Lola Okulo dumps The Star for SportPesa

One of ‘The STAR’ newspaper’s longest serving business reporters, Lola Okulo, has left the publication after 9 years of service.

Lola, who has been the paper’s Business Editor since March this year, left the paper towards the end of last month to join sports betting firm SportPesa as the Content Manager.

(TOP: Lolo Okulo, former Business Editor at The STAR, giving an analysis of Barclays Bank’s exit from Kenya. Photo: YouTube).

She assumed the role of Business Editor in March this year when newspaper announced editorial team changes as part of the paper’s relaunch, becoming the country’s first female journalists to hold the position of Business Editor.

According to reports, Friday September 30 was Lola’s last working day at The STAR. While the new player may have offered her better terms and remuneration in order for her to move, it is also alleged that she had not really settled in her new role of Business Editor at the newspaper and had frequent disagreements with her senior colleagues.

Constant Munda is currently holding fort until a new Business Editor is appointed.

According to her professional profile, Lola joined The STAR just after the newspaper’s launch in 2007, ushering the publisher – Radio Africa Group which was previously known more in radio broadcasting scene – into newspaper publishing.

As Content Manager at SportPesa, it appears Lola will be involved with SportpesaNews portal, which the company calls its “special sports news section” for in-depth coverage of the biggest events in sport, previews, reviews, insider betting tips and sports news.