I Was Miserable for 4 Yrs Before Quitting Radio – Adelle Onyango
Renowned radio presenter Adelle Onyango narrated her last four years before quitting Kiss FM in 2019 after being in radio for 10 years.
According to the presenter, she did not feel fulfilled in her job and sought other alternatives but would postpone handing in her resignation letter.
“I was in radio for 10 years, I got in when I was 20 and left at 30 yrs. But it was not fulfilling or challenging. I was miserable in the last four years,” she lamented.
During an interview on the Social Newsroom on Tuesday, February 14, the celebrated presenter recalled her trip to South Africa that pushed her to finally file the letter.
Radio presenter Adelle Onyango posing for a photo at a past event
She traveled to South Africa where she met other renowned Kenyan journalists like Julie Gichuru and Citizen TV‘s Victoria Rubadiri at a concert Grammy Award winner Beyonce and Jay Z Carter performed.
“I asked myself, why am I so scared when radio was only a small part of my life,” Onyango posed.
“I told myself if I go back to the office and my bosses were all in the office I would hand in the letter. When I came back they were in and I was shocked since it was in December when media houses are like ghost towns,” she added.
During her narration, she recalled writing the resignation letter every year but failing to hand it in each year.
She noted that in the first year, she wanted to resign, but she was moved up to the breakfast show, this development saw her stay longer at Kiss FM.
“I wrote a resignation letter for the last four years of being in radio. In the letter, I would change the year ‘It has been nice working with you for the past seven years’ I kept changing the years,” she detailed.
However, after quitting, the presenter was bent on deviating from the media industry adding, “I did not even think I would go into podcasting, I was done with media. I wanted to go the NGO way.”
Interestingly, life had other plans for her. In 2020, she unveiled her podcast Legally Clueless which has attracted a huge audience over the years.
In the podcast, the United States International University journalism and psychology graduate focuses on the unique journeys of Africans. When starting, she was worried people would not open up.
“I was so worried, my friends and family used to ask why I quit my job to start a podcast. They even asked me what a podcast was about,” she stated.
In 2021, Onyango went viral for confronting France President Emmanuel Macron over colonisation and ‘democratic dictatorships’.
Before quitting, the 34-year-old had a decorated career that saw her being selected as one of 2017’s BBC100 Women and as one of OkayAfrica’s Top Women of 2018.
Radio Presenter Adelle Onyango (left) greets France President Emmanuel Macron (right) in 2021