Nairobi News


Why Ferdinand Omondi quit the BBC

After eight years of working for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter Ferdinand Omondi has called it quits.

The seasoned journalist announced his departure from the giant media house on May 23, 2023.

He explained that working at the BBC East Africa Bureau had not only horned his journalism skills but also expanded his horizons.

The former NTV journalist hinted at heading for greener pastures but stopped short of revealing his next destination.

“Today, I close this wonderful chapter of my life at the BBC after 8 years. I have grown, I have learned, I have thrived. I leave with a grateful heart and fond memories. Storytelling is what I do best. And I’m excited for what the universe has next for me on my plate. My story continues,” Ferdinand Omondi said.

Omondi started his career in the media as an actor at the popular high school drama series Tahidi High.

He later switched and became a sports reporter at Citizen TV before joining KTN and NTV between 2012 and 2014 as a sports reporter and later on Coast Bureau reporter.

His departure from the BBC comes days after the appointemnet of former Citizen TV news anchor Waihiga Mwaura as the lead presenter for the Focus on Africa show.

The BBC Focus on Africa show presents the biggest African and international stories from around the world in various categories including economic, political and social updates.

Previous hosts of the show include Peter Okwoche (Nigeria), Sophie Ikenye (Kenya) and Lukwesa Burak (Zambia).

BBC is headquartered in London and its largest bureau outside the United Kingdom is located in Nairobi, Kenya, from where majority of African stories are produced before being aired on the global BBC network.