John Sibi-Okumu, has been a notable broadcaster in Kenya. Amongst his interviewees on television have been such newsmakers as Daniel arap Moi, Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga, Robert Mugabe, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Paul Kagame, Benjamin Mkapa, Joachim Chissano, Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai and Jane Goodall. He was quiz master for The Zain Africa Challenge, an inter-university, general knowledge competition originally seen in eight African countries. He was chief anchor for JSO@7, a one hour TV News’ digest.
John has taken on about 40 lead roles on stage and appeared in local and international films, including The Constant Gardener, Shake Hands with the Devil and The First Grader. He has written and devised nine plays to date, and directed amongst several other productions Mo Faya! by Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina, which played to great acclaim at the New York Festival of Musical Theatre in 2009. He has narrated and voiced award-winning documentaries and commercials in English, French and Kiswahili. In 2017 he read the audio-book for Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda. He is a published author for young readers and, as a print journalist, he is a longstanding columnist for a number of publications. He continues to serve as moderator for high level international conferences and is also an engaging public speaker. For his accomplishments, John is featured in the book Life Journeys, Scaling Heights – Conversations with High Achieving Men in Kenya .