KENNETH AMBANI - AN UNMISTAKALBE FACE ON KENYAN TELEVISION
Kenneth Ambani has been in the acting industry for over 20 years. Ambani is one of the most popular actors in Kenyan history and was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time. Other than acting, Kenneth works for a Government Parastatal, and is pursuing communications and public relations. He started his acting in Mombasa when he was still very young. His first role was in the TV play "Tushauriane" which won the Best actors Award at National Drama Festival. He then starred in the First English production that was aired on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in Mombasa called the "Fatemakers".
Later, he was recruited by the Government Parastatal in Nairobi. Kenneth then approached KBC in Nairobi and produced a couple of short stories that lasted for roughly over 45 minutes an episode called Theatre Special with a producer called Mwaitu Kiseu.
Kenneth went on to take the role of Baraza in the popular local drama in Kenya 'Tausi" which begun to raise his star in the acting career. Ever since Tausi, Kenneth has produced numerous commercials and feature films such as "Dilemma in Tanzania, "Naliaka" and "From A Whisper" where he played Inspector Abu. He has won several Awards as Best Supporting Actor in the Africa 2 Academy Awards 2009 and Best Actor in TAARIFA Film Festival.
He therafter acted in a series called "Maisha" and "Wingu La Moto". With several media houses coming up, he got to act in more serieses as "Makutano Junction" followed by "Sin" and MTV Shuga 2 after which he was selected to act in the popular M-Net South African Television series "Jacob's Cross" in Season7 as Detective Abasu. This took his acting career to a whole new level.
He also is a co-producer and an actor in "Noose of Gold."
His fans having a stron perception of him via his roles makes Kenneth assertive about his acting career as it motivates him to more.
Kenneth was motivated to go into acting when he won his first award in class 3 in Busia Township primary at a parent's day perfomance. Ever since, he has been on stage both singing and acting. When the producers of "Tusharuiane" spotted him and gave him a chance, it openned the doors for his ambitions as an actor. He believes that some day, hollywood status will come along.
Kenneth makes the most of his roles by researching on the role and what it entails. "Acting is not just walking on stage and saying your lines but the aspect of internalizing and playing, looking, feeling like that person and alter on you become part of that character" he says.
Kenneth is hopeful about the growth of the film industry in kenya in terms of quality productions and looks up to fellow actors as Raymond Ofula and Lizz Njagah.