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Tina Korosso speaks of her roots and her passion for radio

Tina KorossoTinah Korosso’s graduation from Rhema Bible College in Botswana was a significant pointer in the compass of her career.

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“I am the fourth born and the firstborn daughter of Oscar and Rehema Korosso,” Tinah says.

“We are Tanzanians, but we had to move when my father got a coaching job in Botswana and South Africa.”

For much of her life, Tinah lived with her family in Botswana, as a born-again Christian. Her parents imparted her with Christian values.

With a diploma in Music and Theology, Tinah was ready to unleash her potential: which she did with a slot to represent her country, Tanzania, in Tusker Project Fame 1.

“I love singing. Even to date, I still do — only that my songs focus on issues to do with my faith. Project Fame was a stepping stone, but I had no desire to sing for the secular world.”

When she was evicted from the show, Tinah went back to Tanzania where she got a radio job at Cloud FM. While the troubles in her love life continued, she found solace behind her microphone at the studio.

“It was hard, but I had to persevere. There are times my husband threatened my career. He would call my cell, my office, and the studio line while I am on air. I braved the times because I knew where I wanted to be.”

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Her entry into Kenyan airwaves came as a surprise. “I jetted in from Dar-es-salaam to audition for a slot at Pili Pili FM in Mombasa. The station was then setting up. I didn’t expect to be selected but after a while, I received a call from Najib Balala, the proprietor, telling me I had been selected.”

Tinah rose to become the programmes controller at Pili Pili. Her stay at the Mombasa-based station was short lived. She received a call from Radio Maisha’s managing editor Tom Japani, asking her to join his team in Nairobi.

“I took up the new challenge and I have never regretted my move to Nairobi. Radio is not just a job: it’s a ministry for me to impact lives. I am happy here,” she concludes.

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