"....I do feel like a role model, but my desire is to prove that I represent something positive from Kenya. This is what I would like people to emulate. I want to show that there are people from Africa that are positive and encouraging.
I am not naive not to see the problems facing Africa, but the continent has good and positive things to offer too. I would like to present a balanced report on Africa."
"The CNN environment is very professional and more advanced that the environment in Kenya's stations. In Kenya, journalists do everything, from sourcing the stories and identifying the people to be interviewed to researching and putting the story together and transmitting it on air or on paper.
"At CNN, the environment is different. There are executive producers who come up with ideas, then there are agents who book the guests to appear on the different shows and segments, there is a research team that does all the research on guests and events prior to interviews, news reports and different segments. Everything is very well-organised."
In the US, journalists have more freedom of speech and there are more resources at their disposal. They enjoy better pay, have an elaborate access to information from various sources.
Journalists at CNN critic themselves on a regular basis. At the end of each show or segment, a conference is held where the journalists analyse it. They point out the flaws or mistakes and discuss possible improvements. This sessions allows journalists to grow, and Zain loves it."I love going to work every day because I'm always laughing. But at the same time all the journalists are serious, experienced and professional, and they know what they are doing and do it to their best ability."
Interview extract from Nation Media