Image of Rita Tinina, a respected NTV journalist, smiling confidently. She is remembered fondly by her colleagues and the Kenyan journalism community for her exceptional reporting prowess and dedication to her craft.

Rita Tinina

Shortly after Kenyans got the heartbreaking news of the death of NTV journalist Rita Tinina, journalists took to social media to pour out their tributes to the veteran journalist.

 Rita Tinina’s lifeless body was discovered at her home in Kileleshwa on Sunday afternoon. Rita died in a suspected epileptic attack but the cause of her demise is still being investigated. 

According to a police report filed at the Kileleshwa Police Station, Tinina’s sister found the mother of one unconscious in her bedroom. The police said, 

” On arrival at the scene the sister called in the assistance of emergency medical services whereby the paramedics confirmed that the body was already lifeless,”

The award-winning journalist was renowned for her exceptional reporting prowess, earning widespread admiration and recognition from different people across the industry.

Prominent media personality Lindah Oguttu penned a poignant message remembering the vital role Tinina played in her years in the media. She wrote, 

“I am who I am because I stood on her shoulders while at NTV. My T9. Go well my darling. Rita Tinina, the hand that held mine and never let go. I am broken….Rest mami,”

Former Nairobian Newspaper columnist and renowned author Silas Nyanchwani condoled, 

” One of the finest in the game. One of the best to hold that microphone and report. Professional and seasoned.Sad to lose her. Rest in Peace Rita Tinina.” 

NTV Swahili news anchor Fridah Mwaka recounted the last moments she shared with Rita Tinina at work a day before her demise. “Sad … I can’t imagine last Sunday was my last time seeing you. We spent the better part of the day in the newsroom just the two of us! You later joined me in the edit suite…” interrupted my editing session”…joined you in analyzing the feature you were assigned….we laughed. Jamani #Rita lala pema mama hili ni pigo.”

Well-known radio host Joseph Ogidi Oyoo popularly known as Gidi recalled playing board games with her and spending time with her every weekend. He wrote, 

“I used to call her by her other name Sanapei. She was the queen of board games, from Monopoly to Scrabble and the hourglass which she introduced us to. Those were the memorable days of fun and laughter almost every weekend with the NTV crew. May your soul rest in peace, Rita. Rest well Sanapei,” 

KTN News journalist Zubeida Kananu Koome remembered her for her kindness and passion for her work. She wrote,

” Deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Rita. She was more than a colleague; she was a dear companion on many assignments, in and out of the country. These photos were taken on our last assignment in Eldoret, capturing moments we’ll always cherish. Her kindness and passion for her work touched us all. Rest in peace, Aunt Rita. My thoughts are with your loved ones during this difficult time. ” 

Rita Tinina pursued and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from the University of Nairobi. She has more than a decade of experience in radio and TV journalism. 

Rita worked at the Nation Media Group (NMG) before she joined KTN News in 2012, where she worked as a senior reporter, and returned to NTV in October 2023 where she worked until her demise. 

Rita is famed for covering the story of the Yaku community in Laikipia which was dwindling in numbers and her in-depth coverage of the International Criminal Court at Hague. She also brought to light a biography of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki dubbed ‘Life and Times of Mama Lucy Kibaki’.

Rita has left an indelible mark on the hearts of her viewers and the media fraternity.