BENSON WANJAU AKA MZEE OJWANG PASSES ON AT AGE 78.
Veteran legendary and perhaps one of the most iconic Kenyan actors, Benson Wanjau has passed on Sunday evening at approximately 7:30pm where he had been admitted due to pneumonia at the Kenyatta National Hospital where he had been admitted due to pneumonia.
His name and face have been become synonymous with the television comedy in the country. For over 30 years, Benson Wanjau Karira, who is popularly known as Mzee Ojwang Hatari has made many Kenyans laugh through his popular comedy show, Vitimbi, that is aired on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation every week.
He had taken a hiatus from our screens and was in the news recently after reports said that he was suffering from partial blindness.
Mzee Ojwang was born and raised in Makongeni by his parents who worked with the Kenya Railways. He learned sheng and how to be an entertainer in Eastlands where he lived for long.
Ojwang is widely traveled and in 2009, together with his Vitimbi wife Mama Kayai and other comedians, accompanied the Redykyulass comedy troupe to the United States during a Legend Tour.
The tour, which was organised by Redykyulass saw him entertain a number of his fans in different states. Vitimbi is probably the only comedy troupe that performs during public holidays, and at national functions.
He shall be remembered for his quote : “Artistes, especially comedians do not retire. They only step down.”
He leaves behind his wife Augusta Wanjiru and two children, Patricia Njeri, and Michael Karira and two grandsons.
Mzee Ojwang shall perhaps be remembered as one of the fore founders of the acting industry in Kenya.
REST IN PEACE MZEE OJWANG