Renown media personality Njeri Makena has come out as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, using an international platform to break the news.
Makena made the revelations in a video posted on TedX on behalf of TedX Parklands, sharing that it had taken years for her to accept and admit the fact to herself before coming out publicly.
“I remember for the first time in my life after very many years, I looked at the mirror and said to myself ‘I am gay, I am unique and this is my truth’,” she said.
The former BBC journalist also referenced the first day when rumours about her sexual orientation made headlines after an altercation in which a lady vandalized her Mercedes Benz alleging that she had cheated on her.
“I remember that cold morning of July 2019 when I woke up and looked at my phone. I had over 1,000 messages and over 500 missed calls. My blood went cold. I knew something was wrong,” she recounted.
She stated that fearing that they would be judged, family and friends who already knew about her orientation deserted her.
The next three months would see her battling depression with few people to turn to.
The former Tahidi High star added that as a gay woman living in Kenya, she has received a lot of hateful comments online because of the choice to be bold and outspoken about her identity.
“I believe that gender identity is one’s personal experience and perception of self,” she explained.
The accomplished media personality and thespian has channelled her enrgy in building her organization Bold Network Africa where she is the CEO and founder after leaving BBC.
She believes that by educating the society in Africa through storytelling, she can help to eradicate hate towards members of the LGBTQI+ community in Africa.