Soni Methu’s journey from the small screen as an actress in a local Kenyan TV drama, to her current role as the host of CNN’s Inside Africa was perhaps unexpected. While being at the right place at the right time enabled her progression, it is clear that her many talents and passion for journalism have contributed to her success.
An alumna of Strathmore College where she studied Information Technology, Methu’s professional experience is diverse, from her role in helping to address socio-political issues in Kenya as the host of the Taj Talk show, to that of a producer and editor at the full service production company, Vivid Features. It was at Vivid that she was fortuitously selected for her subsequent role as an East Africa’s Correspondent for South Africa’s eNews Channel Africa (ECA), where for two years, she reported on breaking news and feature stories for Eastern Africa. However, while she excelled in this role and learned so much about the region, fate came knocking in the form of an offer to take on her current role on CNN.
Methu succeeds former host, Errol Barnett, and is tasked with the assignment of taking her global audience on a journey across the African continent, exploring the true diversity and depth of different cultures as well as socio-political and economic landscapes unique to each region and country. Some of her noteworthy features to date include her exploration of the impact of Lupita N’yongo’s success on the Kenyan film industry and her interview with some of Ghana’s female trendsetters who are challenging the traditional roles of women in the country.
Methu is currently based in CNN’s Nairobi bureau.
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