Former Citizen TV news presenter Kirigo Ngarua has for the first time opened up about her untimely exit since she was laid off by Royal Media Services one year ago.

Speaking to Pulse, Kirigo said the lay off came as a shock as she did not expect to be among those who were retrenched.

“My layoff came as a bit of a shock to me as I did not see myself leaving Citizen TV anytime soon. Well, I knew that some people would be laid off but I did not give it much thought as I was focused on making myself better in my job,” said Kirigo.

“What I actually dreaded came to be a reality. In that shock, I wasn’t sure how to react.  But there was no going back for me. I had to move forward.”

She explained further on social media, writing: “A lay off is never easy on throws you into some confused state..and for it to happen in public makes it slightly harder cause everyone wants to know what happened..of course you have many questions..why me..what did I do wrong??what will my family say??what will people think of me??but it is not the end of the world…in fact I believe it’s a stepping stone to bigger and greater things..It’s definitely a lot harder but you learn to take it a day at a time.”

“I have some of my relatives abroad and they invited me over to spend some time with them and I considered it a way for me to take my mind off things,” she said about her immediate departure from Kenya that came with a rumour.

During her trip, Kirigo happened to be on the same flight with a government official who was headed to the same destination.

“From that, people started spreading rumours that I was dating a ‘sponsor’ and that he was taking me on holiday. It’s funny how people love to draw conclusions about an issue even before getting their facts right,” said Kirigo.

She added that she decided to ignore the rumor until it died down.

Speaking about her experience at Royal Media Services, Kirigo said: “I started my journey as a radio host on Hot 96 after clearing campus before moving to Citizen TV.

“My journey at Royal Media Service was an exciting one. I learnt a lot in my eight years of experience in the media industry.

“The experience is good and you get to learn a lot. You always have to be yourself and not try to fit in and everything will flow smoothly. Despite working together, I learnt to accept and consider my workmates as my family who would and still come through in the good times as well as the bad times. That is actually what I miss the most about the Royal Media family.”

Terming the last year’s lay off as an eye opener, Kirigo says she learned to dedicate most of her time to herself as well as her friends who have been her support system all through.

“You need to have a solid crew as your support system and that proved to be true during that difficult time,” she says.

It was during these lone moments that she got the idea of starting her own show, ‘The Girlfriend’s Table’.

“Yes, my show is currently up and running and I have shot four episodes already. It is basically an online show that mostly targets women and women empowerment.

“I decided to do an online show as everything is moving digital and the reach is bigger and further.”