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Exclusive: BBC’s Sophie Ikenye Talks To Chano8 About Life And Career

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Every time she steps in the studios of London based British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) media outlet to present her famous Focus On Africa programme, most of the viewers stay glued to the screens like their lives depended on it as they keenly listen to every word that comes of her mouth. The Kenyan-born news anchor has a lot of admirers and followers in East Africa and Africa at large.

Sophie has had a successful career rising through the journalism ranks from her home land Kenya to BBC in London where she is now firmly plying her trade. She is passionate about her work and career but also has some ‘hidden’ dreams in her which she shared with us.

But who knows what Sophie would turn out to be if she was not a TV personality? In a very recent question and answer interview she had with Chano8, she disclosed to us how she has too much love for farming and Law.


Sophie Ikenye talks to Chano8

“If I was not a journalist, I probably would be a lawyer but if I wasn’t those two things, I would be a farmer. I love farming and I have a farm and animals but am not there to take care of them, they are taken care of by family but I would like to see youth getting to farming because that is the future.” She says with a beaming smile.

Sometimes people are professionals in a certain area, when they do have different other talents. A live example back home here in Uganda is top comedian Salvado Idringi who has a degree in Telecom Engineering but left his job with MTN Uganda for comedy which he is doing professionally now.

Back to Sophie, the journalist also added that she got so inspired by young people indulging in farming as she was conducting her series programme called ‘Farming Is Cool’ which she did in African countries Kenya, Ghana and South Africa.

“These young people had left corporate jobs like the Ghanaian who left the USA and went to some village south of Ghana. The South African is a girl who also left her Job and now is working in one of the dad’s animal farms and the Kenyan came up with a fish biscuits innovation. So such things really get me excited.”


Sophie Ikenye taking on Chano8’s questions from Gloria Batuta

Look out for the full interview with Sophie Ikenye coming up soon on www.chano8.com where she shares with us her journey to the top.

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