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RIP: Actor Charles Ouda, 38, passes away

The family of Charles ‘Charlie’ J. Ouda and Ciru Muriuki has shared the devastating news of his passing on the night of February 3, 2024. Charles was 38 years old at the time of his untimely death.

The family’s statement, issued on behalf of the Oudas and Ciru Muriuki, appeals to everyone to respect the privacy of the grieving fiancée and the Ouda family during this difficult time.

The statement asks for space and privacy to grieve the unfathomable loss, with further details to be provided in due course.

Ciru, a former BBC Africa presenter, and Charles shared their engagement news in September 2023, captivating the hearts of many with their adorable moments.

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The engagement announcement had been met with warm wishes and congratulations from fans and friends.

Charles, known for his contributions to various film projects like ‘Makutano Junction,’ ‘The First Grader,’ and ‘Count It Out,’ was not only a talented actor but also a distinguished film director and scriptwriter.

From his early days at the Kenya National Theatre to leading roles in successful TV series and films, Charles’ talent and versatility captivated audiences.

His international exposure included touring in Europe with the musical revue show “Out of Africa: Journey Through Magical Kenya.” Charles co-wrote songs for groups like SEMA and contributed to saxophonist Jackson Munala Anduuru’s album.

His impact extended beyond acting, as he actively participated in writing, directing, and composing for various productions.

He brought his talents to New York, where he completed a 2-year Conservatory, broadening his skills and collaborating with renowned actors and directors.

Charles’ legacy includes his impressive body of work and his commitment to telling meaningful stories. His involvement in educational shows like “Know Zone” highlighted his belief in the power of storytelling for growth and development.

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His exceptional talents had earned him numerous accolades, including the title of Best Director at the 2016 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shoot Out and multiple awards from the NYC Indie Film Awards.

In June, Ciru had introduced her podcast, teaming up with Charles as the co-host. The couple’s journey and shared ventures had become an inspiration for their fans, making Charles’ sudden passing all the more devastating.

May he rest in peace.