The Kenya film industry is mourning the demise of one of its best, Olwenya Maina.
According to reports, Maina, who was best known for his roles in Taliya (2021), Poacher (2018 and most notably Nairobi Half Life (2012), collapsed and died on Monday.
He was also a voice actor at Radio Jambo and was the voice behind a number of their promos and announcements.
As Kenyans continue to pay homage to Olwenya, the actor’s family is expected to release a detailed statement on his passing.
On social media, several high-profile entertainers sent condolence messages to his family, lauding him as a special talent and a game-changer.
Below are some of the messages;
Maina Kageni: “We’ll miss you here at Radio Africa… among the very best voices in East Africa…. great actor, superb talent!!!! Recalling your outstanding role in the movie Nairobi Half-life… what a game-changer you were, big boss!!!!!!”
Nyakundi the Actor: “RIP Big Brother”
Heartstrings Entertainment: “Olwenya, your Final Curtain Call.Rest in peace, Talent.”
Vicky Magomere: “Ulikuwa mtu wa watu, a kinda unique soul, we talked over so many things, I learnt alot from you about theatre. Just Rest in power Olwenya. Am really shocked, u left sooooo soon.”