Robin Njogu: The Media Boss Who Inspired Many Journalists

He was a dominant figure offline and online, with his timely updates on matters across the nation. Offline, he became a household name amongst Kenyan lips, but due to his second home in radio, his face was almost a rarity to the public.

Robin Njogu: The Media Boss Who Inspired Many Journalists

The death of Royal Media Sevices' (RMS) Radio Citizen Managing Editor Robin Njogu was one that rocked the media fraternity to its very core, as well as the whole country.

He was a dominant figure offline and online, with his timely updates on matters across the nation. Offline, he became a household name amongst Kenyan lips, but due to his second home in radio, his face was almost a rarity to the public.

Following his passing, several journalists came out to eulogize the great figure who mentored many, young and old in a world slowly transitioning to digital media. Njogu was the head of news across all 14 RMS stations.

RMS Group MD Wachira Waruru, in a statement, termed his death as a big loss to the media industry. Njogu, as Waruru continued, led a group of journalists who transformed the manner in which news would be delivered over the air as well as expanded its content well beyond the reaches of traditional news bulletins and entertainment.

“At the weekly editorial meeting which I chair, Robin's well-thought-out perspectives always enriched our news agenda. He was a team player who never tired to reach across departments to meet the company's goals.

“His legacy and contribution to the media industry, and radio journalism, in particular, will continue to impact many generations after him,” Waruru noted.

Njogu was an avid golfer who worked at Capital FM as a reporter and a news editor prior to moving to Nation Media Group as head of radio, then to RMS. He was at one point a member of the State House press corps. 

Citizen TV senior reporter Francis Gachuri, a close friend of Njogu, eulogized him as one he would go to for advice.

"I called him Robizoooo is the real deal! That guy! He knew things, people, and places. The go-to person. Extremely clever. Solidly informed. The devastating effects of his demise are unbelievable and impossible to explain." Gachuri wrote on Twitter.

Trevor Ombija indicated on his part that the late Njogu gave him his first job on radio despite having no experience.

Contributing reporters to the media house held Njogu in high regard as a person who understood and brought them up in a strict fashion. They added to Viral Tea that he was one who fought for correspondents at RMS and that he was always ready to lend a listening ear and words of counsel when required.

"I walked into a newsroom for the first time, a tall and jovial gentleman walked to me, handed me a recorder, assigned me to cover a press conference, and told me "You will do well in this business young man if you keep your smile and energy" added Nation Media Group podcast editor James Smart on Twitter.

President Uhuru Kenyatta remembered Njogu as an innovative, resourceful, and open-minded journalist whose contribution as a past member of State House press corp and towards the Fourth Esate will be cherished forever.

“Robin was an excellent journalist who mentored many young people in the Fourth Estate. We will forever cherish his skills and expertise in mass media, especially in radio where he has left a huge mark of excellence,” the President said.