Actor Charles Ouda’s last moving speech echoed the message of love
The last moments of the talented actor Charles J. Ouda have been unveiled through an intimate viral video capturing his impassioned speech on love – that we cannot post to protect his privacy – at an event held on February 3, just hours before his untimely demise.
Standing tall and exuding charisma, Ouda addressed his friends with a powerful message, urging them to embrace love amidst life’s challenges. He was speaking at the wrap party of the popular TV series Salem.
“Some of us survived the year, but as we survive, I would ask us to remember one thing – we survived, and love is everything. I would ask that we love each other. That we understand that love is no longer in the streets,” he passionately declared, with his friends expressing their solidarity by tossing a drink.
Little did they know that those moving words would mark his last moments with friends in the industry.
The devastating news of Charles’ passing was shared by his family and fiancee, Ciru Muriuki, on Sunday, February 4, 2024.
At the age of 38, the actor left a void that resonated deeply in the hearts of those who knew him.
Fellow actress Jackie Matubia, one of the last people to interact with Ouda, has shared videos from the Salem TV show’s party, held on the same night.
In one of the videos, the two actors posed together, radiating joy.
Matubia, struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss, captioned the video, “Someone please wake me up.”
Sharing another video of the Salem cast celebrating and dancing, Matubia expressed the pain of Ouda’s untimely demise, writing:
“It is so painful I just want to sleep and wake up, and I find you have sent me 20 reals and call me J.”
“Just yesterday you were so full of life, Charlie,” she added in another post.
Charles, renowned for his contributions to film projects such as ‘Makutano Junction,’ ‘The First Grader,’ and ‘Count It Out,’ was not only a skilled actor but also a distinguished film director and scriptwriter.
His international exposure included touring in Europe with the musical revue show “Out of Africa: Journey Through Magical Kenya.”
Ouda 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.
The producers of the TV series Salem released a touching statement expressing their deep sorrow over the sudden passing of the talented actor. Charles Ouda, known for his role as Principal Karani on Salem, left an indelible mark on the show, contributing not only to his acting prowess but also to imparting valuable training to his colleagues.
It reads: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Charles Ouda, who played Principal Karani on Salem TV series. He brought talent and professionalism to our sets and has trained many of us.”
The statement continued, “We are still in shock. To his family and fiancée, our thoughts and prayers are with you every moment of the day and night. To our audience, his fans, the Salem cast and crew, and the film industry, let’s bow our heads in a moment of prayer, for a hero, a role model, and a friend has left us. May he rest in peace.”