Media personality Lynn Ngugi had her Christmas gift presented to her ahead of the festive period in form of recognition amongst the 100 most inspiring and influential women around the world by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for 2021.
The former producer and host for Tuko Talks, which is a subsidiary of the online news website TUKO, took to social media to celebrate the honour of being named amongst the world’s most recognised figures.
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She added that Tuesday, December 7 is a day she will never forget as she was feted alongside personalities she looked up to. In addition, she responded to a query regarding the nature of her role as a human interest journalist who has since propelled her YouTube channel to great heights.
“Not sure I will ever get over this day. A few days ago, someone asked me why I love doing what I do, and I proudly replied, “because my work offers me the ability to tell our own stories in an authentic manner and with no shame.
“Today was amazing (still) I hope we can all be inspired, reset our minds and help reinvent the society together. Also, seeing myself next to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was in itself a dream come true. Thank you so much, God and the entire team at BBC for this. Together, we will change the world,” she shared.
Ngugi added that the milestone came to her in an unexpected fashion and went on to thank everyone who has been cheering her on as she progresses in her career.
“I am not even going to lie right now, I never thought I would be in this category. How? I mean, who would have thought I would one day be acknowledged among other 99 influential women globally?
“To God be the glory Thank you, @bbcworldservice team, for this,” she shared on social media.
She was featured alongside other personalities such as Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Samoa’s first female prime minister Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa, Professor Heidi J Larson, who heads The Vaccine Confidence Project, and acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Another Kenyan who was featured alongside Ngugi is Halima Aden, a Somali by descent but was born in a refugee camp in Kenya. The humanitarian is the first hijab-wearing supermodel and in 2017, she signed to one of the world’s biggest modelling agencies, IMG Models, adding a clause to her contract that she would not be asked to take off her hijab when modelling.
She was the first model to wear a hijab on the cover of British Vogue, Allure and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. Aden campaigns to improve awareness and visibility for Muslim women and was a Unicef ambassador for children’s rights.
Ngugi announced her exit from TUKO on Friday, August 20 on friendly terms.
“Thank you so much and also to all other people in and outside Tuko who were also very helpful towards the journey. Mine is never to burn bridges of course, but it’s also important for you to know that when you are having a purposeful life.
“It’s important to know where your journey ends and where another one begins,” the presenter said.
She added that she left the website to focus on growing her YouTube channel, which as at the time of publishing this article, has over 244,000 subscribers.