Former K24 news presenter Karen Karimi quit her job for love.
Slightly over two years ago, the screen siren who was nicknamed ‘Muthungu’ was the newest face on Kenyan television. Paired alongside Eric Njoka, the tv couple was enlisted by K24 in a bid to present the station as a serious channel for news broadcast.
After three years of holding down the spot, and with a wedding coming up following her engagement in October 2016, Karen quit her lucrative tv job.
The German/Kenyan media personality, who is now a wildlife blogger and reporter, has finally revealed she quit for her husband to be.
She was responding to the trending social media ‘Love Chain’ challenge, a charitable initiative by the House of Dior that requires participants to say what they would do for love.
For each #diorlovechain post, the iconic fashion house pledged to donate $1 to the WE Charity (formerly known as Free the Children). Specifically, the donations will benefit the WE Schools program, a charity backed by actress Natalie Portman, which helps educate young girls in Kenya.
Taking to her Instagram account, Karen wrote: “Some people quit their jobs in order to raise children, start a family…Some people leave because their Man is willing to take on all financial responsibility… Either way, quitting a job is a Major move.
“I had to make sure it’s the right decision. I love my husband to be, but I don’t want to end up regretting losing my career. That is what I have done for love.”
In the comments section, as her followers lauded her bold and selfless move, Karen added: “I Literally Shed A Tear Writing This.”
I accept the challenge my Dear friend @silvianjoki 🖤 … ‘What would I do for Love? #dior asks #diorlovechain @dior @diorparfums @wemovement . . . . Some people quit their jobs in order to raise children, start a family…Some people leave because their Man is willing to take on all financial responsibility… Either way, quitting a job is a Major move. I had to make sure it’s the right decision. I love my husband to be, but I don’t want to end up regretting losing my career. That is what I have done for love 🖤 . . . . Following the initiative of Natalie Portman and the House of Dior, for every #diorlovechain post, 1 dollar will be donated to WE MOVEMENT. This Canadian Org. Is a global network which support education, healthcare and clean water initiatives in developing countries including Africa with the aim to help break the cycle of poverty and child exploitation . . . . . I Nominate you all to continue the chain
Karimi is set to relocate to Qatar where her fiance works as a pilot.
They had planned to get hitched before August 2017 but the plans have since changed.
“Harusi tunayo (Wedding plan is in on course). I am happy and nervous at the same time. My fiancé and I decided to push the wedding till after the August 8 general election, (when the political temperature would have come down). I am still deliberating which month to hold the wedding. I am mostly in the Middle East and Kenya; back to back,” said Karimi in May.