The citizen journalists


Augustine Lokwang Ekitela

Contributor

Capt. Augustine Lokwang (rtd) is a security advisor to the Governor, Turkana County. Before joining Turkana County Government, Augustine was a project coordinator at the Danish Demining Group (DDG) managing Kenya Extractive Industry Community Engagement pilot project in Turkana and LAPSSET Conflict Risk Mapping pilot project in Lamu County. Previously, he worked as a security risk consultant at Tullow Oil extractive operations in Turkana County. Augustine worked as a commissioned officer in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) for 10 years serving in AMISOM operations in Kismayu and Dhobley, Somalia. He is a member of the International Security Management Institute. Augustine holds a BSc degree and a diploma in Military Science, a certified security management professional (CSMP®) Level 6 Accredited Diploma (UK). Currently, he is studying an MSc in Governance, Peace and Security at Africa Nazarene University. He comments on security issues.

  • Location: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Web URL: Link

Dr John Teria Ng’asike

Contributor

John Ng’asike (PhD) is a senior lecturer and education activist at Mount Kenya University, Lodwar campus. Previously, he was a lecturer at Kenyatta University, Nairobi campus. Recently, John was a visiting fellow at the University of Oslo, Norway. He earned his PhD in education from University of Arizona, USA, Masters in Education and Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University. He is a native of Turkana County and a champion of pastoralists’ education in Kenya. Dr Ng’asike comments on education issues.

  • Location: Lodwar, Kenya

Janerose Ikwel

Contributor

Janerose Ikwel, 23, is a fifth-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery student at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. Before joining university, she worked at Equity Bank for one and half years under the Equity pre-university program after emerging among the top students in the county. Janerose mentors high school girls in Turkana. She has served as the health director for Moi University student organization, participated in medical camps and medical students conferences organized by medical students association of Kenya (MSAKE) and the International federation for medical students association (IFMSA). She can’t wait to finish medical school in 2016 and start her career. Janerose wishes to study a postgraduate in surgery. She comments on health issues.

 

  • Location: Eldoret, Kenya
  • Web URL: Link

Joshua Loyanae

Citizen journalist

Joshua Loyanae is a citizen journalist for Turkana Guardian based in Kapedo, Turkana East. He has worked as a medical laboratory technologist for more than 18 years with Kenya’s Ministry of Health and laboratory assistant at Normeca Hospital in South Sudan. He is a member of Kenya medical laboratory technicians and technologists’ board. Joshua holds a Diploma in medical laboratory sciences from the Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.

  • Location: Kapedo, Turkana East
  • Web URL: Link

Kevin Angelei

Citizen journalist

Kevin Ang’elei is a citizen journalist for Turkana Guardian. He is also assistant logistician for emergency relief at the Turkana County Government based in Loima sub-County. Previously, he worked at World Vision and Pathfinder International (APHIAplus NAL). Kevin was a communication volunteer at Turkana women advocacy development organization (TWADO). He holds a Diploma in broadcast journalism from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Nairobi.

  • Location: Loima, Turkana

Lucia Epur Lebasha

Contributor

Lucia Lebasha is a Kenyan agronomy student at EARTH University in Costa Rica. She likes agriculture and natural resources. Moved by the effects of hunger in the Kenya´s northern regions where she comes from, she got a greater passion for agriculture, especially of the Arid and semi-arid lands and is aimed at using the knowledge she learns at the university to transmit the necessary information in order to play a role in the transformation of these areas .She strongly believes in the possibility of farming among the nomadic communities of the Kenya´s north and expresses her thoughts and opinions through writing.

  • Location: San José, Costa Rica
  • Web URL: Link

Maimuna Melisa Akengo

Citizen Journalist

Maimuna Melisa is a radio presenter at the Catholic-owned Akicha Radio and a citizen journalist for the Turkana Guardian. She has two years experience in the media. Notably, in 2014, Maimuna covered the National Water Summit and Turkana tourism and cultural festival known locally as Tobong’u Lore (Welcome back home) as well as the Eclipse. She is a member of Atodukos youth group, which empowers youth in Turkana County. Melisa holds a Diploma in Mass Communication from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She enjoys photography of flowers and beautiful landscapes, travelling and socializing.

  • Location: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Web URL: Link

Robert Kariuki

Citizen Journalist

Robert Kariuki is a citizen journalist at Turkana Guardian. He is a committed and determined feature stories writer with an overall interest in community affairs and issues affecting them in their day-to-day lives. Robert holds a Diploma in Radio programmes production from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC), Nairobi. His hobbies are reading books, playing football, socialising and travelling.

  • Location: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Web URL: Link

Rosemary Nchinyei

Contributor

Rosemary Nchinyei is the director of public communication and media relations at the Turkana County Government. Previously, Rosemary worked as a communication consultant at National Land Commission, Head of communication at the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board, Rosemary also worked as Communication specialist at the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). Rosemary is an award-winning Knight nominee. Before, Rosemary worked in the mainstream media as a reporter at NTV and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). She earned her masters in International Journalism from Cardiff University, UK.

Samuel Ewoton Kablit

Contributor

Samuel Ewoton Kablit, 28, works as a programme officer at HelpAge International in Turkana. He is a co-founder of Article 43, an organization that strives to empower the youth, women and children in Turkana County. Sam is passionate about developing communities in the northern Kenya facing challenges of drought, poverty, high illiteracy levels, and poor access to medical facilities and education institutions. He contributes for Turkana Guardian to positively impact on communities around Turkana and overseas. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Maasai Mara University, Kenya. Sam comments on citizen rights, land rights, youth and women empowerment issues.

  • Location: Lodwar, Kenya
  • Web URL: Link

Steven Ariong

Citizen Journalist

Steven Ariong is an award-winning journalist. He is a correspondent for the Daily Monitor and Turkana Guardian from Moroto, Uganda. Before joining Daily Monitor in 2007, Steven has worked as a news editor for various radio stations in Uganda, including Voice of Teso 88.4FM, Busoga FM, Radio Empanga, Radio Lira FM and All Karamoja FM. He also worked as a reporter and a program officer at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) covering eastern Uganda. Steven is an award-winning journalist. While at the Daily Monitor, Steven has won several awards as the best print and photojournalist. In 2010, he won an award from UNFPA as best Daily Monitor journalists in Female Genital Cutting reporting. He holds a certificate in journalism from UMCAT School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Uganda.

  • Location: Moroto, Uganda
  • Web URL: Link


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