Soni Methu Biography, Age, Death, Cause of Death, CNN, CGTN


Soni Methu Biography

Soni Methu was a Kenyan journalist who was a reporter at CGTN, Chinese-owned news network and former host of CNN’s Inside Africa. She died on 13th April 2019 after collapsing with stomach pains.

Soni Methu Age

Soni was 34 years old at the time of her death; she was born in 1985.

Soni Methu Career

Soni began her career at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, starring in the drama Hila and presenting the Taj Show. She later joined South Africa’s eNCA as the East African correspondent.

Soni Methu CNN

In 2014 Soni was tapped by CNN where she hosted Inside African on CNN International until 2015 when the program switched to a new format. As part of the show, Methu travelled to different countries on the African continent and highlighted their cultures and cuisines.

In 2016 during an interview with Kenyan news travel station Tambaa Kenya she said she left CNN as the program was moving towards ‘a character-driven storytelling, versus a host telling a story’.

“I will start by saying I did not leave CNN, it just happened that the show was moving more towards a character-driven storytelling, versus a host telling a story. There were various options presented to me, but, as opportunity would have it, I got an opportunity at CGTN Africa.’

Soni Methu CGTN

Soni joined CGTN, a Chinese-owned news network, in 2016 as a reporter. At the time of her death, she was still working with the network.

Soni Methu Death

Soni died on 11th April 2019 after she collapsed with stomach pains at a hotel in Diani, Kwale County, Kenya. According to her younger sister, Faith Methu, Soni cried that she was in pain at around 6 pm, clutched her stomach then collapsed.

“She started looking like she was having a seizure and my sister-in-law rushed her to the hospital but she died on the way. We don’t know much but a post-mortem will be done to tell exactly what happened.”

CNN released a statement which read: ‘We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague Soni Methu. Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, from all at CNN.’

Soni Methu Cause of Death

Soni’s cause of death is unknown as the family is waiting for post-mortem to be conducted. They however speculate she died of stomach complications from a recent sickness.

Soni Methu Instagram

Soni ran an ‘Artist of the Week’ Showcase of African Artists on Her Instagram

Soni Methu Twitter

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