Tributes pour in for fallen TV star and comedian

01 August 2020
Charles Bukeko died at a Nairobi hospital on Saturday.
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Kenyan’s woke up to sad news on Saturday that their favorite comedian Charles Bukeko popularly known as Papa Shirandula is no more. He passed away at a Nairobi hospital in what the family said is linked to COVID-19.

The 58-year-old actor was famously known for playing the role of a security guard in the comedy series Papa Shirandula. His character brought to light the challenges and struggles faced by the guards in the city in a humorous way.

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We featured him in one of our documentary series called Stori Yangu and this is what some people we interviewed will remember him for:

  • His love for God
  • He was a father figure
  • How disciplined he was and how he took a strong stand for the rights of his people
  • For being among the pioneers of local productions and made people believe that being an artist can pay
  • How he nurtured different talent
  • How sober he was both on and off-screen

Here’s how his fans reacted to his passing






Bukeko was buried on Monday at his home in Busia. Maisha Magic East takes this opportunity to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Power Papa Shirandula. ?