John Sibi Okumu
Winner - Life Time Achievement - 2019
Sondeka Awards

A well deserving gentleman who over the years has been recognizable to entertainment consumers both local and international as an astute radio and television newsreader and presenter. A true man of the arts. As a journalist, he hosted a popular Kenyan TV program - the Summit narrated and acted in several films, including the Oscar-winning The Constant Gardener and Shake Hands with the Devil, the story of the Rwanda Genocide. This connoisseur has appeared in 40 lead roles on stage and it all began when he started acting while in Lenana School. He has written two plays. The first, Role Play – A Journey Into The Kenyan Psyche, published in 2005 and hailed by Newsweek International as “an unapologetic look at racial stereotypes in modern Kenya". The second, Minister…Karibu!, was seen by Nairobi audiences in October 2007. In Minister…Karibu! he cajoules the risks of selfish politics to social stability. He has since added Tom Mboya: Master of Mass Management, for young readers, As a print journalist he has written for Kenyan newspapers and magazines under the pseudonym Mwenye Sikio and, for three years was on the editorial board of the quarterly journal AWAAZ - Voices of the South Asian Diaspora.