BMJ (Ben Mutua Jonathan) Muriithi (born Jonathan Nyaga on May 4, 1969) is a Kenyan writer, Radio Presenter, stringer and actor based in the United States. He is currently the Regional Western Hemisphere International Correspondent for the Swahili Service of Voice of America, a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He is also a regional reporter for Kenya’s Nation Television (NTV), one of Kenya’s mainstream television Stations. Muriithi has nevertheless contributed immensely to the Kenyan media and theater scene. Earlier in his career, he traversed the country with members of Mt. Kenya Theatrix, sensitizing people on the dangers of HIV/AIDS through Community Theater under the auspicies of Plan International, a non-governmental humanitarian organization famed for its social empowerment programs. During his High School days, he was named the entertainer of the year – class of 1986 – for his wit and humor in his weekend stand-up comedies.
Muriithi produced and presented the arts segment of John Obong’o Jr.’s Kenya Beat, a popular Kenyan radio program aired on Monday mornings. He was also a co-presenter of Dunia Wiki hii, a news roundup program produced by Kenya’s renowned radio personality, Hamisi Themor. Besides his duties at KBC, Muriithi produced and presented “Biashara Ndogondogo”, a popular radio program aired on Saturdays by Nairobi based Nation Radio, which is owned by Nation Media Group. While working with the media houses, he simultaneously served as a registration assistant with Kenya’s department of lands in both Embu and Nairobi. In 2002, he moved to Georgia, USA where he is currently studying Communication and International Relations at Atlanta Metro College. He is a correspondent and News editor with a US based Kenyan Newspaper, Kenya Empowerment Newspaper. He is also a Syndicated correspondent with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and a reporter for Minneapolis-based Mshale Newspaper. Before leaving Kenya, he sat on the provincial adjudication board for Kenya Schools and Colleges Drama Festival. Mureithi is married to Edith N. Muriithi who is a Medical Assistant and a student at Georgia Perimeter College. His daughter, Carole Wawira Muriithi (born September 4, 1992) is currently a High School student in Hanoi, Vietnam, in which city her mother, Fiona Clare, works for CARE International.
In September 2009, he was contracted by Voice of America (VOA) as a regional stringer. In mid 2010. Nation Media house hired him as a regional reporter on contact basis.
In 2007, he was among the first journalists to shed light on the departure of CNN’s Africa Bureau Chief, Jeff Koinange, from the giant media organization. On November 23, 2008, his article, ‘An Africa to-do list for Obama’ was published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the main Newspaper in the State of Georgia, USA. The same was later published by The Washington Post, the oldest DC newspaper with the largest circulation in the City.
In the early 1990s, Muriithi teamed up with fellow thespians, including Packson Ngugi and a group of activists led by firebrand Kenyan politician and now Cabinet Minister James Orengo, to protest the government’s intention to sell the Kenya National Theatre building to the adjacent Norfolk Hotel against the wishes of the artists. The idea was consequently shelved.
In October 2009, Muriithi received an award from Kenya’s ambassador to the U.S. for what the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC termed “his Professional support and cooperation with the Embassy”. It was presented amid pomp and color at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia by HE. Peter Ogego, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.