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Clarice Otieno may not be known to many Kenyans and for a good reason too. She moved to Germany when pretty young to pursue, among other things, her acting and modelling career which seems to have blossomed to the great heights requiring recognition even back home.

See, when Clarice Otieno moved to Germany, she did not know what was in store for her and her acting career, but she decided to put her best foot forward and see how far this career will take her.

Clarice begun her acting career in Kenya and was a frequent face in ACK St. John’s Pumwani Church drama. She also had a stint in the famous Red Korna, which aired on NTV where she featured in three episodes alongside Maurice Ochieng aka Mudomo Baggy.

The 29 year old then ventured abroad as a plus size model in Germany and later on moved to USA as a model and actress.

Clarice Otieno

Clarice has been featured in both Nollywood and Hollywood films. She has acted alongside Lynn Whitfield,( Tyler Perry’s Family Reunion and Take the spotlight). She has also worked with Patrick Duffy, Linda Grey, Jordana Brewster, Josh Henderson, (Dallas Series) Ashley judd (Salvation)

In Nollywood films, Clarice has featured in movies with Nigeria’s popular actors and actress including: Van Vicker, Patience ozokwor aka mama G, Kalu ikeagwu, Chinedu ikedieze "Aki n Popo" among others.

She has been involved in several TV and film productions as an actress and assistant director, namely; Take the spotlight (as Bernice),  the story of Artie Rain, a Dallas, Texas film director who has been hired by two Dallas based African Film producers to direct a movie about human trafficking. Madison lane (as Tasha); A Romantic thriller centered on the life of Ashley Montgomery who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder. (DID). Dance in the storm, Dallas ( TV series where she played a junkie), Love and betrayal, The other  tribe and Salvation among others. She also took part in several theatre productions.

Having excelled TV and film, it was no wonder that Clarice got nominated for the Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA awards) 2015 for her role in "The Other Tribes", a film on tribalism in the Favorite Promising actress category directed by Kelechi Eke in Nigeria.  We are glad to announce that Clarice won the award and will be presented with the award in September in Los Angeles.

Clarice Otieno

The NAFCA Awards, are U.S. awards for achievements in the film industry and the NAFCA Honors are awarded to recognize outstanding individuals whose professional careers have been marked by extraordinary personal and professional accomplishments. Honorees and winners are awarded the NAFCA Trophies, officially the Award of Merit that is much better known by its nickname NAFCA.

The NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors are presented yearly during the second weekend in September. The NAFCA is designed to globally promote African Cinema and culture.

The 5th NAFCA and The NAFCA Honors 2015 awards will be held at the historic Orpheum Theatre of Los Angeles, California USA on the 12th of September.

Catch a glimpse of Clarice in action below:

By Gerald Langiri

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