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One can say acting has always been in Serah’s blood as she won her very First award while in Primary school: Class five as the best actress in the National Drama Festivals. She recently won the Best Lead Actress during the 2011 Kalasha Awards for her role in award winning film The Rugged Priest, where she played the role of Alice, a lead actress in the controversial film.

Serah Ndanu holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Management and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and is currently enrolling for Masters Course in Strategic Management at the United States International University (USIU).

Serah has also featured in local series, ’Nairobi Law’ as Tocara (An intern in a law firm) and in ’Briefcase Inc.’, as a featured guest. She was also a lead cast in short film called ’Conflicted Successions’ which was nominated in the Kalasha awards 2011, short film category. Answering questions fielded by the Film Biz Africa Magazine editor, she revealed that she was working on a documentary produced by the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya as a lead cast. The aim of the documentary is to empower women and young girls, and to stand up for women who have been or still are in abusive marriages. She also worked on an action film which was shot sometime in March 2012 and a family drama series that premiered at the end of February 2012. Currently, you can catch her on "Noose of Gold".

Speaking on challenges, Serah says that, “It appears as though some people cannot differentiate between a person on the screen and a person in reality. It is so hard to make them believe that everything they see on television is scripted. That is the biggest challenge I have faced. When I played “Tocara“ (A young intern in a law firm) in Nairobi Law, people thought I am that uptight girl who is so serious about life and a female chauvinist, which is contrary to what I really am. I also remember while on the set of ’the Rugged Priest’, Alice, my character, was meant to fall in love with a priest who would later impregnate her and he would be forced to abandon priesthood and become a husband. It was so hard to play this role, as people took it too seriously. Thereafter, I received all sorts of criticism from viewers, that they wondered how I could make a “man of God“ backslide! Nevertheless, when I get all sorts of reactions from my performances, I am convinced that I am bringing out the character well. So I take it all positively.“

Serah’s motto in life is “Be like a stamp, stand your ground till you make it!“ This motto is what keeps her going. She asserts that she does not give up easily because of her belief that nothing is impossible no matter how hard it may be to achieve. Her family and close friends also play a big role in her life. They support her and have molded her to become whom she is today, she therefore takes their criticism positively.

Serah also has a passion for women empowerment. She wants to stand up for young girls, not only in Kenya but in the rest of Africa. Growing up as a girl has taught her a lot, and she is humbled to have a great family. She keeps asking herself, “what about those young girls who have no one to turn to, the rape victims, those who have undergone or have the fear of undergoing FGM (female genital mutilation), those who have been forced into early marriages, those who are being battered in relationships, those who cannot afford sanitary towels? Who is going to speak for them? Will someone wake up to do something about it? “And the answer is ME! I want to leave a legacy when my time comes, to give a voice to voiceless girls across Africa.“

Her advice to other young aspiring actors as she, is that just as any other career, it should be taken seriously. “Do not get into it ’for fun’. It requires hard work, discipline and commitment. You must have a passion for it, you must possess and embrace it. As an actor or an actress, you should know you are the mirror of the society, the way you carry out yourself, and interact with people matters a lot. Look glamorous always and learn how to network,“ she says.



Courtesy of FilmBiz Africa

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