Top kenyan actors Charles Bukeko A.K.A papa Shirandula DIES. He holds a critical position in the show aired on Citizen TV.
The Kenyan acting fraternity as well as the Royal Media Services family is in a state of mourning after one of the finest thespians of his generation on Saturday took his final bow.
Charles Bukeko, popularly known by his most famous character name Papa Shirandula, died at the Karen Hospital following a short illness.
Although not much of his life is available publicly, the 58-year-old was born to a humble family in Buhalarire, Mumias, Western Kenya, to Valeria Makokha and Cosmas Wafula.
He attended Jogoo Road Primary School before proceeding to Upper Hill Secondary where he developed a love for football.
Upon completion of his high school studies, Bukeko moved to Uhuru Estate in Nairobi and, right around the same time, started drifting away from the sport and developing an attachment towards acting.
Born in Buhalarire, Kakamega County to a humble family, Bukeko,58, had prior to his death been the face of the TV drama – arguably third only to iconic productions Vitimbi and Vioja Mahakamani, and for over a decade, defined Kenya’s entertainment industry and through it, moulded careers of many notable personalities in the country such as comedians; Felix Odiwuor(Jalang’o), Jacqueline Nyaminde (Wilbroda), Jacky Vike (Awinja) and Davis Hezron Mwabili (Mwala) among others.