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John Allan Namu: How I want to be remembered – Exclusive

Renowned producer and investigative journalist John Allan Namu helms a show on Maisha Magic Plus show, seeking to unravel concealed truths surrounding notorious crimes that have left an indelible mark on the nation.

The locally hosted and produced true-crime documentary series, The Last Door, takes viewers on a journey through the shadows of Kenya’s darkest mysteries.

The 13-episode series is set to delve into the last steps of victims before their untimely demise.

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One of the compelling narratives featured in The Last Door revolves around the tragic murder of rising fashion prodigy Edwin “Chiloba” Kiptoo.

The documentary explores the intertwining elements of love, fashion, and murder, unraveling startling revelations as the hunt for the killer intensifies.

In an interview with Nairobi News, Namu reflected on the broader societal questions raised by the victims’ stories, emphasising the need to avoid dehumanisation based on factors such as sexuality.

He encouraged viewers to engage with the stories as a means of reflection on societal issues.

Sharing the challenges faced during filming, Namu acknowledged the trauma associated with some stories.

“We have conversations with my team and my wife. If it is overwhelming, I decide to go and see a specialist on the matter. The key is to recognise the triggers on things that might affect me and to try and walk that journey and seek help. You can’t do these things alone.”

Psychologists sometimes accompany the production team to address the emotional toll, and Namu stressed the importance of recognising triggers and seeking professional help.

“Sometimes we have psychologists accompanying us for stories in the field. Some stories are difficult to tell and sometimes, they even ask us to stop recording. I sometimes shed tears but we try not to manipulate people’s emotions,” he said.

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When asked about his legacy, Namu expressed a desire to be remembered as a mentor who opened doors for aspiring journalists.

“I am still writing my legacy and I hope that I broaden the field for people to practice the kind of journalism that they want. To be a stepping stone for other journalists and to build the field of investigative journalism. I hope to be remembered as a person who opened doors for other people.”

With nearly two decades of investigative journalism experience, Namu has delved into crimes at various societal levels, leaving an indelible mark on Kenyan and African society.

The Last Door TV series promises viewers a gripping and emotionally charged exploration of Kenya’s true-crime landscape, with Namu guiding audiences through stories that transcend the boundaries of society.

“I would want Kenyans to watch The Last Door as they also reflect on things we are trying to uncover,” he said.