Ghetto Radio is a Sheng broadcasting radio station in Nairobi that entertains and vocalizes social issues and injustices facing Kenyans in informal settlements.
The radio station was launched in 2007 and is loved by many city dwellers, mainly the youth, who find its content relatable.
The radio also caters to its listener’s diverse music tastes, offering playlists ranging from Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, and African Urban.
Ghetto radio has several presenters who engage listeners in different shows daily, and this guide will focus on each one of them and also touch on their salary.
Julius Ondijo Owino aka MajiMaji
Maji Maji is a familiar name in the entertainment industry for those who remember his past hit songs, such as Unbwogabble featuring Gidi Gidi, a radio presenter at Radio Jambo.
Going by the real name Julius Owino, the Ghetto radio presenter and the station’s CEO hosts the breakfast show dubbed Brekko from Monday to Friday between 6:00 am and 10:00 am.
Julius is an energetic and engaging presenter who enthusiastically tackles trending stories and current affairs in his show alongside co-hosts, Nicholas Kilel and DJ Katta.
Purity Wanjiru aka Shideh
Purity Wanjiru, known as Shideh, is the voice behind the weekly Niaje Niaje show running from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The presenter and her co-host DJ Kevo Devoke, treat Ghetto Radio listeners to informative and entertaining topics covering lifestyle, showbiz, food, health, and a quality selection of Kenyan music.
Edgar the Liberator
Saturday mornings are a blast for Ghetto listeners courtesy of Edgar the Liberator and co-host DJ Kevo Devoke.
Their Saturday show is dubbed Changamka, aired from 6 am to 11 am.
The show highlights various issues, especially social injustices that urban dwellers face at the grass root level.
Kelvin Washiori, aka DJ Kevo Devoke
As mentioned earlier, DJ Kevo is a co-host to Edgar and Purity, who entertains listeners with a compilation of music hits during the respective shows.
Evander Macos Oduka aka DJ Double Trouble
Evander hosts the Goteana Show that airs between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm from Monday to Friday.
He hosts the show alongside the famous Bonoko, whose real name is James Kang’ethe.
Evander has been in the media industry for ten years and is good at what he does.
Besides humor from the Goteana duo, Ghetto Radio listeners enjoy reggae songs and lifestyle content.
James Kang’ethe alias Bonoko
Bonoko does not need an introduction to most Kenyans because of how he rose to the limelight.
For those who don’t remember how he became a household name, James went viral after witnessing his friend being shot dead by a police officer who left a fake (bonoko is a sheng word for counterfeit) pistol on the crime scene.
James gave an interview in Sheng recounting what had transpired, and the clip went viral, earning him the name Bonoko.
His popularity landed him a radio role at Ghetto Radio, where he originally co-hosted Goteana alongside Mbusii before he left for Radio Jambo.
Bonoko is now Evandeh’s co-host on the same show.
Mohammed Zuberi aka Curtis/Kutizo
Former soccer player and presently a coach, Zuberi hosts the Hip Hop Republic show every Tuesday from 8:00 pm to 11 pm.
The show focuses on all issues surrounding hip-hop culture, reviews, news, interviews, and an entertaining hip-hop playlist.
Jared Ambwa Shirengo alias DJ Charra
Jared treats reggae enthusiasts to a reggae-filled session in his weekly show, Jahmrock Doba, from 8:00 pm to 11 pm.
Besides reggae music, listeners are also brought up-to-date with the happenings in the reggae industry through interviews and news.
DJ Ruff hosts two gospel shows every Sunday, the first one being Ghetto Gospel from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and Gospel Night Live from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Nicholas Kilel, aka King Kafu
Nicholas is a co-host of Ghetto Radio’s Brekko show.
He boasts over eight years of radio experience.
Nicholas is humorous and also uses satire to articulate his points.
DJ Katta is a talented urban music deejay who ensures Ghetto Radio listeners enjoy music in the brekko show and a weekend show called Ghetto Jam.