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Julie Gichuru – A Woman for all Seasons (True Love November 2010)

One of Kenya’s best loved anchors opens up about success, criticism, motherhood and her new agenda for Kenya’s youth. By Carol Odero

She must be used to hearing this but I thought she would be taller. Julie Gichuru is diminutive. When she walks in, her high heels disappear into the hem of her jeans, pooling under her feet and grazing the floor. She looks all of 21 and her thick hair, aided by extensions because she cut it off a few years back, falls down her back. She is so chirpy and perky it’s contagious. Do not be fooled. She has been known to bite.

Today, she is group digital manager and television host at Citizen TV and her shows have been known to claim their
pound of flesh.

When I ask how old she is, she throws back, “How old do I look?” Were it not for the heavy lifting of political and societal cultural weights she does so effortlessly, one might underestimate her. “There is nothing wrong with people looking at you and thinking you are an airhead. In fact it is a good thing. That way they are the ones who have to deal with you when you finally show your smarts.”

Her career is unrivalled and she has worked in some of the biggest media houses in Kenya. Perhaps because of her girl next door demeanour, she is also something of a Kenyan sweetheart who registers on the stylish personalities radar regularly. Her soft voice and youthful almost girlie looks make her vastly approachable.

Is there a grand plan and a business mastermind at hand, one wonders? “I am the kind of person who does not plan what I do in my career. In fact my husband would find it quite amusing that we are even having this conversation.”

True Love’s last meeting with Julie was in 2006. She was introduced to us as a grieving mother, having lost her son in the most unfortunate of circumstances. We cried with her, felt her pain, and saw her healing begin. Nearly five years later, she has more to offer. This time joyous and celebratory.

For one, she is working with UNICEF on a Baby Banda campaign, teaching women about breastfeeding. “I remember breastfeeding my two babies once in a doctor’s waiting room with women looking at me oddly before asking the doctor if that was normal! My mother kept asking me why I was still breastfeeding my son Kimoshe at four. I had to remind her that it was my baby and it was my house.”

UNICEF simply called her out of the blue. She gets a number of these calls. She gives talks about digital things, motherhood, parenting, women and careers, motivating young people and moderating on issues of national cohesion.

She is also a fellow and trustee member of the African Leadership Initiative, part of the Young Global Leaders, under the World Economic Forum, and has won a Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Foundation in 2008. Aspen Global Leadership Network and African Global Leadership made a bid for her participation and now she flies around the world, taking part.

Her involvement came after the post election violence during which time she participated in peace initiatives. She was then nominated and asked to train as an Aspen moderator. The other was done by a committee with Queen Rania. They sent her a message and said her name was put forward as a contender. Where does she find time? “I always think there is an opportunity to learn or teach something. There have been many things that have come my way but I have to ask myself if it fits in line with who I am.” She has to find time for her main job though between digital and hosting. “I think very soon it is going to be at an inflection point because of all the things I am doing.”

As for failure, she did attempt to run a magazine, a venture which backfired. “I ended up with a lot of debt and spent three years trying to pay them off.”

From the age of 10 she wanted to be a criminal lawyer. With more than a passing interest in drama, she wrote plays, won public speaking awards and considers herself a poet. However, James Falkland who at the time was heading Phoenix Theatres, mentioned there was no future in theatre as it earns no money. She chose law.

It was evidence law that did it for her. Injustice greatly provokes Julie and the law she learnt only enhanced the inequalities by showing them up. It offended her so greatly that when she finished, she went on to study business administration. She came back to Kenya and there was the option of going to Kenya School of Law and financially depending on her parents.

Instead she went to Capital FM for a voice test. They called her back within hours asking her to start on Monday. “I realized the other day what I am doing is a combination of the things that I love. The things I do are so related to what I studied. There is an element of drama, and I just ended up being where I should be.”

Julie is in the throes of Sunday Live, a television show she says would be impossible to do without the dedication and expertise of the team that work with her. “We have an editor who is solely dedicated to hunting down the rich people for the segment ‘Who Owns Kenya’ and a research department. We sit in meetings, coordinate and share ideas. Team effort is critical otherwise I would not be able to do what I do.”

Her shows get her into trouble. “I think we have a couple of court cases and threats. I get complaints from people who tell me this is not the kind of wealth we need to celebrate but there are people who have made it in Kenya through hard work, but some have not. We can give some indication of this with the information we acquire and I think it is important to tell people who is behind that bank or the owner of that institution.

Kenyans have the right to know these things. A lot of things happen in this market. There is a lot of insider trading going on and people act like they do not know it. We are just saying that you have the right to know. Some of them are very hard to follow through and there are individuals we finally had to pull out on when it got murky. We knew that would happen going in but Kenyans should not feel this is sacred information.”

Fortunately for Julie, she is at home with investigative journalism. “When I moved to Citizen I was raring to go. Wachira Waruru told me to settle down first. It took three months to conceptualise Sunday Live. Initially, it started out as an Oprah concept but a lot of people saw an element of seriousness in what I do and we did not want to lose that.

With that the concept evolved.” Here is where Julie is becoming something of a trendsetter. This then begs the question as to why she left Nation TV, now NTV, in June 2008 where she seemed to be thriving.

“Nation was like my family. Moving on was not an easy thing. I was crying everyday once I realized I was going to move and I remember on the last day standing outside waiting for my husband to come and get me, sobbing as if I had lost my best friend. I was pathetic. He found me bawling and it was nothing other than the fact that I was leaving. But I felt I was not achieving what I needed to achieve.

When you are miserable and the core of your being tells you to make a change, is it not important to at least make that change?” How, I ask, did she negotiate a package? There is a pause as she thinks. “It is a challenge. We undervalue ourselves. I generally do not like to negotiate. I think it is below me. If I don’t think that we can find a point of agreement I will just leave it. I also do not haggle well. That, I think is a weakness. When an offer is made initially it has to be somewhere within reason. That being said we had discussed this before I went in.”

Julie is an actively involved mother of four and a wife with a parallel and equally involving life in the limelight. Surely this must be a challenge. “I have so much more time for my children now but of course as a mother there are things that you wish you could do like a stay-at-home mum who is there all the time can. But you have to find balance.

In the beginning of my career, it was really hard. I would read news two weeks in a month and work during the day. I saw my kids in the morning but not at night. There are seasons when you work really hard but there has got to be a break. It can’t just be this thing that is endless because it will suck the life out of you. You have to put in some boundaries.”

The shift in priorities was dictated by her own personal loss. “After losing David Mwaura I just thought some things are not so important. Kimoshe remembers him very well but Njeri’s memories of him are very vague. I still mourn him. I wrote him a poem yesterday and miss him yet we still feel blessed. You learn how to deal with it. It is not something that brings us down. Remembering him is something that brings us joy.” There is Kimoshe (10), Njeri (8), Daniel (4) who has taken to calling himself Dr. Dan and Joseph who turns one year this month.

Like every other mother, Julie barely has a minute to herself. “I do a facial at home once a week. I love relaxing in the tub. Sometimes I just send my kids away and tell them to give me half an hour to think and do my thing while they are reading or doing some other thing. The difficulty with doing that much preening is that the kids are young and if I spend time doing that then I feel I am taking it away from the kids.

I go to the salon right before Sunday Live and ask them to do everything in a flurry of 45 minutes.” Sunday also includes an editorial meeting, time with family and grooming for television. “I had started at the gym but stopped. I do yoga type stretches at home. When I eat junk I try to detox with fruits and vegetables. As for my last real facial, I had it before Joseph, about 18 months back. I have been surviving on good skin products. I do break out but thankfully it never leaves scars.”

She is a go-getter, not afraid to pitch her ideas to her bosses, as well as to debate, urge, argue and push them. “I want to do a lot of programming and executive producing so there is going to be a lot of convincing. I want to broaden horizons.”

But why all the hard work? There’s a perception that she comes from a rich family. The kind that should be featured in ‘Who Owns Kenya’ and she does not need to work a day in her life.

“Where do people get that impression from? I think you are talking about my father in law. It is important for young people not to expect their parents to provide for them. My father was in the army, and his Asian family settled in Kenya. The army was nothing to complain about, but sending me to university was something of a struggle. Not an easy thing to do on a secretary’s salary either for my mum. The heaviest investment my parents ever made was in their children.”

She did not disappoint them.

The number of television shows Julie has done is phenomenal. “My first live talk show was Capital Openline on Capital FM 2001.

I hosted Ndura Waruinge the head of Mungiki at that time, who had a warrant out for his arrest. It was an explosive show and at the end Phil Matthews burst into the studio and said, “This is your niche Julie! You were born to do this!”

In KTN there was ‘Business as Usual’, ‘The Inside Story’ which was Kenya’s first investigative documentary, and ‘The
Third Opinion’ after Kathleen Openda left.

On NTV she created and produced the popular political debate program ‘Showdown’ hosted in the first season by
Mutula Kilonzo and Mirugi Kariuki, and in the second season by Kilemi Mwiria and Billow Kerrow. She also created,
produced and hosted ‘The Fourth Estate’, ‘On the Spot’, ‘The People’s Voice’, ‘Voices of Reason’, and produced and hosted ‘You the Jury’.

Then she moved to Citizen TV where she is now on ‘Sunday Live with Julie Gichuru’, ‘Fist to Five for Change’ and ‘Eye on Katiba’.

But Julie is not resting on her laurels yet, she has ideas for shows targeting young adults. “I want to capture that idealism and enthusiasm. Life is a struggle. But somewhere we built a generation that blames everybody else and has an ‘uta do?’ attitude. This is where the idea of The Great Debate (yet another of her shows) has come from.”

“When I was in Capital, I knew it was time to leave radio because I started seeing stories as pictures in my head. Now I see Kenyan stories as movies in my head. When people talk I can see the landscape and I can see the shots and I see myself doing a lot of movies from behind the scenes.”

With her movement back and forth, did she get any training for digital? “It is about ideas. In a world facing an economic downturn, the people who are indispensable to a company are the ones who can multitask.” This is apparently her greatest strength.

“Early on in my career someone told me I should be worried because there will be many Julie Gichuru’s coming up. I said no, there will be many amazing people who do amazing things but there is only one me. You must always have faith and confidence in yourself. Remember why nobody can fill that gap. If someone is able to get into your role then it means it is time for you to move forward and ahead and it also means that person is ready for the next growth phase.”

Her approach works as well because of her simple philosophy. “I imagine a woman in Turkana with four kids like me, kids the same age as mine. How does she feed them? I think I speak for the voiceless so I do not really care which side of the political divide you fall. At the end of the day, if this woman had a chance, what would she do? So I keep it almost simple-stupid. That way even if people complain that I was soft on a personality, I know what I am doing.”

That means withstanding the pressure and eternal judgment that she knows especially follows female anchors. “You have to deal with fickle and weighty matters and find the stuff that builds you as a brand from the negative to the frighteningly adoring. I am fortunate I had a partner even before I got onto radio. We already knew each other.

I am so thankful for my husband. If, for instance, I do not notice someone waving, he will tell me, ‘Julie, wave to that person over there. Now turn to your right and wave to the others over there. He manages it (her public persona) well and is very confident in himself. If I did not have that kind of support, I don’t think I would be able to do my job the way I do. I would be pulling my hair out on a daily basis. I go home and ask him how the show was. If he says ‘not good’ I think, bummer. If he says ‘it was great,’ I think, great.

When we meet people in Nakumatt, Westgate or Kikopey, I take photos with people and I leave him with the kids. He is really patient. That is really great.” So, no stalkers then? “None. When I get a gift, it says Julie Gichuru and family. It’s clear. There is no room for any misunderstanding so I do not have to deal with that. I am such a mathee!”

A light assertion aided along by moments such as her on air announcement of her pregnancy. “People had been speculating about my pregnancy. We were doing a show on teenage pregnancy and so I locked it in saying when you have your systems in place as a woman it is a blessed thing to be able to have a child in that environment then introduced a segment on teenage pregnancies. I got a text from this guy saying that that was shameful, he could not believe that I said that on air and he was offended.

It was interesting because it was such a blessing to me.”

Her Sunday Live attire is designed to bring in younger viewers who think news is a dull, boring adult affair. Also, Julie says that, “Kenyans idolize politicians so guess what I’m going to wear sweet skirts, skinny trousers and girlie dresses. I will play with it so that you have something else to talk about that is different and so that Kenyans can stop focusing on politicians. It is a whole mind shift right in line with my ideas for the new generation. I want to work with young people.

When I thought about that, I felt a welling up, and I felt that this really was my life’s calling. I hope to make strides in that area.”

Finally, again, she suffered another recent loss. “I lost my mother in law several months back. She had Alzheimer’s. It was a very difficult few years at the end. She was the kind of person who was so busy and engaged, bringing laughter, food and would emit such energy that by the time she left, you would feel revved up. We were very similar in many ways. For me she was everything that a woman should be. Strong, entrepreneurial and loving. If only I could just be half the woman that she was. Our challenge is to finish her work. I also have a very close relationship with my parents.

We live close to my dad so the kids get to see him regularly. My mother is in the States and she has just written a book about post colonial Kenya and will be here to launch it. I look forward to seeing her.”

At 36, she says “I can’t wait to turn 40.I think that is when you are in your element and you have grown enough to be comfortable in your own skin. I think it is going to be the best thing ever.” Her life still, in as much as it involves work, is centered around her family. “The funniest thing to do is watch tv with my kids. I love cartoons and I introduced them to Star Wars and they show me the latest animations. For me it is all about the warmth and love that is created. I keep thinking soon enough I will be alone with my hubby. I try to guard my family and it is important to me that they are protected at all times.”

Would she say she is successful? “Yes but not because of what I do. Because I am happy, satisfied and content.”

Julie’s Get Ahead Tips

  • You have to struggle for about 4 to 7 years before you come to success. Then again, once you have made if, then the real work begins.
  • Have a plan and a business  concept that works. That is your foundation and stepping stone so it must be solid.
  • Be ready to put in the time.
  • Do not expect to see immediate results. If you do you are in a business that is exceptional.
  • Build a lot of goodwill by having focus and determination. This is what will attract others to you.
  • Be willing to share what you have be it wealth or information.
  • You need people to be successful.
  • Account for your investments in time, effort or money.
  • S.Juma

    Thanks Julie,your efforts are worth emulating.Keep it up and wish you God’s Blessings.

  • Tobby

    Julie,you are a masterpiece.You are a great role model,a great mum and most of all a pacesetter.Your confidence is admirable and thanks for teaching me that there is no other me except me and that achievement doesn’t only make one feel successful,it brings the feeling of happiness and contentment.kudos

  • lilian

    Julie you are an inspiration to mi. the many programs you done in KTN, NTV and now Citizen. May God bless you so much.

  • joan

    If only i could just be half the woman you are.

  • matracy

    U are great woman and a great mother,awoman to be admired.I wish other women in media can just copy half of you.

  • Catherine N N

    Julie u are an inspiration to the voiceless and personally I admire the way you handle yourself it leaves a lot to be desired.Women should emulate you big thumbs up……….

  • MILTON

    JULLIE ,YOU ARE WORTH TO BE CELEBRATED….YOU ARE A HERO!KUDOS

  • julia

    Julie is an inspiration to me and one of my dream come true would be just to meet her.she is my hero and my role model

  • Triza

    Julie is such an Inspiration.

  • mike lagat

    am from eld julie ni mambo yote,i encourage our girls n women to emulate her in fashion,passion n tapia

  • Daniel Omollo

    you have struggled to reach where so many guys are admiring and it is an eye opener to all women in Kenya also to follow your foot steps.Just it is a miracle of a mother of four to look like an 17 yr old cute girl.If all women could have been like you then men in this world could have been transformed to leave the world better than we found it.

  • Diane

    Julie I admire you,you r very humble God bls u

  • Nelson Kisundi

    Julie is a true inspiration. She keeps me thinking that with people like her, Kenya still has a future.

  • Maureen

    Julie when i look at you doing your news presentation every week, the more i want to better myself, you are a great woman and a star to reckon with, all the best in all you do en be blessed always.

  • christabel

    u really are tremendous. the beauty inside you makes the outer beauty more beautiful. Dieu vous beni. je vous aime bien

  • clara

    Thank you julie for your story. I felt good after reading your story because i was feeling so down and disappointed that i am still struggling in my career. You story has given me new strength to fight on and become successful.

  • RUTH

    THANXS jULIE, ALL THE BEST IN THE WORLD, MAY GOD’S ANGELS ALWAYS BE WITH YOU IN ALL YOUR UNDERTAKINGS; AND MAY YOU CONTINUALLY HAVE PEACE AND JOY THAT SURPASSES HUMAN UNDERSTANDING

  • harriet

    saw your cover and had to read your story.its amazing.Keep doing what you are doing coz its inspirational.ur every young woman’s role model..

  • MILLIE

    Julie u r wonderful and we love u. May God bless u and keep u strong.we celebrate u.

  • tarsy karambu

    Julie you`ve been a blessing to many kenya women.

  • Hilda

    You are up there yet very humble and in touch with everyone

  • milcah nyatich

    she is exceptional,beautiful,an all rounded lady…but what i admire most is that above all,she is a devoted family lady.i would love to have even a 5 minutes discourse with her.God bless you julie

  • Lilian

    Julie, I always can’t wait to watch your show. Above all I like your motherly attitude, bring them up good mother You are my role model, hero, i admire you. God bless u and family.

  • patricia

    julie thanks you have inspired me. Long live Julie.

  • Tabitha

    i didnt know that the way u dress on SUNDAY LIVE was a way to get young people watching,it really got me coz av been watching it jus to see wat u r wearing plus the shoes…..kwanza the day u wore the shorts..
    u r an inspiration and i will not say i want to b like you bt i want to have the same determination in achieving my goals as u have had…b blessed.

  • susan

    i like you Julie you are an inspiration to me :) :)

  • patrick koech

    i’d wish all the talk shows especially the political talks were aired once more to remind kenyans of who said what just b4 the ’07 elections and have an idea about PEV and ICC

  • jael

    wow!what an inspirational article, could not believe that Julie is a mum of 4.congrats julie keep on inspiring young women!

  • Tezer

    Thanks for good work
    Am your Fan in Citizen TV –Sunday Live

  • ESSY

    i am proud of you

  • ESSY

    julie u hv really inspired me.GOD BLESS. ESTHER EMBAKASI

  • SK

    Wow Julie is an inspiration. Did not believe she has 4 kids!

  • kundu victor

    hi julie,i wish you God’s blessings as you look foward for more success.

  • http://thuonjr@yahoo.com Anonymous

    Julie i always take time to watch all your shows your very character makes me want to emulate you,God has blessed us with a soul like you,you can make kenya change for better,you stand for sanity and purity still found on this earth,never give up your a source of strength for most of us if not all,thanks a million,God bless you and your family.

    • Njoikfaith49

       hi imagine u are fab

  • Brenda

    You are my role model Julie…God bless you abundantly!!

  • charles

    hi julie,thanks for the good work you have been doing to inspire,educate and inform kenyans not forgetingreminding our politician to take political responsibility.
    merry xmas and a happy new year
    charles,mombasa

  • vinny

    Hi Julie,i have always keenly watched your shows .You are wonderful and admirable on the screen.all in all am happy to learn that you are a mother,God bless you and your family.wish you a merry xmas and a happy new year.

  • sir kihoro

    Yu are truly a woman of all seasons…just like my mum.
    God bless you….
    God job on your sunday live show.

  • atreya

    no comment

  • mary

    What an inspiration Julie, you are a role model to me. Kip up with the good work. god bls

  • ace

    It has to be said, Julie you’re so beautiful

  • ruth melly

    One word………AMAZING

  • ngendo

    you are a role model

  • irene

    Hi Julie, have always and will always watch your shows. Really, this is wonderful. You are just yourself. Keep it up and God bless you and your family.
    IRENE, KSM

  • Carol Alango

    Julie, I agree with the 4-7 years struggle time. As I start 2011 you have inspired me to make some life changing decisions on my carrier as am also a mum. Be blessed and keep the fire burning.

  • JANE JONES KAMAU

    julie u r one in a million waaa may God keep you going what a strong mother u r

  • henry

    i admire you

  • tristan

    ua story is more than an inspiration to ua hazi keep up the good work of supporting the lady and to ua kids cheer up and take after ua paroz!!!

  • Judy

    You such a darling….what i love about you is the fear of God in you..i love youu

  • Laura

    Having followed you from the Julie Bhatt in Capital till present day Citizen, you have truly evolved into a pride of Kenya…The Lord watch over you and your family…..

  • EMILY

    Thanks Julie for What you do for Kenyans. Its great. God bless you. You are my role model

  • pauline kyalo, KIM

    Hi Julie,
    you really are a role model I’m quite interested by the tips you’ve given out kudos for your excellent work!

  • Grace Makenzi

    Thaxs Julie for exposing your talent to the rest in Kenya.may God help you to be more creative to reaching your target for this year.May God shower you with His blessings.

  • Kariz

    Ur a bless’n 2 kenya @ large!

  • Shiru

    A lady worth looking up to

  • Anonymous

    am really inspired Julie, God bless and continue doing what IS good on the eyes of this nation we all look to role models like you!

  • Esau Mbadi

    I like your spirit of hard work and the love you have 4 ur families and may the lords blessing follow u all the days of ur life.

  • bella

    january 31,2011 at 1:09pm
    your career combination really inspires me keep the fire blazing
    and advocate for peace

  • winnie

    hi julie,really gorgeous
    I admire you,dont give up in advocating for peace
    well done beatiful

  • ishmael

    what a woman what a person you are , so wonderful and we admire you all, you are the true legacy to our women .

  • Caleb wanjala

    I admire you julie every other sunday when you read news on sunday live.you are such a brilliant and good looking woman.long live julie.

  • winnie Kyalo

    Julie i admire your courage.

  • donnatta

    i look upto you…ur my hero

  • Mercy

    I admire ur strength, confidence and passion for what u do. You are my role model.

  • maggie

    Julie,you are a hero.Am proud of you.

  • damah

    your my greatest role model as a teenager sometimes i see my self in your coz of all the inspirations and the intelligence uv posses in me.my GOD bless the fruit of hands i lv ur work.

  • nancy

    Julie you are truly a phenomenal woman. thumbs up to you!!! i liked your success story and the fact that you had to work hard to be where you are today. i dint loved your tips especially struggling for 4-7 years!!! i am really inspired by your story. what is your secret heeee!! you look so young for a mother of 4 !! i bet it could be the fact that you are doing what you love best and it gives you the most satisfaction. thanks for confirming this. thanks to true love too for this story.

  • nancy

    yah you are right. i love watching sunday live to see what Julie is wearing today !!! and who owns Kenya!!!!

  • kelly

    wow!! julie is jus a true african woman thumbs up for her!!!!!!!!!!

  • janey

    i admire you and believe that one day am gonna stand up straight because you stood up straight before me,,God bless you

  • joseph omondi

    well spoken.

  • catherine Sikali

    Hi Julie, surely i admire you. Infact you are my role model. Keep it up!

  • Juffal

    Julie, u r an inspiration 2 most of us. Keep up tha good job n fly high. With ua story,i can see success coming on ma way. Kudos n may u live longer. U are the type of people we require in our nation. Thankyou 4 building kenya!!

  • johnson

    keep it Julie and make young women should try to be emulated as you do.

  • perplexed

    sorry to spoil this julie gichuru ‘love in’ but i thought a few home truths are needed here before we elevate her to saintly status. Julie is married to tony gichuru offspring of samuel gichuru ex head of kpl for many years. tony is a mr. fixit for kenya’s for john harun mwau who has been accused of being a very large drug dealer. now as a supposedly renowned invesitgative journalist does it not seem strange that julie has not investigated her loving husband. her deep desire to root out nepotism, corruption and other vices should start at home

  • http://www.chemsugar.com Boaz

    Wow your story is moving & inspirational,you av come a long way.

  • Juliana

    Julie u r a role model for many, God bless u n may he protect you n guide u in all u do. U inspire many n me most…..

  • rhoda

    Julie, your just the best mother at your age. imagine whatever you do just comes out great.i posses every good character in you.surely many women are good but you stand out,kudos n may God continue using you to inspire the youth.

  • perplexed

    this is just crazy. here is a woman who is married and has loads of kids with a man who has beneffited throughout his life from corruption and is presently working on behalf of john harun mwau who has been named as a drug lord and all of you think she is great!? no wonder i am perplexed. Surely kenya produces hero figures more worthy than this?

  • Anonymous

    Julie. You inspire me. after reading the profile I feel like I can take on the world and that nothing is impossible. Keep it up!

  • PETER MAINA

    Julie is great.I admired yesterday’s interview on Esther mUrugi.More admiring was your courage and asertiveness in defending the rights of IDPs to the mighty and powerful.
    I wish you God’s glory,protection and love.

  • perplexed

    has everyone in kenya lost their senses!? has no one conducted any due diligence into this woman, her husband and his activities? wake up before she ends up in government!

  • Gregory Mogaka

    Hi?If only i could send you my magazine to edit.I would truely appriciate that!

  • emmah nyaunga

    ur the best mama in the world<may God bless u n give u wisdom to be where u want ur our role model and thax 4ur efforts to figt 4 the rigts of kenyans.pple like u dserve the best in the wold forever be our hero

  • Truphosa Ochola

    Thumbs up Julie,, I do envy you so much and wish to have just quater of your personality, keep up the good work.

  • Meg

    U r a true hero

  • http://www.yahoo.com Annita mwangi

    When i loged into this page, i knew i’d get smthing inspirational. I love you jullie. Xo much

  • Naomy

    Julie u r my hero i lav everythin bout u

  • karim ghaidan

    how sad that kenya produces ‘heros’ such as this woman. A woman married to ony Gichuru whose father is about to be extradicted to Jersey on serious corruption and money laundering charges. It is high time mrs gichuru conducted some simple due diligence into her own family and tell the nation how much she has personally benefitted. she is a fraud

  • Judy g

    Julie you are gr8t. Do not let the current circumstances slow you down. Keep following the path God has laid out for you. Kudos 4 the good work

    • Lucy wahome

      Gal ur great ua story is so encouranging

  • David mathenge

    Hi julie,i think ur da lady de pple sh’d aim 2 b lyk ,kip it up.

  • jackie g

    julie u r a God sent inspiration.perplexed n karim wacheni hate speech.

  • perplexed

    as long as kenyans hero worship the likes of julie gichuru daughter in law of samuel gichuru wanted in jersey on huge bribery charges there is little hope. wake up and smell the coffee all of you

    • Anonymous

      hei chap, julie aint samuel. have a good day

      • Anonymous

        yes but she sure as hell benefits from old samuel. ask her to put him on her show and guess what? i am sure she will remain silent

  • Miynah masale

    Doesnt matter,julie u are great n iwish u were a member of my family caz am so proud of you..i love everything about you.God bless u n protect u n ua family.love you so much beautiful

  • socrates

    i believe we are unique beings and you are an exceptional lady,wife and mother…do not be burdened by few individuals who see the glass half empty. and again, you personality and character should not be deduced from other…God Bless You

  • perplexed

    what is so great about a woman married to the thuggish son of a thug? surely this places her ethics and morality in serious doubt? if you all cant see this then you are truly doomed

  • http://Gmail Chris onyango

    Being humble is the greatest virtue dad taught me to emulate and u have it,may Almighty be with u.

  • jullie

    You are my role model Julie ,God bless you.

  • Phyllis

    i admire you so much.you are such an inspiration to me and so many. dont be weighed down but the negative ones.you are a hero.

  • Anonymous

    Julie you are one lady i have always admired, you are my role model gal

  • rachael otieno

    i like her ettiquette

  • GK

    perplexed, why are u so bitter with Julie? Are you mad that not every1 is a loser like u? idiot. get a life u fool!!!

  • Betty

    I admire you greatly!

  • Nelima s

    you are a true picture of the power of a woman, you are one in a million. Keep it up

  • Millie

    U have always been a great inspiration Julie, and i love and admire you even more after reading your story. How I’d wish to grow to half a woman that u are!!! Keep up!!

  • perplexed

    GK. The only losers here are those who cannot see how this woman and her thug husband are taking you all for a ride. as i stated in Julie’s case corruption begins at home, her home. she happily and knowingly married into samuel gichuru’s family, remember him? perhaps she should invite her husband and father in law onto her programme and quize them on how they acquired their ill gotten gains which she is benefiting from. Oh and by the way thanks for thinking about my life. all good here. perhaps if you opened your eyes yours might improve

  • Emmanuel

    Julie is truly an inspiration..she is the kind of Idols that most look up to..

  • Hildah odira

    Hi Jullie, I think u r unique,,,,how have you managed to raise 4 beutifull kids and yet most of the carrier women give birth to 1 child or two and feel that is enough,I do a gree that you really value family principles.then the kid are Woww,infact i thought you are a mother of one.God Bless your Familly, achana na “perplexed.”

  • Sim

    Perplexed, you need to take a chill pill son. You’re ranting about her based on the actions of another person, even if that person is her husband. What you have are allegations and if they’re based on documented fact then you need to be speaking with the CID or the police not posting anonymously bashing someone. This article talks about her achievements, not her husband’s. Her take is both positive and inspiring in that it doesn’t talk about being born with a silver spoon but working hard and sacrificing to achieve your dreams which is very relevant to the youth based on the current emphasis on consumerism and living in the moment. You have a problem with her as a role model, get out there and become an even bigger role model to the kenyans and the youth.

  • perplexed

    Sim, thank you for your comments. Probably the most coherent one I have read on this site. Slightly condescending perhaps in that I am not your son. My issue with Julie is precisely her portrayal as a role model. Julie makes it her business to identify corruption on her programme. For this she is lauded and acclaimed, which in my view is totally unjustified. She benefits directly from her husband’s illegal activities. Her achievements as you put it therefore are tainted. I have absolutely no desire to be a role model for anyone. Just concerned that others are not taken for a ride by those percieved to be good role models. And yes I have ample proof of her delightful hubbies activities.

  • Mary

    You are a hero and admirable mother you really touched me especially on how to breastfeed our children congratulations for good work done love you God bless

  • Nyawira kanyua

    Allow me 2 have you as a role model.

  • payshu

    you are such inspiration God bless you

  • payshu

    you are such an inspiration God bless you

  • Sim

    Hiya perplexed. I get where you’re coming from….but… Life sometimes thrusts you into situations that are not of your making or maybe sometimes they are but the best you can do is try to make the best of the cards dealt which is what I think she’s doing. In a movie or a novel you could expect her to ‘out’ her husband but in real life, is it realistic to expect that and to vilify her for not doing so. We live in the real world where sometimes you have to choose the lesser of 2 evils….it’s a tough position to be in and maybe the circumstances are what makes her try so hard to be a positive model for others so as to counter the negativity of her relations. Cut her some slack, sir. P.S – I’m a biiiiig fan of her. You can probably tell by now.

  • Kipngetich

    Julie you such a wonderful woman and an inspiration to many.Keep it up

  • perplexed

    Sim, thank you for your post. Off course it is easy to claim to be good and to preach goodness whilst being bad. Nearly every influential person in kenya does this with impunity. Julie is no different. She is a hypocrit and a charlatan. do yourself a favour and question her, dont follow her. cut her no slack

  • Izvipi.com

    Perplexd u rly do perplex me, u talk lyk lord of angels against Julie as though u r all pure n perfect…merry xmas anway

  • perplexed

    izvipi believe me i am no angel. i admit that wholeheartedly unlike your pure heroine julie who portrays an image of an angel but is really nothing more than a charlatan chancer living off the proceeds gained by her husband at the expense of hundreds of blinkered people like yourself. next time you post please use a dictionary

  • perplexed

    everyone on this site should check out the link below and sign up! would be very interesting to see how your ‘angel’ responds

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-demand-Julie-Gichuru-to-profile-Samuel-Gichuru-in-WHO-OWNS-Kenya/122608997836042

  • edward

    there are 4 gals that want me to bring them to you, two of them are my dotas. they/ we admire you and they want to just have about two hours with you. call us 0720922158

  • Anonymous

    I thank God for you.Your motivational progress,inspiration and determination gives me psyche in everyday I think of you beloved MUM.Albeit I’m also an upcoming media industry personality,I’m looking forward to meet you one day in my life.I believe ten minutes with you is enough for me to extract nobles from your personality.God bless you so much.

  • Kariuki

    Your shows are great .But

    Am really worried that Citizen T.v is turning to be a goverment TV ,they just report the Good things the Govt do(Not a milestone ‘is the Govt work’ ) While the great ills that are done by the Govt are not reported (Govt abscording duty.)
    You can really know this if you watch Hillary Ngwenos ‘ Darkest hour in Kenya’.

  • Daniel wata

    WOOOW THAT WAS AWESOME, THANK U JULIE

  • Mukai

    Ur ma role model

  • sarah njeri

    i just love u julie u inspire me alot wen i see u on screen i just see ma self .i also lyk youthful topics coz am w youth too.may God help u reach where you want.ill reach there too one bright day.

  • Patkerubo

    Julie you are a great inspiration. I want to be even half the woman that you are…may God bless you.

  • julian

    Thank you Julie,that was worth and above all,God bless you for the good and tireless efforts.That was so inspiring and still is.I have learnt a lot.Thank you

  • Wfarahab

    Julie you are the epitome of a successful African woman. you definitely give the skeptics who feel that a woman should walk only in the shadows of a man something to think about.

  • Suekakayi

    Julie you have done a great job especially in balancing family and work.  Keep going higher

  • nyambura mary

    WOW THAT’S SO INSPIRING  IT HAS MADE ME HAVE THAT DESIRE TO STRIVE HARD THANKS FOR THE MOTIVATION

  • Annemwangi400

    julie you are a role model to so many yet so humble.keep up the good work.

  • Jckibii

    i lv u julie so much

  • Juliet_mwikali09

    julie you are quite a spirit to admire.If i were to make a choice of a mother figure who has tried to keep the family intact,you would be among the few besides my mum.I admire motherhood and you have just strengthened that belief in me.all the best

  • http://www.facebook.com/sheey.shey Shey Sheey

    i love Julie Gichuru

  • Kikijosy

    LOVE U JULIE.GOD BLESS UR SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG WOMEN LIKE ME WITH BIG DREAMS

  • prim weru

    julie you are such an inspiration ,u ve made me to rethink of ma life again,i like the way u balance work en family

  • julius

    u r such a hard working lady

  • http://www.facebook.com/samkenmasittak Sam Ken Masitta Kabinga

    Julie you a a wonderful inspirer and the best news editor so far you were ment to be celebrated infact I only watch news when you are editting I luv you so much wonderful

  • winnieoichoe@gmail

    i just love you Julie you realy inspire me i want to be lyke yu

  • Hellen A. Kirowo

    hi jullie u r model to many .May GOD bless

  • MARENDE BEN

    MWAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! JULIE

  • bibty mani othman

    thats so inpiring, kudos julie

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