The Kenyan entertainment industry is grappling with the sudden loss of Charles Ouda, a versatile actor, director, and scriptwriter, who passed away at the tender age of 38. Ouda, a luminary in the Kenyan arts scene, was known for his roles in “Makutano Junction,” “The First Grader,” and “Count It Out,” among other notable projects. His untimely demise on the night of February 3, 2024, has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving fans and colleagues mourning the loss of a prodigious talent.
Ouda’s journey in the arts was marked by his passion and dedication to storytelling, earning him accolades such as the Best Director title at the 2016 Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shoot Out and multiple awards from the NYC Indie Film Awards. His engagement to Ciru Muriuki, a former BBC Africa presenter, had been a beacon of joy, with the couple sharing their love story publicly in September 2023.
However, the circumstances surrounding Ouda’s death have raised more questions than answers. Homicide detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have taken over the probe, visiting the scene in Westlands, Nairobi, to unravel the mystery of his final moments. The possibility of suicide is among the angles being investigated, with an autopsy planned to determine the cause of death.
In the wake of this tragedy, friends and colleagues have come forward with poignant recollections of Ouda’s last day. Jackie Matubia, a close friend, shared videos of their final moments together, depicting a man full of life and laughter, making the news of his passing all the more heart-wrenching.
As the investigation continues, the Kenyan arts community and Ouda’s fans worldwide are left to ponder the legacy of a man who brought so much to the stage and screen. His contributions to Kenyan cinema and theater, his advocacy for storytelling as a tool for education and change, and his unwavering commitment to his craft will not be forgotten.
Charles Ouda’s passing is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the profound impact one individual can have on the lives of many. As the entertainment industry pays tribute to his memory, the mystery of his final act remains unsolved, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew him and admired his work.