News reports making rounds all over the social media has it that popular Kenyan actor and comedian, Charles Bukeko popularly known as Papa Shirandula is dead. The famous actor who graced Citizen TV for years was reported to have died of Covid-19. According to reports
the veteran actor was been pronounced dead while undergoing treatment at Karen Hospital.

Charles Bukeko was known for portraying the titular character in the television series Papa Shirandula, which he also created and won the 2010 Kalasha Award for Best Actor in a TV Series. He also appeared in the 2012 film The Captain of Nakara.

Bukeko was the firstborn of four children to parents Valeria Makokha and Cosmas Wafula. He was born in Buhalarire, Mumias, Kenya. Bukeko attended Jogoo Road Primary School and Upper Hill Secondary.

Bukeko is married to Beatrice Ebbie Andega and they have three children: Tony, Charlie and Wendy.

Born in humble family background in Buhalarire, Mumias, Western Kenya, he is the first child in a family of four, He had the responsibility to help my parents Valeria Makokha and Cosmas Wafula take care of my siblings.

Papa Shirandula went to Jogoo Road Primary School and Upper Hill Secondary.

Papa Shirandula featured in Fernando Meirelles’s excellent adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Constant Gardener. He also featured in the movie titled Malooned by Bob Nyanja where he played the role of a watchman.

In 2010 during the Kalasha Awards awards he won the Best Actor in a TV series while his programme Papa Shirandula won in the Best Comedy category

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