On September 5, INMA awarded 30 young professionals around the world with its fourth “30 Under 30” award as part of its Young Professionals Initiative. This is the fifth in a series of 30 features about the impressive rising media stars who are shaping our industry.
After graduating at the top of her class with a bachelor’s degree in actuarial and data science, Edna Mwenda began working as a cybersecurity analyst. She attended a few conferences in the United States and became fascinated with journalism. She then enrolled at Aga Khan University, graduating with a multimedia journalism certification.
That led to her becoming a business journalist at Nation Media Group, where she leverages her technical background to excel in journalism.
“My background in a different field brings on board a range of technical skills such as programming or coding, data analysis, and sources in different industries,” she said. “Working with people from different backgrounds and experiences is also a key strength in creating an environment that encourages creativity and innovation.”
She even used her experience to report on the growing threat of cyberattacks, which included an awareness campaign to provide small businesses with essential information to protect themselves.
That’s the kind of value she wants to continue to offer:
“I want to influence positive change and policies that will propel the storytelling and communication to new frontiers. I see myself taking on greater leadership roles and driving positive change and conversations within the media landscape.”