KUDO formal launch would be done in a special event featuring Jeff Koinange, a
respectable media personality, with immense experience on issues that affect Kenyans
in the diaspora, having himself been part of the diaspora. Jeff Koinange will broadcast
the JKL show as part of the KUDO launch program. Join us as we launch KUDO in a
special JKL show. Other programs at the launch will include Kenya ID registration
conducted by the Kenya Embassy, entertainments and a sumptuous meal.
Jeff Koinange, is one of Africa’s most well-known and experienced television
journalists, is known to viewers across Africa from his days as CNN’s Senior Africa
Correspondent, a post he held for six turbulent years from 2001-7.
Jeff won plaudits for his reporting of major events from all across the African
continent. These include the violent civil war that led to the overthrow of Charles
Taylor in Liberia- where he secured an exclusive interview with the outgoing
president- to the subsequent inauguration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia as
Africa’s first female-elected president, and the arrest and deportation of Charles
He reported from Sudan on the crisis in Darfur and also from Uganda on the refugees
who had fled Sudan’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Based in Lagos, he covered Nigeria
extensively, its politics, its economy and its people and traveled extensively to
numerous other African countries reflecting life on the continent to CNN’s global
Although Jeff was CNN’s Africa Correspondent, his journalistic talents meant he
frequently reported from outside the continent. In 2005, he was part of CNN’s
Peabody Award winning team that covered the devastation wreaked on New Orleans
by Hurricane Katrina. He also reported from Baghdad on the post-war insurgency,
reconstruction and the historic elections in Iraq in 2005.
Other significant events Jeff covered during his time with CNN included the US
President, George W Bush’s Africa tour, the first by a sitting US Republican
In 2005 Jeff won a Television EMMY (the only Kenyan Journalist to have ever won
one) for coverage of the devastating famine in the West African nation of Niger. Other
awards included the George Foster PEABODY award for his coverage of the
devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, the Vernon Jarrett Bronze Medal in
both 2006 and 2007 for ‘Best Feature’ on ‘Mass Rapes in the Congo’ and ‘Famine in
In 2006, Jeff was awarded the Prix Bayeaux for War Correspondents for his reporting
on the civil war in the Congo.
He is currently the host of the twice weekly popular and controversial Talk Show, Jeff
Koinange LIVE #JKL broadcast on Kenya’s Television Network, KTN.
Jeff holds a Bachelors Degree from New York University (Class of ’91).