Revered Citizen TV presenter Victoria Rubadiri is a force to reckon with.
The multitalented journalist is one of the most respected female public figures around thanks to her clean image.
She is among the many who support women’s empowerment.
Well, below are things you didn’t know about Victoria, go through;
- Mother of one
She is the mother of a teenage daughter Neema.
- Gave birth when she was 18 years old.
Speaking in a previous interview on being a single mother, she said,
I HAD TO LET GO OF THAT TAG OF A TYPICAL SINGLE MOM AND LETTING GO OF THAT STEREOTYPE NOT FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND SOCIETY BUT JUST FOR ME. NEVER EVER DID I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO GROW UP HAVING THAT SAME RESIDUE OF MY ‘MISTAKE ‘TO BE PUT UPON HER. AND FOR HER TO FEEL THAT I AM LESS THAN OR SECOND CLASS CITIZEN BECAUSE I COME FROM THIS HOME OR MY MOTHER IS THIS
- She is Kenyan
The multitalented journalist was born in Kenya.
In a past interview on Hot 96 FM, she said,
‘YES, I AM KENYAN, I WAS BORN HERE IN NAIROBI, SPENT TEN YEARS OF MY LIFE HERE, AND THEN WE WENT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Explaining the origin of her name, she said,
‘SOME PEOPLE THINK MY NAME IS FROM UGANDA, SOME PEOPLE THINK IT IS FROM RWANDA BUT IT IS ACTUALLY FROM MALAWI.’
4. Born of Malawian parents
Her father reverend Kwame Rubadiri is a popular pastor at CITAM
5. Worked at NTV before joining Citizen
6. Schooled in Kenya and the USA
‘I DID PART OF PRIMARY IN THE US, HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY,’ SHE SAID IN A PAST INTERVIEW.
Rubadiri recently narrated how she struggled to fit in given her ‘funny’ accent and name after moving to the US at the age of 10.
‘I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO FIT IN. I’LL ADMIT IT’S BEEN A WEAKNESS OF MINE. I GUESS IT STEMMED FROM THAT INSECURE 10-YEAR-OLD KENYAN GIRL TRYING TO FIND A PLACE IN THIS ‘NEW WORLD,’ CALLED AMERICA. MY ‘FUNNY ACCENT,’ AND ‘FUNNY NAME,’ WOULD ENSURE MY SQUARE PEG WOULD NEVER FIT IN THEIR ROUND HOLES,’ SHE WROTE ON INSTAGRAM.
‘A DECADE AGO WHEN I RETURNED TO KENYA, AFTER 14 YEARS IN THE US, I WAS MET WITH THE SAME DILEMMA THIS TIME TRYING TO FIT INTO A CULTURE THAT WAS MY OWN BUT WAS SO FOREIGN. AGAIN MY ‘FUNNY ACCENT,’ 😜AND ‘FUNNY NAME,’ (RUBADIRI IS MALAWIAN🇲🇼) MADE SURE OF THAT. I REALISED THE HARDER I TRIED TO FIT IN, THE LOUDER MY DIFFERENCE WOULD SCREAM.’
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7. Her grandfather was popular
Her grandfather was Professor David Rubadiri, the former University of Malawi Vice-Chancellor. He passed away in 2018.
8. She won the 2020 BBC World News Komla Dumor award
Speaking after winning the award, the excited presenter took social media to thank the giant world media and she wrote,
IT’S AN ABSOLUTE HONOUR TO PLAY A SMALL ROLE IN ELEVATING THE MEMORY OF THE INDOMITABLE KOMLA DUMOR. THANK YOU TO @BBCWORLD FOR THE INCREDIBLE RECOGNITION. HERE’S TO AFRICAN JOURNALISM AND TELLING OUR AUTHENTIC STORIES. THE JOURNEY IS ONLY BEGINNING.
9. She’s very eloquent and has great interviewing and presentation skills
10. She’s beautiful
11. She lives a private life from the public eye
12. She is one of the most respected female media personalities around and a role model to many
14. She’s single