Jahmby Koikai Discloses Missed News Anchor Opportunity

Jul 19, 2020

Kenyan media personality Jahmby Koikai on Friday July 17 shared how she missed out on a job despite having high hopes she would land the opportunity. She however added that it was a blessing in disguise.

Although she did not get the job, she is forever grateful for the opportunity.

She revelaed while sharing an old photo of herself on her Instagram page.

Jahmby Koikai shared an old photo of herself on her Instagram page on Friday July 17. Source: File

“There was a reality show that was running on one major TV channel here in Kenya, searching for the next top news anchor.” she wrote on her Instagram page.

“I’ve always had the knack for news. At the time, I was working at Metro Fm. Walked to my boss and asked him if he was ok with me participating in this competition. He agreed to it.”

“Auditions were at Film Studios. The queue stretched all the way to the showground. I was at the back kabisa. Imagine 300 people before you. Then we got the briefing paper and it indicated, ‘no persons with experience in a media house allowed to participate in this audition’.” she explained.

She revealed that at some point she almost gave up but decided to carry on anyway.

“Mimi Jahmby Koikai, nirudi home after watu 300 kukuwa mbele yangu? Nikasema zi. (I Jahmby Koikai return home after 300 people in front of me? I said no.) So I stayed in line until I got to the audition room.”

Jahmby Koikai at a past event. Source: Kiss FM

She went on to talk about how the judges were a few people she was in campus with.

“I felt a wave of despair. Like I’m here auditioning, yet my classmates will be judging me? I did my thing and I was considered.”

She revealed how they got into the media house and how her alongside other participants were assigned to different groups. She was the group leader and led them to victory in the challenge.

“Later that evening, we were driven back to Film Studios for a briefing. The presenter of the show said, some of us have to go home.”

“My name was called out first amongst other great people. We were dropped home. I cried. It felt like I’d lost such a great opportunity. My mom and late grandma were so sad cos they loved to watch me do the news.” she explained.

However it would turn out to be a blessing in disguise for her as another opportunity came knocking over 10 years ago.

Jahmby Koikai at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). Source: Instagram

“I saw a TV ad and decided to apply for the news anchor position. As you see in this pic, I got my hair done at Ralph’s Hair Salon, new suit etc. I didn’t get the job.”

After KBC, she never got to anchor the news again. She was however grateful that she did not get the job even though she felt dejected at the time.

She further disclosed that she battled severe Endometriosis in silence for over 19 years. Last year she underwent a series of surgeries and complications since she was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 29.

She left Kenya in February 2018 for treatment in Atlanta, United States. She suffered from Thoracic Endometriosis-a condition which causes her lungs to collapse regularly.

According to Endometriosis News, Thoracic endometriosis is the presence of endometrial tissue in the thoracic region, may in rare instances lead to pneumothorax in the left lung of young women, according to a case study.

This condition, characterized by the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity, can cause the lung to break from the chest wall.


“I think of how engaging the newsroom is and I’m grateful I wasn’t in that space. I’d have utilized all my sick-leaves and off-days and just declared redundant.” she wrote.

She concluded by advising people battling chronic ailments like her that there is hope even at the darkest hour.

“There are many people like me who are bound by chronic illness and cannot do the things they love. I share your pain.

“But there’s hope. I’m grateful to God for His reminder that He will restore to you all the years that the locusts have eaten.” she concluded.


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