Julie Gichuru Biography and Profile
Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur, a media personality and a producer. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Arimus Media Limited, a production house focused on quality African content, and MIMI HOLDINGS LTD, a fashion retail business.
Julie Gichuru Early Life
Julie Gichuru started off her education at St Christophers School in Nairobi and at the age of eight attended the Green Herald in Bangladesh where her father was posted for military training. On returning to Kenya Julie spent a term at Karen C school based in Karen before transferring to Loreto Convent Msongari in Standard Four. In Form 2 Julie convinced her parents to transfer her from the local 8-4-4 system to a GCE boarding school and she joined Imani School in Thika for Form 3 and 4. After this she spent two Semesters at USIU before transferring to UK where she did a one year pre-University Course at Warwick University. Julie then accepted a place at the University of Wales, Cardiff for her Law Degree. Once complete she worked for a year to help finance her Masters degree and completed her Masters in Business Administration at the same University. For a brief period Julie did her pupillage at Hamilton, Harrison & Matthews Advocates in Nairobi before pursuing a different career path in the media.
Julie Gichuru Education
Julie started off her education at St Christophers School in Nairobi and at the age of eight attended the Green Herald in Bangladesh where her father was posted for military training.
On returning to Kenya Julie spent a term at Karen C school based in Karen before transferring to Loreto Convent Msongari in Standard Four. In Form 2 Julie convinced her parents to transfer her from the local 8-4-4 system to a GCE boarding school and she joined Imani School in Thika for Form 3 and 4.
Gichuru holds an LLB Law and an MBA from Cardiff Law School University of Wales and Cardiff Business School University of Wales resepctively.
Julie Gichuru Career
After Julie did her masters in Law, she didn’t want to join the bar because that ment that she would go a year without any pay and she needed to support herself and her grandmother. She prefered trying her luck in the media. She went to KTN and fortunately she passed the interview and was supposed to be in the business and legal section.
While at KTN she got a better offer at Capital FM before moving to television as a reporter and News Anchor at Kenya Television Network, part of The Standard Group. During her time there, she the launched investigative series The Inside Story, focused on corruption, crime injustices and inequity in Kenya. She later worked to NTV before moving to Royal Media Services.
Julie worked with a team at Citizen TV to conceptualize and host the groundbreaking news show Sunday Live with Julie Gichuru. This pioneered news and current affairs show launched in 2008 at Citizen TV, redefining the style and delivery of news in Kenya. In 2009 Julie conceptualized and hosted Fist to Five for Change, which facilitated reconciliation and healing for victims and perpetrators of post election violence in Kenya. She has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story, to various current affairs shows including the celebrated post election peace specials Voices of Reason.
In 2016, she quit Citizen Television where she was the Group Digital Business Manager and talk show host. She now works at KBC
Julie Gichuru Foundation/ Initiatives
The Footprints Africa Foundation has been established by Anthony and Julie Gichuru to help empower and grow healthy, dignified and informed societies in the region. FAF supports the Great Debaters Contest and the Africa Leadership Dialogues, both platforms for discussion and exchange of ideas on African challenges and opportunities. These forums are now televised for impact across millions of households.
FAF also supports the Natembea Campaign launched by a youth group called the Gisma Group. This campaign empowers people with health and hygiene information and delivers shoes to schools in highly disadvantaged areas. The Natembea Campaign has impacted positively on the lives of thousands of children across Kenya. FAF believes in giving people a chance to make a mark, to leave a footprint of positivity on the world.
Julie Gichuru – ARIMUS MEDIA LIMITED
Arimus Media is an interactive production group consisting of creatives, developers, digital producers, film producers and directors and crew. They create unique productions of full-fledged features, documentaries, commercials, community service responsibility (CSR) coverage, events, music, plays and soaps and corporate video profiles for various companies and organizations.
Julie Gichuru – THE GREAT DEBATERS CONTEST
The Great Debaters Contest (GDC) is an initiative of Jamhuri Peace Foundation and the Footprints Africa Foundation that focuses on providing a platform for young people to actively question, deliberate, share information, lobby and contribute in making Africa a better continent to live in. GDC is currently working with over 100 secondary schools in Kenya. The project mainly targets high school students, age 14-18 years.
Julie Gichuru – AFRICA LEADERSHIP DIALOGUES
The Africa Leadership Dialogues is a pan African television show that engages with leaders in public and private sectors with a view to analyzing the state of the African continent and the way forward. Conceptualized and hosted by Julie Gichuru this highly interactive show takes the discussion across the continent through social media where Africans get to share their views.
Julie Gichuru – MIMI ONLINE COLLECTION
MIMI collection is an online shopping store that seeks and stocks various styles and trends to suit different needs and preferences. From formal classics and sophisticated clothing, to youthful and trendy looks, MIMI offers great quality merchandise at excellent value.
Julie Gichuru – FOOTPRINTS AFRICA FOUNDATION
Footprints Africa Foundation believes that every human being has potential to shape their desired future. FAF currently supports the Great Debaters Contest & Africa Leadership Dialogues, as well as the Natembea Campaign which takes shoes and healthcare information to children in less advantaged schools. FAF offers several scholarships annually and is in the process of launching several competitions across schools and universities in East Africa.
Julie Gichuru Awards and Recognitions
- She is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness for advocacy of non violence following the 2007 election in Kenya.
- Julie was declared a Young Lobal Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.
- She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011.
- Julie has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Young Power Women in Africa.
- Recently Julie was recognized in the WIE list of 60 most influential African women in the world.
Julie Gichuru Family
Julie Gichuru Husband – Anthony Gichuru
Anthony Gichuru, Julie Gichuru’s husband is a practicing pilot. Anthony Gichuru comes from a wealthy family and his family is amongst one of the richest families in Kenya. Little is known about Anthony as Julie Gichuru usually goes out of her way to shield her family from the public limelight
Julie Gichuru Children – Kids
Julie Gichuru is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru and they have had 5 children.
Julie Gichuru Parents
Most people believe that Julie Gichuru is part Caucasian from the UK due to her immensely light complexion. Julie Gichuru is of mixed origin with her father being an Indian and mother a Kikuyu from the Kiambu region. Her father’s family is originally from Kashmir and migrated to Kenya in the early 1900s to work on the railway line being built by the British.
Contrary to popular belief, Julie Gichuru does not come from a wealthy family. Her father worked in the military and had some businesses on the side. Going for her college education put a financial strain on the family and her father had to struggle to see her through college.
Julie Gichuru Age – Julie Gichuru Date of Birth
Julie Gichuru was born on February 2, 1965
Julie Gichuru Beaten by Husband
There has been some rumors that Julie Gichuru was being beaten by her husband, here is her responce:
First they said,
“She is married to a very old man,
A veritable sugar daddy,
What a terrible plan!”
Then they said,
“Oh she’s married to a snipper of a lad,
Shame, she robbed the cradle,
How terrible, how bad!”
Then they said,
“He beats her, she gets a whipping now and then,
How can she put up with it?
She is just a pecked hen!”
Then they said,
“That man, he is kaliwad like mad,
She controls things like a nonsense,
So shocking, so sad!”
It seems they must say something,
There’s always something to be said…
Truth means nothing to them,
But remember, keep your head…
While lies are very hurtful, causing sorrow and pain,
Your victory is that the truth quite a different game.
As you sit back and hear the contorted lies they tell,
Say thank you Lord for giving me a life so sweet and well!
And so ensure your affirmation resides within your soul –
Feeding your focus and passion, making you happy and whole.
For they will not stop the talk, it is what they do best –
But talk is cheap, and this they’ll learn when they face this very test.
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Julie Gichuru House
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10. Things You Probably Never Knew about Citizen TV’s Julie Gichuru.
1. From the tender age of 10 she wanted to be a criminal lawyer.
2. Her show “Sunday Live” was initially meant to be like Oprah’s.
3. Julie is a UNICEF Ambassador.
4. She is an actively involved mother of four and a wife with a parallel and equally involving life in the limelight.
5. Her father struggled to take her through University.
6. She’s a go-getter who is not afraid to float her ideas to her bosses.
7. All of Julie’s shows have been a success.
8. Her husband, Anthony, manages her persona in public.
9. Julie dresses to inspire young people.
10. She loves watching cartoons.
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