Veteran Kenyan actor and comedian Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula from his character on a Citizen TV show by the same name, has died.
Confirming the news, the family said Bukeko – a firstborn in a family of four — died on Saturday morning at Karen Hospital after a short illness. He was aged 58.
The 58-year-old Bukeko (pictured) rose to fame when he was cast to play the role of Papa Shirandula in the popular TV series Papa Shirandula which aired on Citizen TV.It is this show that made him a household name in Kenya and earned him the name Papa or Papa Shirandula.Since then, he has appeared in several other TV shows such as The Captain of Nakara (2012).Papa has also appeared in numerous big-time commercials across the world including Coca Cola and GOTV.He is survived by wife Beatrice Andega, and three children namely Tony, Charlie and Wendy.
He leaves behind a wife, Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and three children; Tony, Charlie and Wendy.