In his first-ever Facebook Live video on Monday, May 4, the seasoned anchor traded in his usual suits for a casual shirt while addressing his viewers.
The NTV anchor elucidated that the current restriction of movement had made him cut back on the unnecessary expenditure in his daily life.
Okari admitted that he had to put his foodie nature on hold, revealing that he had cut cost on eating out during this period.
He further noted that, he had more time to reflect and be grateful for the quality of life he was living. He noted that most people complained from a place of abundance rather than appreciating the little they had.
Okari’s sentiments come at a time when the world come to terms with the ‘new normal’ that is a world with Covid-19. Businesses grappling to stay afloat in the current state, have had to take extreme measures. In Kenya, for example, several media houses have taken to slashing the salaries of journalists.
In April, Nation Media group (NMG) announced salary cuts ranging from 5 to 35% for staff earning more than Ksh50,000.
Okari disclosed that working as a journalist, he had to sieve a lot of information about the current situation adding that there were more stories that weren’t aired.
This influx of information ‘infodemic’ had made him appreciate his time with family. After leaving the newsroom, he could get home and unplug. He noted that having a support system was crucial in this time.
“Connecting with family at an intimate level while celebrating those small achievements and having conversations with my wife with the TV off and reading the bible is really good for me,” he stated.
He urged people to find out how to adapt, survive and thrive in their careers noting that he’d had to unlearn and relearn crafts in journalism.
“Before, I used to prefer one-on-one interviews with a physical meeting and had set timelines for working but now we are conducting interviews on Zoom and Skype while at NTV we are working in shifts.
The award-winning journalist further revealed that the Covid-19 crisis had disrupted how he’d planned to release features.
“I’ve had to postpone four investigative stories- one I has set to release in March. Three of those stories have been rendered useless because of the current crisis,” he stated.
Okari has now joined a host of celebrities and media personalities in putting on content on social media via the Live video format. Others include K24 TV’s Betty Kyallo, a number of DJs holding live concerts.
He promised to conduct his sessions every weekday from 8pm.