• Julie Gichuru
    Afro-optimist * Wife * Mother * Child of God*
    *TV Host * Writer * Producer * Entrepreneur * Philanthropist

About Julie

Afro-optimist * Wife * Mother * Child of God
TV Host * Writer * Producer * Entrepreneur * Philanthropist


J ulie Gathoni Sumira Gichuru is a Kenyan Entrepreneur and Media Personality with investments in media, fashion retail and entertainment sectors. She is an Independent Director at Acumen Communication Limited and is a Fellow and trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA.


Julie’s career in the media spans over the past 19 years and has seen her work across the fields of broadcast, print and digital media. Julie has also pioneered an impressive number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story on Kenya Television Network to various current affairs shows at NTV (Kenya) including political and current affairs programs Showdown, On the Spot, You The Jury and The People’s Voice, the celebrated news program Sunday Live, peace and reconciliation program Fist to Five at Citizen TV and the celebrated post election peace special Voices of Reason. Through Arimus Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, the Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series such as Maisha, Glam Show, Trading Bell, The Code and Shinda Washinde.


J ulie is passionate about family, she is married to entrepreneur Anthony Gichuru. They have had 5 children. "Above all we have a responsibility to nurture and grow the younger generation and our primary role is vested in the family unit." Having had five children Julie is also passionate about maternal healthcare and is a former ambassador of the AMREF Stand Up for African Mothers campaign which seeks to train over 15,000 midwives across East Africa.
Julie has also been a UNICEF Ambassador for breast feeding.


  • One of our greatest responsibilities is to mentor and teach generations that follow us. ~ Julie Gichuru

Julie's Earlier Life

School and Work

J ulie started off her education at St Christophers School in Nairobi and at the age of eight attended the Green Herald in Bangladesh where her father was posted for military training. On returning to Kenya Julie spent a term at Karen C school based in Karen before transferring to Loreto Convent Msongari in Standard Four. In Form 2, Julie convinced her parents to transfer her from the local 8-4-4 system to a GCE boarding school and she joined Imani School in Thika for Form 3 and 4. She spent two Semesters at USIU before transferring to UK where she did a one year pre-University Course at Warwick University. Julie then accepted a place at the University of Wales, Cardiff for her Law Degree. Later, she worked for a year to help finance her Masters degree and completed her Masters in Business Administration at the same University. For a brief period Julie did her pupillage at Hamilton, Harrison & Matthews Advocates in Nairobi before pursuing a different career path in the media.

Awards and Fellowships

Julie has numerous awards and fellowships including the following:

Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness

She is the first African woman to receive the Martin Luther King Salute to Greatness for advocacy of non violence following the 2007 election in Kenya.

Africa Leadership Initiative

She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative.

Aspen Global Leadership Network

She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Young Global Leader

Julie was declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.

Order of the Golden Warrior

She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior for her contribution towards nation building by President Mwai Kibaki in 2011.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program

Julie is a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program otherwise known as Tutu's Children.

Top 20 Young Power Women in Africa

Julie has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 Power Women in Africa.

60 Most Influential African Women in the World

Recently Julie was recognized in the WIE list of 60 most influential African women in the world.

Julie's Initiatives

Here are some of Julie's initiatives;
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Arimus Media is an interactive production group consisting of creatives, developers, digital producers, film producers, directors and crew. They create unique productions of full-fledged features, documentaries, commercials, community service responsibility (CSR) coverage, events, music, series and corporate video profiles for various companies and organizations.

Website: www.arimusmedia.co.ke

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The Great Debaters Contest (GDC) is an initiative of Jamhuri Peace Foundation and the Footprints Africa Foundation that focuses on providing a platform for young people to actively question, deliberate, share information, lobby and contribute in making Africa a better continent to live in. GDC is currently working with over 700 secondary schools in Kenya. The project mainly targets high school students, age 14-18 years.

Website: www.greatdebaterscontest.com

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Connect with Julie

Connect with Julie on Social Media. These are the official social media accounts.

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