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Meet Bruce Makau

31 May 2021
He is an award-winning actor and director.
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Bruce Makau is an experienced professional actor based in Nairobi Kenya. He has appeared in various films, advertisements, and stage plays. Currently, he plays Jabali, a ruthless man with a soft heart on the telenovela Kina. He is also self-assured, ambitious, and totally loyal to his Auntie Nana Tandala.

Prior to joining Kina, Makau also appeared on the following Maisha Magic shows Selina, Monica, and Ma Empress. He has also directed Monica, Nganya, Varshita and Auntie Boss.

His career

Makau began his career in 2004 in church but later moved to Phoenix Players where he debuted as a supporting actor in his first professional play An Enemy of the People written by Henrik Ibsen in 2005. Later he was cast as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet diversifying his character portfolio and adding to his wealth of experience. He further expanded his stage play repertoire when he worked with the Heartstrings Ensemble Theatre while studying at Mass Communication at the Maseno University.


In 2015, Makau played nine different characters in John Sibi Okumu’s play Kaggia for which he won the coveted Sanaa Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Four years later, he won the same again for his portrayal of a hospice psychiatrist in Impervious, a show that was staged by the Back-to-Basics Theatre and celebrated by writer Biko Zulu.

Catch Jabali on Kina every Monday to Friday at 8 pm only on DStv 163 or stream it on Showmax.