In Africa, women have a long history of bringing under control obstacles to keep their heads above the water. So, it comes as no surprise whenever African women are recognized and decorated across the continent and globe for performing brilliantly well in their various fields of endeavor. In Kenya for instance, a list of national media sensations will not be complete if Julie Gichuru is missing on such a list. A renowned entrepreneur and media Personality, Gichuru has a stake in more than three booming business sectors in Kenya.
In addition to being the most successful female TV presenter in Kenya, she is also one of the most influential female personalities in the East African country. To her credit, Gichuru has earned great respect as an acclaimed journalist and brand ambassador for many charity organizations in Kenya and Africa at large.
In this article, we’ll bring to light everything you need to know about this iconic media star, including lesser-known facts that you can’t find elsewhere.
Julie Gichuru Biography and Age
Julie Gichuru was born on January 7, 1974, in Nairobi. She spent a major part of her childhood in Dagoretti, Nairobi – precisely along Wanyee Road, Nairobi.
Julie’s parents are of two diverse ethnic backgrounds. Her mother is a Kikuyu from Kiambu (a region in the former Central Province of Kenya) while her father is from Kashmir, a state in northern India.
According to reports, her father entered into Kenya as a migrant in the early 1990s. He later took up a job with the railway company which was under construction by the British government at the time.
Julie attended St. Christophers School in Nairobi, from where she proceeded to the Green Herald in Bangladesh, where her father was posted for military training. She subsequently enrolled at Karen C school, in Karen, where she spent a term before joining Loreto Convent Msongari in Standard Four.
She went on to do her Form 3 and 4 at Imani School, Thika. But this was after she was pulled out from the local 8-4-4 system to the GCE boarding school.
Although Julie prides herself today as a professional criminal lawyer, her childhood dream was to become an actress. She gave chase to her childhood ambition by enrolling for acting classes at the Phoenix Theater in Nairobi, which had meagre income and was at its teething stages at the time.
Because of these constraints, Julie dropped out of the acting school and decided to study law. During her university years, Julie Gichuru worked at a food factory in the UK so as to assist her father in raising her school fees. She initially worked in a food line where her main duties were to identify and remove soiled products from the food chain.
Today, Gichuru is a professional criminal lawyer, having obtained an LLB Law and MBA from University of Wales’ Cardiff Law School and Cardiff Business School, respectively.
Upon her return from law school, she secured a position at the Kenya Television Network (KTN). She later moved to Capital FM before securing a reporting gig at KTN, from where she moved to NTV (founded 1999) and then Royal Media Services.
Julie’s 15 years plus stint across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media have seen her pioneer impressive number of television shows in Kenya. She currently works at state-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) following her shocking exit from Citizen TV in 2017.
Julie Gichuru Family – Husband and Children
Renowned Tv personality Julie Gichuru is married to Anthony Gichuru, a practising pilot and an entrepreneur. Tony is said to have come from one of the richest families in Kenya.
The perfect lovebirds walked down the aisle in a lavish wedding on November 29th, 2003 and their marriage produced five children. Julie would have been a mother of five but she lost her son, David Arthur Mwaura, sometime in 2005. Her child’s death didn’t only leave her devastated, the tragedy almost brought her to her knees and has continued to traumatize her to date.
According to a recent interview carried out by Drum, Julie admitted that her child’s death was the lowest point in her life and she still writes poems to her late son to keep the memories fresh.
Nevertheless, the super mom and her other children – Daniel Gichuru, Joseph Gichuru, Kimoshe Gichuru, and Njeri Gichuru have all managed to put the tragedy behind them.
Although Julie has a multitude of fans and admirers on her side, she has been careful enough to keep much of her family and private life under the wraps. This, we believe, could have given rise to the various misconceptions and endless speculations about the iconic journalist.
House and Salary
Contrary to popular belief, media icon Julie Gichuru does not come from a wealthy family. In fact, her college education impacted so much on her family to the point that her father had to struggle to see her through college.
Today, the renowned TV icon boasts of so many investments in Kenya. Most part of her net worth stem from the neat earnings she makes from her businesses, salary, and other endeavours.
In addition to her interests in the film production industry, Julie owns a production house known as Arimus as well as an online fashion house known as MIMI. She and her husband also established a foundation called: The Footprints Africa Foundation.
We believe Julie Gichuru, who banks as a news anchor, TV personality, and journalist receives an impressive and befitting annual salary. Though her annual salary is yet to be made public, her net worth reportedly stands at $400,000.
Talking about her house, it was recently reported that her family bought a new house in Kenya. After a thorough research, we can confirm that Julie, Tony and their four children are living comfortably in their new house. The location of the super house is not yet known to the media, but we’re pretty sure it must be somewhere in one of Nairobi’s top-notch suburbs.