BBC presenter, Anne Ngugi has penned down an encouraging message to the now former Mediamax employees that lost their jobs in the mass firing.
She also recounts how and when she was laid off at the very firm.
“TO MY COLLEAGUES AT MEDIAMAX WHO HAVE TASTED REJECTION AT A TIME THE WORLD IS FIGHTING A PANDEMIC AND A COMPANY I BELIEVE YOU ALL LOVED TO WORK HAS JUST SAID ADIEUS ! I FEEL COMPELLED TO ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY AS SOMEONE WHO WENT THROUGH WHERE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW !I KNOW THE FEELING OF RECEIVING THE NEWS THAT YOU ARE NO LONGER NEEDED!” she wrote on a social media post.
Thinking that she was such a great value to the firm and could not be fired, the news came as a shock to her. She felt rejected and became depressed.
“I CAN ALMOST SMELL THE MORNING OF 2014 END JULY, WHEN AROUND 73 OF US WERE HURLED IN TO ONE OF THE TOP HOTELS IN NAIROBI AND PIECES OF PAPERS WHICH SHOUTED REDUNDANCY WERE THROWN AT US!” she narrated.
She was five months pregnant at the time and never saw “it’ coming.
“MIND YOU I WAS 5MONTHS PREGNANT WITH TWINS ! AND HERE I WAS REJECTED ! I USED TO THINK AM INDISPENSABLE UNTIL THAT DAY!”
She recalls losing her self esteem as well as her friends.
Anne further reveals that the story of the laid off employees will change in due time. It doesn’t matter how long that could take as circumstances for everyone are different.
If she came out of the dark moments, the media personality believes anyone can.
“IF I’M THE ONE TODAY WHO IS WORKING AGAIN AFTER MY NAME WAS TARNISHED AND WAS I THE TALK OF TOWN FOR A WHILE THEN MY STORY WILL BE YOUR STORY SOME DAYS TO COME ! TO SOME IT WILL TAKE MONTHS OTHERS YEARS ! NO MATTER WHAT DIRECTION YOU PLAN TO TAKE.” The message reads in part.
She urged the affected individuals to remain hopeful through this time of hardship and despair as greatness lies ahead.
“AM A PHONE CALL AWAY INCASE YOU NEED A VOICE OF ENCOURAGEMENT” she concluded.
Among those who have lost their jobs at the station are Eric Njoka, Betty Kyallo and now Jalang’o.