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FBF: Remembering Benson Wanjau, our beloved 'Mzee Ojwang'

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15 January 2016
Benson Wanjau joined the stellar cast of the iconic Kenyan Comedy VITIMBI in 1985.

As we experience the evolution of film and Television in East Africa, one cannot help but look back with nostalgia at the great pioneers of the television and film industry. At the turn of the year, the East Africa entertainment industry has grown in leaps and bounds from the quality of our productions to the diversity and richness of our unique stories.

Today, we want to salute an Icon. A trailblazer. Our pioneer in the world of Kenyan comedy. Seven months on, we still treasure the memory of  our Beloved 'Mzee Ojwang', the late great Benson Wanjau.

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Ojwang in his happier moments: pic by niaje.com[/caption]

 

Benson Wanjau joined the stellar cast of the iconic Kenyan Comedy VITIMBI in 1985.

He played the role of the overbearing, almost draconian patriach, Mzee Ojwang who run a small business with his best friend and life partner, Mama Kayai played by the beautiful and ever-youthful Mary Khavere.

Those who lived through this era can attest to the pure joy and laughter derived from watching an episode of Mzee Ojwang's antics on the Vitimbi show! His career spanned three decades until his untimely demise on July 12 2015.

Today, we remember this great man. May we strive to be as pure in our "Art" as he did. A toast! To our beloved Mzee Ojwang!

Photo credits: Niaje.com

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