Ainea Ojiambo On Why He Fits His Prominent TV Villian Profile

Ainea Ojiambo is undoubtedly one of Kenya’s most prominent TV villains. Since his days in Makutano Junction, to his most recent roles like the crooked prison warden Musa in Igiza, Ainea has proven his capability to get into character.

In the new political thriller series County 49, Ojiambo plays the deposed Bwatele County Governor – Okusimba Sibi aka Ox. A stereotypical African politician who despite being charismatic, and having a legion of supporters, is very corrupt, and has enough capacity for dictatorship if left to his own devices.

On Playing The Villain

Throughout his career, Ainea notes that many people are curious to know why he always plays the villain. “Most directors think that I’m able to portray such characters so well.He says. “And you know what they say, ‘If you can play a bad guy then you must be one of the best because playing a good guy is easy. Everybody can do it.”

The seasoned actor takes pride in mastering the art of playing the roles of powerful corrupt men. “Maybe it’s the authority that I have that makes me play those parts well,” he says. “I study a lot of men in power, but I think maybe the roles find me because of my physique.”

Ainea Ojiambo

Even though Ainea is skilled, like any good TV villain, he has had his fair share of hate from fans. “Being a bad guy also comes with hate, and this has been the case from my days in Makutano Junction to Demigods to Igiza.” Says the Nairobi Half Life actor.

Ainea Ojiambo On Showmax Political Drama – County 49

In the first 2 episodes of County 49, Ainea’s character Okusimba is charged with abuse of office, treason, corruption, etc. This is an onslaught that was led by the new governor Nerimah Mkung (Wakio Mzenge).

Okusimba focuses more on politics, power, and money than his family. He has a score to settle with the government, and his recent legal troubles, and unexpected conviction, strengthen this resolve. This sets off a chain of events that threaten to bring Bwatele to its knees.

Ainea Ojiambo

Ainea Ojiambo finds Okusimba interesting in many ways. For instance, Okusimba’s monologues take him back to his early days on stage before he transitioned to TV. “I used to do a lot of Shakespeare when I was young,” he reveals. “And my character Okusimba does a lot of monologues where I have to change characters in between.” Ainea Ojiambo says that through these monologues he’s had to dig deeper to capture the emotion that each scene demands.

Upon reading his script, Ainea became curious to know why director Likarion Wainaina chose him for the role. He describes his County 49 role as his most challenging role yet. “I want you to do something that you’ve never done before,” Likarion told him. Having worked with Likarion before, Ainea Ojiambo describes Likarion as a director who challenges and understands him well.

 As he ponders his next role, Ojiambo jokes about moving away from bad guys to a more romantic role. “I think next time, I’ll go for an Alejandro type of character, a romantic guy so that I can show people I can also do romance, the kind of role that will make people cry when they see me frustrated in love,” he says.

Apart from bringing his amazing acting skills on set, Ainea Ojiambo being a licensed gun holder lent his weapon expertise to the cast of County 49. He taught them how to handle guns in the many action and gunfight scenes.

County 49 premiered on Showmax last month. Watch the trailer below:

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