Credit: Andrew Opere of Operetar Photography

Credit: Andrew Opere of Operetar Photography

I landed my first acting gig at age 5, as the little drummer boy in my nursery school Nativity. The reviews were excellent. My career would really begin decades later, with plays and musicals in different stages in Nairobi. It's when I found myself jobless in America in the middle of the 2008 recession that things got exciting. I joined Philadelphia’s acting scene, appearing in independent stage plays and short films, and telling stories about American history to tourists in the summer.

On returning to Nairobi I landed principal roles in M-Net’s pan-African TV drama 'Changes', and the celebrated Kenyan films 'Nairobi Half Life' and 'Stories Of Our Lives'. After gaining some writing experience on the 'Village Series' of comedy musicals, I created, co-wrote and co-directed 'Groove Theory', a musical drama TV series that ran for two seasons on regional cable TV.

In 2014, I curated and directed 'Stories From The Mall', a theatre tribute to the events of the 2013 Westgate terrorist attack. In 2015 I co-wrote 'Kati Kati' a feature film co-written and directed by Mbithi Masya. Kati Kati premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016 where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. It then went on to win the award for Best Film at Sweden's CinemAfrica Festival, a New Voices/New Visions Special Mention at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the award for Best East African Film at the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards.

In 2017, I co-wrote 'Supa Modo', a family film directed by Likarion Wainaina, which premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival 2018. Supa Modo received a Special Mention from the Generation Kplus Jury and has continued to win prizes around the world. 

I've most recently been seen on 'Because You Said So', a comedy improv group which hosts sold-out shows every other month, on 'Oh-Bama' a satirical web series produced in Nairobi and Los Angeles, and 'New Beginnings', a drama series airing across Africa

I currently write and direct skits for corporate functions while managing a film blog, hosting an online podcast, procrastinating on a couple of screenplays, emceeing functions, and auditioning incessantly.


 Photography by Joshua Obaga

Photography by Joshua Obaga