Women Journalists telling stories with data



WanaData-Ke is a network of female journalists working on changing the digital media landscape by producing and promoting data-driven news and applying digital technologies in their storytelling.


Stellar Murumba

Stellar Murumba is Code for Kenya’s project manager. She is in charge of WanaData-KE and a number of other local data and investigative journalism initiatives.She is an award-winning investigative health journalist who most recently wrote for the Business Daily at the Nation Media Group in Nairobi. Stellar won an impactAFRICA fellowship in 2017 to pioneer ‘test-tube journalism’ in the region by working with medical laboratories to tackle counterfeit and fake medicines. The project prompted the recall of a major malaria medicine. Other recent work includes unearthing a multi-billion Shilling scam at the Kenya Ministry of Health, exposing how funds meant for free maternity and HIV programmes were diverted in a major procurement scandal. Stellar isn’t however just a muckraker: she is also keen on solutions journalism, using data and on-the-ground reportage to help spotlight innovative solutions to societal challenges. Stellar trained at the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism, and later honed her financial reporting skills as a Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Fellow. She is also a Transparency International – Action4Transparency – grantee 2018 for another ‘test-tube journalism’ project on ascertaining the safety of bottled water in Nairobi.

Lynet Igadwah

Lynet Igadwah is a reporter with the Business Daily based in Nairobi, mainly covering Parliament. She also writes news and feature articles on health, lifestyle and business.

Annie Njanja

Annie Njanja is an ICFJ Fellow; Global Editors Network-Data Journalism Winner 2017; currently working for the Business Daily newspaper (Nation Media Group), Nairobi.

Nancy Agutu

Nancy Agutu has worked as a senior digital reporter at the Star newspaper since 2014. She won the Best Digital Reporter award in 2015 for championing digital storytelling within the newsroom at Radio Africa Group.

Kajuju Murori

Kajuju Murori is a Kenyan journalist currently in Cyprus. She specializes in writing stories that inspire change. She writes on start-ups, technology, entrepreneurship, art, fintech, and women, among others.

Elizabeth Merab

Elizabeth Merab is an award-winning health and science reporter at the Daily Nation newspaper in Nairobi, with experience spanning over four years’ in development, science and health journalism. She is experienced in data and digital journalism and enthusiastic about telling stories that positively impact Kenyan lives.

Kizito Makoye

Innovation Fellow

Jamii Forum’s new Data Editor designate, tasked with setting up a digital first newsroom for Tanzania’s largest online audience for news and actuality content. Makoye boasts 10 years experience as a journalist, and has written for publications including the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Norwegian newspaper Bistandsaktuelt.

Diana Kendi

Diana Kendi Makale is an award-winning freelance journalist with 6 years of professional experience. She is currently an advocate for women and girls’ rights.

Fardosa Hussein

Fardosa is an upcoming data journalist focusing on Health and social injustice-related stories. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Daystar University.

Esther Wandia

Esther Wandia is a data journalist and web editor at The Star Newspaper. She is passionate about data mining and journalism.

Elizabeth Merab

Elizabeth Merab is an award-winning health, development and science reporter at the Daily Nation newspaper in Nairobi, with over four years of experience.

Angela Oketch

Angela Oketch is an award-winning health, gender and art and culture reporter at the Daily Nation newspaper based in Kisumu with four years of professional experience. She also does feature articles on lifestyle.

Christine Sayo

Christine Sayo is a youth and women rights activist. She is currently the Country Leader for ‘Let’s Do It Kenya’ movement that seeks to use technology for data-driven waste management across the country.  

Sarah Ooko

Sarah Ooko is an award-winning journalist writing for The Business Daily. She is a fellow of the International Centre for Journalists, Thomson Reuters Foundation and the United Nations Foundation.

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru is an experienced freelance journalist focusing on health, gender and art and culture. Nduta is currently working on a tool to make county governments accountable. She is a YALI fellow

Soila Kenya

Soila Kenya is an upcoming data journalist working at Code for Africa. She writes about entrepreneurship, and millenials and has articles in Inspire Afrika, She Leads Africa, Involvement Newspaper and PesaCheck.

Doreen Wainainah

Doreen Wainainah is a writer with a bias for human interest stories at the Business Daily and has been with the Nation Media Group for the past seven years. She is a ‘Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’ fellow.

Naima Mungai

Naima Mungai has worked in the film industry for 10 years on projects like ‘Tusker Project Fame 2’ and ‘Coke Studio Africa’ and has also taught film. She is now getting into data journalism with an interest in visuals.

Dianarose Odhiambo

Dianarose Odhiambo is a freelance multimedia journalist with an interest in gender and health. She has worked with KBC Radio Taifa and QTV. She won the KEMEP FGM journalist of the year award in 2015.