travel Show” for six months after which she was recalled and transitioned into the news. She went on to present the lunchtime, morning and eventually the prime time bulletin. Just when she landed the prime time slot, Janet Mbugua moved to ETV in South Africa in 2009. Two years later, she returned to Nairobi and joined Citizen TV where she was paired with Hussein Mohammed. 

She hosted The Big Question and Monday Special. In 2017, Janet Mbugua unexpectedly left Citizen TV and took a sabbatical from television, a move she said was necessitated by burnt out and the need for her to focus on her family as well as pursue personal interests.

During her journalism career, Janet Mbugua covered some of the biggest national and international events. Locally, she covered the 2007 and 2013 general elections and internationally, the 2012 USA general elections and the 2010 World Cup.

She did make a brief comeback on telly in 2019 with a show, Here and Now, on NTV Kenya, a programme that touched on topical issues like mental health. 

Janet Mbugua's salary

Janet Mbugua denied rumours that she earned Ksh 800,000 per month when she worked at Citizen TV. She did not disclose what she earned at the station but seasoned news anchors command upwards of Ksh 300,000 per month. 

Janet Mbugua's Foundation

 "Periods of Shame" a feature story that aired on Citizen TV highlighted the plight of schoolgirls who used materials like chicken feathers during their menstruation. This is a story that left a mark on Janet Mbugua who happened to anchor the bulletin the day the story aired. It inspired the start of the Inua Dada foundation and later the Janet Mbugua foundation whose goal is to fight period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene.  

Through her foundation, Janet Mbugua also advocates for gender equality. 

Author

Janet Mbugua authored her first book “My First Time” in which she shares experiences of women during menstruation. She talked to over 50 women and some men, in a bid to promote the conversation on menstrual hygiene.  

Relationships

Is Janet Mbugua still married?

Janet Mbugua reportedly divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu after his latest scandal where he was accused of assault. Despite attempts by the former television anchor to downplay the rumours, her decision to drop the name Ndichu on her social media channels raised eyebrows. If reports are anything to go by, her marriage to Eddie was on its way down as it had been rocked by cheating allegations.

Janet Mbugua and Eddie Ndichu met in high school and got married in 2015 in a private wedding. 

Janet Mbugua and Gor Semelang’o

Before Janet Mbugua got married to Eddie Ndichu, she allegedly dated businessman Gor Semelang’o. Both parties refuted the claims and said they were just good friends.

Family

Janet Mbugua’s marriage to Eddie Ndichu resulted in the birth of two children. Ethan Huru, her firstborn son, who was born in October 2015 and Mali Mwaura who was born on 17 September 2018.

Controversy

Janet Mbugua's scandal

Janet Mbugua broke her silence over the alleged assault of two women by her husband and twin brother Paul Ndichu that occurred at the Ole Sereni hotel. She condemned the violence and called for justice over the matter. Janet Mbugua is a formidable voice on matters regarding gender equality.  

Car & House

Janet Mbugua says she loves living a private life. Well, that’s true because details about her car and where she resides aren’t in the public domain. Whilst fans got a glimpse of her house during an episode of Up Close with Betty in 2019, it’s not clear where her residence is. 

Net Worth

Janet Mbugua's net worth from her work as a media personality, businesswoman, philanthropist and author is estimated to be $1 - $5 million.

Awards & Recognition

2021: Inua Dada Foundation won the World Association for Sexual Health Award

2015: Top 40 Under 40 Women in Kenya

2014: Named the top three best news anchors by the Media Council of Kenya

Top 25 Women in Digital 

Social Media

Janet Mbugua’s Instagram: @OfficialJanetMbugua 

Janet Mbugua’s Twitter: @OfficialJMbugua

Janet Mbugua’s Facebook: Janet Mbugua

Janet Mbugua’s website: Official Janet Mbugua

Q&A

Where does Janet Mbugua work?

Janet Mbugua is the founder of Janet Mbugua Foundation, Inua Dada Foundation, and JM Media Avenue

When did Janet Mbugua give birth?

Janet Mbugua gave birth to her first son Ethan Huru in October 2015 while Mali Mwaura was born on 17 September 2018.

Who is Janet Mbugua's husband?

Janet Mbugua has not confirmed rumours that she divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu. Even then, Janet Mbugua has dropped the name Ndichu at least on her social media handles. The two met in high school and got married in 2015. 

How much does Janet Mbugua earn?

Janet Mbugua quashed speculation that she earned Ksh 800,000 per month at Citizen TV. Though she did not disclose what she earned, seasoned news anchors get upwards of at least Ksh 300,000. 

How old is Janet Mbugua?

Born on 10 January 1984, Janet Mbugua’s age is 38.

Is Janet Mbugua still married to Ndichu?

As per unconfirmed reports, Janet Mbugua divorced her husband Eddie Ndichu after he was accused of assault. This as reports show, is one of the many incidents that finally brought a five to six-year marriage to an end.