John Sibi-OkumuNotable Broadcaster & Presenter
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John Sibi-Okumu, is one of Kenya’s foremost broadcast journalist. He has interviewed Daniel arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Robert Mugabe, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Paul Kagame, Benjamin Mkapa, Joachim Chissano, Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai and Jane Goodall.
He was quiz master for The Zain Africa Challenge, an inter-university, general knowledge competition seen in eight African countries and chief anchor for JSO@7, a one hour news’ digest.
John is a man of the stage and screen: He has acted in close to 40 lead roles on stage and appeared in a number of local and international films, including The Constant Gardener, Shake Hands with the Devil and The First Grader. He has written and devised seven plays and, under his direction, Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina’s Mo Faya! played to great acclaim at the New York Festival of Musical Theatre in 2009.
He has narrated and voiced award-winning documentaries and commercials in both English and French . He is also a published author for young readers and, as a print journalist, he has been a longstanding columnist for several local publications. John is featured in the book Life Journeys, Scaling Heights – Conversations with High Achieving Men in Kenya. He has moderated a number of international conferences.