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Rita Tinina: Celebrated TV Journalist Dies


Celebrated Kenyan TV journalist Rita Tinina is dead.

Tinina, who re-joined NTV from KTN in October 2023, was found dead in her apartment in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa on Sunday afternoon.

Reports say Rita Tinina was set to be at work but did not show up. She also could not be reached on the phone.

This prompted a search for her whereabouts, leading to the discovery of her body in the house.

It is not yet clear what caused her death.

Her employer, NTV, has since announced her death, adding that the deceased’s family had requested privacy.

“Celebrated NTV journalist Rita Tinina dies at her Nairobi home; family requests privacy during difficult moments,” said NTV on X.

Kenyans online, including her current and former colleagues and leaders from across the political divide, have mourned Rita Tinina, describing her as a great journalist.

Here are some of the messages:

Linda Oguttu: I am who I am because I stood on her shoulders while at NTV. My T9. Go well, my darling. Rita Tinina, the hand that held mine and never let go. I am broken….Rest mami.

Munira Muhammad: “Gentleness and grace defined Rita Tinina—a cherished presence in our KTN newsroom. She carried herself with such poise, never seeking drama but always spreading positivity. Rest easy, Rita.”

Gladys Wanga, EGH: Really sad news on Rita Tinina’s passing. My deepest condolences to her family. Rest well Rita.

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Dennis Itumbi: Safiri salama Rita Tinina. In journalism, you remain a great journalist. Despite representing major stations while I worked for smaller media houses, your humility stood out as we covered events together.

I remember how you pushed me to apply for a role at Voice of America. You were a super storyteller, and that made you stand out as a great journalist. Your stories will never fade. They are only a YouTube away. Journalists never die, they merely sign off. Rita Tinina. Salute!

Until her demise, Rita was the Output Producer, Broadcast Platforms at NTV.

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