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Kellen Beatrice Kanze Dena
Kwale County, Kenya
|Education||Foundation College of Professional Studies|
|Occupation||Spokesperson, executive office of the president, republic of kenya and head of president's strategic communication unit (pscu).|
|Employer||Government of Kenya|
|Known for||Journalism, Swahili news anchor, news director/producer|
Kanze Dena formally knowns as Kellen Beatrice Kanze Dena is a Swahili Kenyan journalist who is the current Spokesperson, Executive Office of the President, Republic of Kenya and Head of President's Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU). She was previously a news anchor who specialized in current affairs, political interviews and entertainment. Kanze Dena who has previously worked as a news anchor for other major networks including Kenya Broadcasting Corporation television network and Citizen TV resigned from Citizen TV in June 2018, after being appointed as the Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU, a role she held for a six weeks before ascending to her current role of Spokesperson in the Executive Office of the President.
Early life and education
Dena was borne to Duruma parents, which is part of the Mijikenda community, and who initially resided in Mazeras in Kwale. She grew up in various parts of Kenya including Kwale, and Nairobi. She went to Kianjokoma Primary School, today St. Matthews Mixed Boarding Primary School in Embu for primary education and Kieni Girls High School for secondary education (O-Levels) and graduated in 1997. After her O-levels, she intended to join the premier Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) which she tried every year but without success. She later resorted to studying Journalism and Mass Communication at Foundation College of Professional Studies.
Dena enrolled for a Journalism communications course at Foundation College of Professional Studies. She interned for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC) radio station as a Swahili news reader. She was later employed at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC) TV as a news anchor alongside her co-anchor Badi Muhsin. After six years at KBC, she crossed over to Citizen TV where she experienced a meteoric rise to a sensational news anchor and a household name in the Kenyan media. At Citizen TV, she excelled and was paired with Lulu Hassan whom she anchored the news on the Citizen TV's Nipashe Wikendi with for almost six years. Her work ethic made her develop a formidable bond with her partner Lulu Hassan and took over the Kenyan Waves as the dynamic duo.
She interned as a newsreader at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation radio. She worked as a News anchor at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation TV and as a News anchor and Director at Citizen TV.
She served as a Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU in charge of coordinating digital, messaging, research, branding and press at State House in an effort of the Uhuru Kenyatta pushing the Big Four agenda and legacy building. She currently serves as the Spokesperson in the Executive Office of the President and head of the President's Strategic Communication Unit(PSU).
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