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Janet Mbugua

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Janet Mbugua
Mbugua in 2020
Born (1984-01-11) January 11, 1984 (age 40)
Mombasa, Kenya
Alma materUnited States International University
  • Media personality
  • philanthropist
  • actress
Years active2004–2017
SpouseEdward Ndichu

Janet Mbugua – Ndichu (born 11 January 1984) is a Kenyan media personality, anchor, and actress. As a news anchor, she is known to have served in KTN in her earlier year of her career. She worked for Citizen TV[1] for several years, before announcing her retirement from the media industry. She was a leading anchor at Citizen prime time news, alongside Hussein Mohammed. She takes a new role at Kenya Red Cross Humanitarian Society. Janet is interested in film and arts. As an actress she played the lead in the television series Rush.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Janet was born on January 11, 1984, and raised in Mombasa, Kenya. She has a twin brother Timothy Mbugua.[4]

Janet went to Brookhouse High School and thereafter joined the United States International University (USIU).[5][6]

After working for sometime, she joined the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia for her degree in Mass communication.

She did her MBA in Global Business Management at the Swiss Management Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.


In 2004, at the age of 19, Mbugua started off her career at 98.4 Capital FM.[7] In 2009, she was hired as a news anchor, reporter, and producer of Pan-African current affairs show, Africa 360,[8] by e.tv in Johannesburg, South Africa. She was until recently a news anchor at Citizen TV hosting Monday Special and The Big Question.[9]

In 2014, she starred in a sitcom, Rush.[10] She was cast in the lead role as Pendo Adama,[11] the owner and editor-in-chief of Rush Magazine.[12]

In July 2017, she began consulting for The Hive, a US Based Organization seeking to amplify Gender Equality messaging in Kenya and other African countries.[13] In 2019, she curated and hosted a TV Show dubbed Here And Now on NTV, which focused on socio-economic and political issues affecting young people.[14] https://inuadadafoundation.org/team/our-founder/[15]

Humanitarian works[edit]

She is the founder and director of Media Avenue Limited, where persons are provided with services such as public speaking, moderating, and Emceeing. She has also reinforced the empowerment of young females with the Inua Dada campaign[16] that is endorsed by Kenya's first lady, Margaret Kenyatta.[17] On 8 October 2021, she launched The Inua Dada Centre at Korogocho[18] slum in Nairobi. The centre is a space that provides access to information and awareness on reproductive health and rights.

Personal life[edit]

Janet Mbugua is married to Edward Ndichu.[19] Together they have two sons, Ethan Huru Ndichu born in October 2015 and Mali Ndichu.[20][21] In 2019, Janet released her first book, ‘My First Time’, a collection of short stories from women, girls and men on their first interaction with menstruation.[22][23]


  • Rush – Pendo Adama


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  3. ^ Muchene, Shirley Genga And Esther. "Kenya's rich showbiz ladies". Standard Entertainment. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  4. ^ "Introducing Janet Mbugua's Twin Brother". Okoa News. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. ^ whownskenya (2021-05-24). "Janet Mbugua Biography, Age, Education, Family, Career And Projects". whownskenya. Retrieved 2022-04-30.
  6. ^ "WHY JANET MBUGUA RETIRED FROM THE MEDIA INDUSTRY". Women. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2022-04-30.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "I'm Janet Mbugua". Standard Media. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Africa 360". Africa ASA. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ Mogoa, Elainer (20 October 2015). "Citizen TV's Janet Mbugua pranks co-host Hussein Mohammed". Citizen TV. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  10. ^ "JANET MBUGUA UNLEASHED". Spielswork Media. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Watch Citizen TV's Janet Mbugua Kick Start Her Acting Career". Nairobi Wire. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Women celebrate Kenya's first woman marine pilot on Day of the Seafarer". The Star. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  14. ^ "Janet Mbugua returns on screen, brings brother along to talk about depression – VIDEO". Nairobi News. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  15. ^ Anyango, Diana. "Janet Mbugua makes TV comeback with brand new show". Standard Digital News. Archived from the original on 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  16. ^ Maina, Ndegwa (16 August 2014). "Joey Muthengi Joins Janet Mbugua for Inua Dada". Nairobi Wire. Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Inua Dada Campaign". Za Kenya. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  18. ^ "JANET MBUGUA LAUNCHES INUA DADA CENTRE IN KOROGOCHO – Buzz Central". 8 October 2021. Retrieved 2022-04-30.
  19. ^ "KENYA: Wedding Pictures of Citizen's TV Janet Mbugua and husband Eddie Ndichu **Glamorous**". Africa Gossip News. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  20. ^ Kamau, Lisa (26 October 2016). "It's a baby boy for Citizen TV's Janet Mbugua – Ndichu". Citizen TV. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Citizen TV's anchor Janet Mbugua gives birth to bouncing baby boy". SDE. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  22. ^ "Janet Mbugua adds 'Author' to her Title as she Launches 'My First Time' Book". Archived from the original on 2019-10-29. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  23. ^ "#WCW: Janet Mbugua, breaking barriers for women - Evewoman". www.standardmedia.co.ke. Retrieved 2020-05-03.