Social media has been abuzz with the just concluded Capital FM auditions that saw Anita Nderu, who was part of the judging panel, surprisingly emerge the winner. The auditions, dubbed, ‘The Capital One’ were a search to replace former ‘Hits not Homework’ presenter, Amina Abdi who left the radio show late last year to host ‘The Trend’ on NTV.
Capital FM did a call out for the inviting people interview for the position. One had to pay to audition, after which finalists were selected and asked to post videos on social media and leverage on their following. The finalist with the most likes would be the ultimate winner.
After going through more than 700 submissions for #TheCapitalOne, the judges have finally narrowed down to 20 videos! Log on to https://t.co/0WCIri6Lv6 and like your favourite video.#BLAZEGrit pic.twitter.com/IMpiacmndi
— Capital FM Kenya (@CapitalFMKenya) November 9, 2017
What got Kenyans incensed was illusion of having a chance at the job of a lifetime and the notion that Capital FM was searching for fresh talent for the airwaves only for it to be given to Anita Nderu, who is somewhat of a household name. The sentiments online were that the auditions were rigged from the beginning and a winner already selected, making the interview process mere formality.
Here are some of the reactions online.
No one had a problem with Anita getting the job but the fact that Capital made hundreds of people think they had a chance wasn’t nice.
— Kari Kì (@Sheilakari) January 20, 2018
You guys are acting surprised about Anita Nderu being the judge of #Thecapitalone . Hii Kenya watu huenda job interviews for formality tu, watu washaandikwa kitambo sana. Job interview inakuwanga ya kubuild self-confidence tu.
— Sharon (@jesang_) January 20, 2018
Capital FM held auditions (which one had to pay to enter) for a position. Anita Nderu was a judge and she ended up winning. Most of twitter A folks applied and now they are hurt.
— Xtraterrestial Fly (@katung_u) January 20, 2018
Hahaha this is just hilarious aah Kenya makes me wonder at times so capital FM put up auditions guys came and did their thing but in the long run the judge becomes the winner. How did this work lol @AnitaNderu . Then why put up auditions if you going to chose one of your own https://t.co/8xU9cs211k
— THEE YOUNG DREAMER (@stunnerthedj) January 21, 2018
Guys who went for Capital FM auditions when they hear that a judge got the job. pic.twitter.com/5qQcPJBn3a
— Njoroge. (@njocha_) January 20, 2018
I saw pictures of young people queueing for that capital job… Imagine waiting in line, going through fear\anxiety, a dry mouth and lots of emotions before the auditions, then you get to the audition podium, ace it, but the judge wins it?
— GATHONI (@QueenGathoni) January 21, 2018