by Helvine Achieng
February 22, 2021
Julie Gichuru is one of the country's most celebrated personalities, mainly from her impeccable prowess in the media industry and her being among the top Kenyan entrepreneurs. Recently on her social media, Gichuru revealed that she would have taken a different career path on the plight of growing up when she was a teenager.
Sharing her throwback photo from the early 1980s, Julie says that she loved the theatre so much. She would have either become an actress or a theatre script writer.
"In my mid to late teens, IF I could have done anything I wanted with my life I would have become a theatre actress, scriptwriter and director. Not film, not tv – just theatre. The classics. But it was not a viable path to a stable livelihood and independence – that was important to me, so I opted to study law, and went on to get an MBA.
It is a different world now. Young people have many challenges, but also have more opportunity to explore uncharted territory. So, explore. With courage and boldness explore the unseen and the unappreciated. And perhaps for OGs like me… it's never too late…"
Julie has numerous achievements in her life; one of them is being listed as one of the 100 Most Influential African Women of 2019. She is a communication specialist with a 20-year career in broadcast, print, and digital media. Her profile in Kenya, grew as she pioneered investigative television and programming on political and current affairs. She conceptualized and launched numerous top shows and developed the pan-African television show Africa Leadership Dialogues.
Julie has also established her own production house, Arimus Media Limited, focused on editorial, production, digital content, training and 'Igniting Possibilities' through collaborative programs and initiatives. She sits on several Boards and is part of several Fellowships, including the Tutu Fellowship, the Aspen Global Leadership Network/Africa Leadership Initiative and the Young Global Leaders under the World Economic Forum.