In a heartbreaking turn of events, the vibrant tapestry of Kenya’s entertainment scene has been dimmed with the untimely passing of the multi-talented actor, director, scriptwriter, and events manager, Charles Ouda. Known for his stellar performances in iconic productions like ‘Makutano Junction’ and ‘Twende,’ the 38-year-old artist bid farewell just months after joyously announcing his engagement to former BBC journalist Ciru Muriuki.
In a statement delivered through a spokesperson, the family shared the heart-wrenching news,”It is with deep sorrow that the family of Charles ‘Charlie’ J. Ouda and Ciru Muriuki inform you of his passing on the night of February 3, 2024. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend.”
The statement by filmmaker and writer Mkamzee Mwatela on behalf of the Ouda Family aldo requested for privacy,
“We appeal to all to give his fiancée Ciru and the Ouda family space to grieve this unfathomable loss. More details will be provided in due course. Once again, we urge everyone to respect the privacy of those involved,”
Rich Legacy As an Entertainer
Ouda’s legacy in the realm of entertainment is nothing short of remarkable. From his early days at the Kenya National Theatre in Eric Wainaina’s ‘Lwanda, Man of Stone’ to gracing the small and big screens in televesion shows like ‘Know Zone,’ ‘Makutano Junction,’Better Days,’Salem’,’
and ‘Pepeta’. He is also in the movie ‘The First Grader,’ recently picked up by Netflix.
He performed in six key musicals over the course of his career including playing the title character in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Perchik in Jerry Brock’s Fiddler on the Roof.
Not just confined to acting, Charles showcased his prowess as a director, scriptwriter, and events manager, garnering accolades such as Best Director at the 2016 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shoot Out and multiple awards from the NYC Indie Film Awards.
A beacon of creativity, Ouda and his fiancée, Ciru Muriuki, collaborated on the podcast ‘The Undiscovered Podcast.’
Their engagement in September 2023 was a source of joy for many, capturing hearts with their adorable moments.
As news of Ouda’s passing spread, tributes poured in, reflecting the profound impact he had on both the entertainment industry and the lives of those who knew him.
Kenyans Eulogize Charlie
As the news about the death of the revered actor spread, Kenyan online eulogized the artist as a hero, sending condolences to his family and fiance Ciku Muiruki.
Renowned rapper and producer Blinky Bill expressed sorrow, “Charles Ouda ❤️ Rest well brother, so sad to hear of your passing on. Big love to his loved ones,” while journalist John Allan Namu remembered Ouda as a good man,”RIP Charles. Strength to your fiancée and family. You were a good man.” extending strength to his fiancée and family.
Long-time fan Aleckie Ronald reminisced about Ouda’s contributions to shows like ‘Pepeta’ and ‘Know Zone,’ declaring the loss of such a talent.
” Charles Ouda gave us the best cast for Pepeta, one of the best shows we have ever had in Kenya, was part of great shows like Makutano Junction and Better days, not forgetting the children’s show on Citizen called Know Zone, we have lost such a talent, may he rest well “
Publicist Anyiko Owoko joined in, celebrating Ouda’s achievements and offering sincere condolences to his fiancée, family, friends, and the entire film industry.
” Rest in peace Charles Ouda 💔 One of Kenya’s best actors. He was also a film director and screenwriter. We share our most sincere condolences to his fiancé Ciru Muriuki, his dear family, all his friends and the film industry at large. Charles we celebrate you.“
A poignant tribute recounted Ouda’s instrumental role during the recent End Femicide March, underlining the actor’s commitment to social causes.
As Kenya mourns the departure of Charles Ouda, his legacy as a versatile and accomplished artist continues to shine brightly in the hearts of those who cherished his work and admired the man behind the characters. Mat he rest in piece!