Rita’s final journey

Friends, family and colleagues will gather at Nosuupeni Farm Olokirikirai, Narok County today (Wednesday, 24 March 2024) from 10am for the final farewell of celebrated Nation Television (NTV) journalist Rita Tinina.

At the age of 46, Tinina, known as RT, T9 or simply Maasai, passed away, leaving behind a beautiful legacy and a void so large that all those who have paid tribute to her have described her as a gentle giant, the epitome of greatness and gentleness. How she balanced these parallel virtues remains a mystery.

She completed her secondary education at Maasai Girls before joining the Kenya Institute of Mass Communications and later the University of Nairobi to hone her journalism skills. When she started her career at Citizen TV in 1999, it was no secret that she was destined for greatness.

She later moved to NTV, then KTN News and back to NTV before her untimely demise.

Here are some of the glowing tributes to the celebrated journalist:

Joe Ageyo: The Rita Tinina I knew, an elegy for a gentle giant

NMG journalists pay tribute to Rita Tinina

Basett Buyukah: Fare thee well my friend, Rita Tinina

Pamela Asigi: A week late…yes, I am a week late, Rita Tinina

Rita Tinina: A beacon of integrity and mentorship

Roselyne Obala: I mourn a friend, role model and media icon

Glowing tribute to Rita Tinina, RT, T9 by colleagues, friends

Linus Kaikai: Rita Tinina, This Is It!

Kanyax: Rita Tinina, your dedication, wisdom and legacy live on

Carol Kinuthia: Rita Tinina, the best friend of my youth

Laillah Mohammed: Rita Tinina, thank you for your courage, grace and humility

Duncan Khaemba: Rita Tinina, it is not well

Kaara Wainaina: Go well Maasai, you will be truly missed!

Dr Mercy Korir: Rita Tinina, the grass we watched grow

Melita Oletenges: My lunch with Rita Tinina that became a farewell

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