In what may seem like a surreal yet mind-blowing occurrence, especially for Africans, a husband and wife presented the news for the first time on Kenyan TV.
Leading Swahili TV news presenter, Lulu Hassan, took to the air, Monday to present Citizen TV’s Swahili-language bulletin alongside her husband Rashid Abdalla.
Hassan presents the popular Nipashe Wikendi programme on what is Kenya’s most popular TV station.
According to the BBC, the pairing has been touted as the first ever married couple to present the news on Kenyan television.
“Welcome Rashid Abdalla, please feel at home,” Hassan said, as her husband took his seat alongside her.
“This is good collaboration,” he replied, before adding more cryptically: “It is a partnership similar to how the hands and eyes coordinate”.
It was learnt that there was extensive publicity about the pairing before the couple’s debut news programme together, yet neither mentioned their relationship on air.
Abdalla is a new recruit to the programme, replacing previous anchor Kanze Dena, who was recently appointed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as his deputy spokesperson.
He was recruited from rival network NTV, part of the media group which owns Kenya’s Nation newspaper.