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I’m Leaving Radio In 2022- Maina Kageni

Classic 105 FM presenter Maina Kageni has announced that he will retire from his lucrative job in 2022, having dominated the airwaves for many years.

He revealed during his breakfast show on Thursday, December 9 that he will hang his radio shoes to focus on steering operations of his private business.

Revealing to his co-host Mwalimu King’ang’i, who also serves as comedian Churchill (Daniel Ndambuki) and they host the popular show Maina and King’ang’i, he unveiled plans to relocate to the United States (US) to start a club in the popular city of Miami, Florida.

Classic 105 presenter Maina Kageni. /FILE

“Come next year I am done. I will be retiring from this radio job, I plan on running a club in Miami,” he declared.

When questioned by King’ang’i where he will be staying, Kageni disclosed that he had already purchased a house there, thus settling in would be much easier.

“I will be living in my condor. I bought it Kitambo. I thought we talked about this…,” he replied.

Kageni has been ruling the airwaves for many years, with his voice the main point of attraction to his millions of listeners countrywide who tune in to his conversations every morning.

He has been covering some of the most popular topics in Kenya; from relationships to current affairs and has won the hearts of many Kenyan women.

So precious are his vocals that on Friday, June 11, he revealed that he had insured his voice for Ksh100 million, catching King’ang’i by surprise after he joked about Kageni’s career coming to an end in the event he lost his voice.

“You haven’t insured yours? Mine is insured for Ksh100 million,” Kageni said while laughing at King’ang’is jokes on the show.

The media personality, whom many have come to love and admire, has on previous interviews disclosed that he landed his first radio job by luck.

In 1996, he had returned to Kenya from the UK when he approached Capital FM looking to advertise a product. On reaching the station, he was asked for Ksh40,000 for the voice over and since he did not have the money, he said he would do it. 

The bosses at Capital FM loved his voice and that ignited his radio career. A few months into working at Capital, he was recruited by Nation and later by Radio Africa where his salary witnessed a rise by three times.

Two weeks ago Kageni addressed rumours that he might be eyeing a political seat. He, however, announced that he has absolutely no interest in joining politics, adding that one needs to be a political party subject to survive in the Kenyan political scene.

However it is not the same case with many radio presenters who announced they would quit their roles to focus on political seats in 2022, the latest being comedian Felix Odiwour, alias Jalang’o who hosts the Kiss 100 breakfast show and Alex Mwakideu of Milele FM.

Maina Kageni having lunch with Mwalimu King’ang’i. /FILE

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