I got rejected 22 times before landing NTV job – Anita Nderu

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Anita Nderu

Rejection is part of what life has to offer. Few experience rejection at the peak of the career and took the advice of experts which has forced them to hang their boots but not for Anita Nderu, the newly appointed Capital FM presenter, she is determined and tenacious when it comes to chasing her dreams.

The media personality revealed that she went for 22 tirelessly auditions and got rejected before she finally landed her dream job at NTV as the host of ‘Teen Republik’.

“I went to Capital FM and NTV countless times and I used to speak bluntly to the receptionists for information on how I could get a job there,” she said.

After 22 auditions, she finally got her big break as Teen Republik was looking for a host

“When you watch people on TV you think it’s easy I can do that’ until you are opportune to speak in front of the camera. I am a fast talker and I have a fluent accent. I was told that I would not resonate with the audience. So I had to speak slower at the audition,” she said.

Lucky for her, it was the 23rd audition that landed the coveted job. Something which seemed very untrue to people back home as they didn’t believe that you can get a TV job without sacrificing something.

According to Anita, working with NTV was a dream for her as the company was very supportive and wanted the very best for their employees. “There are very little organizations that have a support system as NTV does. You can go to them with the craziest of all ideas and they will listen and inspire you. They support you like your backbone.”

The petite media personality has resigned at NTV after two and a half years to pursue her other dream, to work at Capital FM.

A move that some media personalities viewed as career suicide because she had left a prominent TV station for a niche radio station. But for Anita, the move was important as she was seeking for a new challenge. 

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“Let’s say I don’t regret the move. I am a go-getter. I like taking risks. People may not appreciate what you do sometimes, but the final decision should be from you. I like jumping into the deep end,” she concluded.

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