SPOTLIGHT ON: DUNCAN "SIR RUNYU" MURUNYU
Duncan Murunyu is a professional Kenyan actor and writer most notably known as Kithinji in the K24 radio drama series titled Kelele FM. His character seems him play a bubbly and calculating upcoming musician seeking to have his music given airplay by the station, something that will ring home to the many struggling musicians in the entertainment industry.
Duncan’s highlights in his acting career has seen him be part of Cr8tives; a team of passionate filmmakers working and developing several short films in preparation for Sondeka Festival held in the same year with Creatives Garage. It was during this period that he co-wrote one short film, Cursed Lot and played Ben the lead. He also played the role of Ken (Lead) in another short film titled U – Turn. During this time he also worked as part of the development team that structured and wrote several other short films, all produced by Creative’s Garage.
He played the role of Agostino in the play Rivers in the Desert during the Presbyterian Youth Music and Drama festivals 2014. He received the Best Actors award during the competition. He also worked in the costume department and the team bagged the Best Costume award.
In 2012, during his Leadership Training with The Journey Community, he tried his hands at directing and directed his first short film The Bet, which went on to win the 1st position for best directing, best casting and best cinematography and editing. He played Duncan the lead; a project that he still holds dear.
Duncan Murunyu, known as Sir. Runyu, works with The Journey Community KU - a campus Christian community, to develop and shoot short films on different topics. He is highly involved in the pre-production and the production process, writing and casting as a well as acting.
He tried his hand at hosting when he run a show dubbed Debato with Journey JKUAT, and also played the host for a show, The Speak Up show while still in the same campus.
He has received professional film making and acting skills from Ms. Rachel Wainaina under Youth Film Platform in 2013. He however started acting back in Sunday school, bagging a Best Actors award. He later joined the Music and Drama club during his primary education. It is however in high school that he indulged into acting fully, performing at the music and drama festivals across the country, taking part in solo verses, narratives and choral verses and bagging awards and certificates along the way. It was quite a transformative period in his acting journey. He also attribute his public speaking prowess from his time in high school.
Duncan pursued a Bachelors degree in Computer Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, and went straight into film making.
Born on the 26th of June 1992, Duncan is a professional run way model, having graced several fashion events and won an Mr. OpenAccess 2012 1st Runners Up and Mr. JKUAT 2013/14 1st Runners Up.
Duncan likes to travel, watch movies, listen to music, swim, play porker, socialize, loves cycling, cook!
His greatest desire for his acting career? Make it a source of livelihood for him, as well as an inspiration for many.
By Gerald Langiri
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