'I AM UNIQUE' NJERI MAKENA CONFIRMS SHE'S GAY

by Beatrice Ambasa
May 20, 2021

Media personality and former BBC journalist Njeri Makena has come out as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, and she is not sorry.


In a video posted by the international media platform, TedX on behalf of TedX Parklands, Makena disclosed that it had taken years for her to accept and admit the fact to herself.


"I remember for the first time in my life after very many years, I looked at the mirror and said to myself 'I am gay, I am unique and this is my truth'," she said.


Rumours of Makena being gay started when a girl had vandalized her Mercedes Benz, alleging that she had cheated on her.


"I remember that cold morning of July 2019 when I woke up and looked at my phone. I had over 1,000 messages and over 500 missed calls. My blood went cold. I knew something was wrong," she said.


For the three months that followed, she was constantly battling depression with few people to turn to.


Ms Makena narrated that in her career as an actor, she had wanted to take up roles that would typically be reserved for men but often faced criticism.


After leaving BBC, Makena is now focused on building her organization Bold Network Africa where she is the CEO and founder.


She believes that by educating the society in Africa through storytelling, she can help to eradicate hate towards members of the LGBTQI+ community in Africa.