Kanze Dena Biography, Age, Career, Education, Family, Husband and Net Worth.

Kanze Dena is a renowned Kenyan Swahili Journalist, professional news anchor, and the current spokesperson of the executive office of the president, Republic of Kenya. Apart from that, she is also the head of the president’s strategic communication unit (PSCU).

Before her appointment into office, she had worked as a news anchor on major media houses in Kenya, including Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Citizen Tv. In June 2018, she resigned from Citizen TV after being appointed deputy state house spokesperson and deputy head of PSCU. Six weeks later, she ascended to her current role of spokesperson, Executive office of the president.

This article looks closely into the biography of Kanze Dena, highlighting her career and educational background, and personal life.

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Kanze Dena Age and Place of Birth


Kanze Dena


Kanze Dena was born in 1980 in Kwale County, cost region of Kenya to her duruma parents. She is the fourth born in a family of six. She hails from

the Mijikenda Community of Kenya who inhabits the coastal region of Kenya. When she was young, her parents divorced and thus she grew up under the care of her late single mother. She was raised both in Kwale and Nairobi counties.

Kanze Educational Background

Dena went to Kianjokoma Primary school, present-day St Matthews Mixed boarding primary school in Embu for her primary education. She later joined Kieni Girls High school for secondary education and left in 1997 with an O- level certificate.

Kanze Dena had initially wanted to join the Kenya Medical Training Institute (KMTC) to pursue a medical course. After making applications to join KMTC without success, she resolved to join the Foundation College of Professional Studies for a course in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Kanze Dena Career

Upon leaving college, she started out as an intern at KBC Radio Taifa as a newsreader. Later on, she was employed by KBC TV as a news anchor alongside her then co-anchor Badi Muhsin. She crossed over to Citizen TV after working for KBC for 6 years. It is at KBC that her career as a news anchor became more pronounced and soon her name became a household name in the Kenyan Media Industry.

At Citizen TV, she was paired with Lulu Hassan with whom they anchored the news for over 5 years, taking over the Kenyan airwaves with vivacity. During this period, Citizen TV apparently became the most-watched TV Station in the country and holds the same position even after Dena’s exit.

Kanze Dena Statehouse Spokesperson

Kanze Dena
Kanze Dena with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/Courtesy

In June 2018, she was appointed as the head of the newly created office of the deputy statehouse spokesperson and deputy head of PSCU. In October 2018, she was elevated to the position of Statehouse spokesperson and head of PSCU, becoming the first female statehouse spokesperson and head of PSCU in the history of Kenya.