In a newspaper feature by People, Njoka reveals that he works part time as a morgue attendant. When he appears on TV reading the news or hosting Talk Central in bespoke suits, no one can imaging that he works with the dead.
Njoka disclosed that he took over the family business, Mukoe Funeral Home in Githunguri, Kiambu County, after his father died.
The news anchor further reveals that his father was a nominated Member of Parliament, who objected to his aspirations of becoming a journalist and therefore gave him a job at the morgue.
“In 2003, he offered me Sh2,000 a month to work in the morgue. I was to diligently watch how the attendants prepared the bodies, concentrating as much as I could because I would step in to assist as an extra hand,” he narrates.
It was not always smooth, and Njoka says that initially, gathering courage to enter the morgue on any given morning was a one hour activity.
“Seeing the shape in which some of the bodies were in gave me nightmares and left me distraught. But I eventually overcame it. At the end of the day, I had to be at my ‘A’ game and not show the bereaved that I was disgusted or scared of treating their fallen loved ones,” he added.
Njoka is now the morgue manager and says that he is loving his job every day.
“Yes I have another career, but I also like being a mortician because I am doing something extraordinary. Not everyone can do it,” the journalist is quoted by the People Daily.
He says that people don’t believe him when he tells them.
“Whenever I’m off or during weekends, I go home to help out. Many people don’t believe it,” says Njoka.