Anita Nderu (Anita Njeri Nderu) was born February, 1990 in Eldoret. She is a radio presenter at Capital FM and a voice over artist.
Student at United States International University (USIU).
Student at Viena College in Namgongo,Uganda.
Anita Nderu Career
The only other time I had been to Capital FM was 3 years before the audition when I was the Personal assistant of an event organizer. My job involved among other things delivering invitation cards to select Capital FM staff. I always wanted that moment to last longer than me being stopped at the security desk, asked to hand in the envelopes then directed back to the elevators.
I remember the deep desire I had to be given a chance by someone, anyone! To stand in front of the microphone and prove I had what it takes.
Well, that chance was granted one sunny Saturday morning in March. Knowing that this could be my one and only chance to work for the company I had dreamt of working for since I can remember, didn’t help with the nerves even though I had been in front of the camera as a host of Teen Republic on NTV for around 2 and a half years.
There is something majestic about the huge 98.4 Capital FM sign at our reception, it has this “you have arrived” kind of presence. As I waited at the reception with many other women going through our scripts I was intimidated by how well they seemed to know some of the staff or about how news anchoring works and many a time I questioned if I was worthy for this role.
This happens a lot when you go for auditions; there is always someone who looks better than you, someone who drops lines like “They have called me back several times so this is like a finalizing audition” or someone who name drops members of the organization and how close they are so this will be a walk in the park, others will flaunt their experience in the field and there you are, a total rookie, you know no one, are related to no one, have no experience, all you carried with you is hope, a prayer and a dream.
I went with my passion for radio and my dream to one day be a part of Capital FM.
The first year was tough as nails, there was so much to learn, the listeners were used to a certain quality of news reading and I just wasn’t reaching it no matter how hard I tried, I was bullied online, constantly taken off air to practice reporting, I was constantly criticized, some constructively, others were downright mean but I never dropped the mic and walked off. I would just cry in the bathroom, compose myself then get back to work.
It didn’t help that during all this there was always a new face coming to studio to audition for the same role I play. I dreaded emails from my boss saying they want to meet me because I was afraid that was the “we need to let you go” meeting.
But I never said die! I had to prove to myself and to the men and women who saw something in me and gave me this position that I could be great at this! That I could do this despite the rough start!
I am still work in progress but I did it, I am way better than I was before!