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Carol Radull Biography, Career, Husband, Interview, Facts, Age

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Carol Radull

Carol Radull is a radio and TV sportswoman. She has taken the male commanded industry with a storm, drawing in a crowd of both sexual orientations focusing on her games examination aptitudes. She was destined to Mr. Alex Radull and Mrs. Patricia Radull from Bondo in Siaya County. They were four kin in their family, two young men, and two young ladies. Tragically the two young men, Joseph and George died. Carol and Florance were the main kids left. Her dad was an engineer who worked in various nations including Angola and Botswana.

Carol Radull is the Head of Bamba Sport, Radio Africa Group Ltd.

A well-known sports commentator, Carol has been at the helm since 2000.

Head of News at Kiss FM for 14 years and was the East Africa Producer for the BBC World Service between July 1997 – April 1999.

Carol Radull was also the producer for Reuters Television.

Interview

You are very versatile when it comes to sports. Is it an inborn thing? 

I grew up in Botswana where my father was a mining engineer. The company he worked for provided us with all kinds of sports facilities. Our parents were very active in sports and so I guess the apple did not fall far from the tree. I participated in all sports and am familiar with the rules, which makes it easy for me to watch and talk about them in my show.

You have worked with different media houses.  How has it been?

After finishing the campus, I joined the theatre. I would do voice-overs for KBC’s theatre programs and later, I rose to be an anchor. I was trained by Raphael Tuju alongside the late Anne Ofula and Yusuf Ali (Citizen TV).  I then got the opportunity to move to the Mohammed Amin Foundation for the ‘Africa Journal.’

 How was it like working with one of the world’s greatest photojournalists?

Mohammed was very passionate about Africans telling African stories. He gave me all the confidence and support I needed. Even though it is a mzungu who ran the show in the background, the story was still told by Africans, me, to be precise! By the time I moved to Reuters, I had all the experience. This is the same drive I had even on the BBC, well before I lost my job.

What happened at the BBC?

Let’s just say that we parted ways amicably. It hit me that I had been taking all the opportunities that God gave me for granted. I think I always imagined that it was my right to have a great job.

 Where exactly did you go wrong?

I started earning good money when I was very young. Despite earning a six-figure salary, I was not saving. I would walk into a bar with almost 20 friends and shout ‘peweni!’ My account was always at zero every end of the month.

 You did not have any money in your account?

I had a savings account that had Sh4,000 by the time I lost my job. I was a spendthrift. If you ask me what I did with the money, I wouldn’t know because I did not save.

How did you manage to pay rent and other bills?

My sister paid for my rent for six months. Luckily, Nick Hughes (Vivid Features director) called me for a job in Rwanda where he was shooting a story about the Rwandan Genocide. Nick paid my rent for another six months. I later got a job at Citizen TV for a short time. It was shut down by the government as soon as I started getting comfortable. I was jobless after three months. I felt like I was running out of luck.

This was the second time you were losing a job. How did you manage to survive?
I became a hustler. I would organize shoots for Swedish and Norwegian news agencies. I would make a little money to survive till the next gig. This allowed me to reflect and think about my life. It also taught me to be more responsible.

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 How did you bounce back?

I had just come back from Kisumu in 2000 for a shoot when I got a message on my voice mail. It was from John Wilkins. He was coming up with a new radio station and was recruiting newsreaders. I went for an interview on a Friday and reported to work the following Monday.

From a news presenter to a sports show on Kiss 100…

Initially, it was supposed to be hosted by Maina Kageni and Jimmy Gathu. However, Maina got busy on the first day and Jimmy had to do it alone. Unfortunately, he was not quite familiar with football and so, Caroline Mutoko recommended that I sit in for Maina. The show has played a part in transforming the Kenyan Premier League.

 How did it transform football?

One day, I got curious about the Kenyan Premier League and decided to go to the stadium with a couple of friends. Among those friends was my husband who happens to know more about local football than I do. Soon, it became a cool thing to attend football matches.

What have you learned from all these experiences?

To be grateful for everything I have. I don’t take anything for granted.

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Carol Radull

Carol Radull

Facts about Carol Radull

10. She lived in Botswana for a long while she was a child. She returned to Kenya when she was 13. She then started learning Kiswahili.

9. She got married in 2009 to Mike Njiru from Embu but got divorced.

8. She drove a gray Volkswagen. She claimed it was fixed by her husband for Kenyan roads.

7. She has a vast experience in media. She has worked for different radio and television stations. Radio Jambo, Kiss 100, Classic 105 and Supersport East Africa.

6. Her wedding was on the beach. A wedding that was attended by different Kenyan personalities, took place at Diani Beach Resort in Mombasa.

 

5. She lost her father to cancer in 2013. She then started campaigning against cancer. One of her brothers also passed away due to cancer.

4. In September 2015 she was recognized by The Kenya Heart National Foundation as a heart awareness campaigner.

3. The gospel artist Rington confessed that he had not married because Carol, the woman he admired in his life had been married. Radul did not take it lightly and demanded Rington to apologize to her husband.

2. She is niece to the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

1. She is a staunch supporter of Arsenal Football Club.

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