When veteran actor Charles ‘Papa Shirandula’ Bukeko died on Saturday, July 18 aged 58 on the Karen Hospital following a brief sickness, a loud deafening silence tore into the leisure trade. Its claws because it shrieked previous, rolling by in a ball of ache because the nation grieved of his passing might be felt tearing hearts. To many, information that the comic whose infectious character embodied excellence for over a decade and exemplified each grass to grace story had died, was past perception.
To his household, followers, and colleagues, the loss can by no means be put to phrases, neither can the sneakers he walked on as he paved the trade with tears and sweat as he trailblazed it for future generations, be stuffed. This rang true throughout his burial in Namisi-Bukeko, Funyula, Busia County on Monday, July 20. Many who spoke, together with his widow, Beatrice Andega, understandably struggled to search out phrases to weave and cusp the wind to epitomize the legend of Papa. Those that labored intently with him within the long-running Citizen TV sequence ‘Papa Shirandula’ whereby he performed a bigger than life safety guard dwelling a lie, has since his passing come out to precise their condolences and rejoice the position he performed within the success of their careers and for the warmness that he prolonged to all and the professionalism he instilled.
Taking to her Instagram account on July 25, Jacque ‘Wilbroda’ Nyaminde, his spouse within the present, Papa’s sudden passing shook her to the core. Wilbroda narrated that the actor was a real good friend, on-screen accomplice, mentor, neighbor, and nice uncle to her son. “Every week in the past on a day like this, at a time like this, I obtained a name that may keep on my thoughts for a very long time to come back. I stood on the grocery store dumbstruck, unable to maneuver. My coronary heart sank. I went to my automotive and cried out loud ‘Papa what have you ever achieved! What have you ever achieved!’ We had such massive plans for the way forward for leisure. We had even begun taking pictures of our manufacturing simply 2 weeks earlier than. And what a tremendous time we had on set! You had been so glad, excited, optimistic,” acknowledged Wilbroda.
Thanking Papa for giving her an opportunity, Wilbroda defined that she has suffered tragedy earlier than, however, his loss of life hit her arduous and went on to induce for a relook on how we reside, particularly on the understanding of the loss of life.” These previous three months we grew so shut. We sat collectively, created collectively, ate collectively, laughed collectively. Nothing might have presumably ready me in your loss of life. We had been certain we had numerous days, years collectively. I’ve by no means felt so deceived, so cheated…You bailed out identical to that…I noticed you on Wednesday and we spoke. My son noticed you on Friday night and also you spoke. And on Saturday morning you had been gone. I have been hit earlier than however, this hit me arduous. Thanks, Paps for seeing in me that which I hadn’t seen in myself and for giving me an opportunity…Safiri salama. All of us die. The purpose is to not reside eternally. The purpose is to create one thing that may,” she added.
Remembering Papa, Kiss 100 presenter and comic Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o, on his half, stated that the loss of life of his mentor was a bitter capsule to swallow. Opening up on his weekly YouTube present, Bonga na Jalas, with good friend Kazungu ‘Captain Otoyo’ Matano, Jalang’o disclosed that Papa is the one that handed him his signature moniker, Jalang’o. “We had been appearing Luo performs on the Nationwide Theatre for a while and sooner or later actor Inspekta Mwala (Davis Hezron Mwabili) calls and asks us to debut on his present, Inspekta Mwala,” stated Jalang’o. “Then we all of a sudden obtain one other name from Papa and he says he has a gig for us however just for one episode. We instantly go for the briefing. On arrival, Papa is there seated, carrying scripts.”
He went on: “There’s a character for somebody who can be named Jalang’o and one other one for Otoyo “Papa pointed at me randomly and stated ‘You can be Jalang’o, he then factors at my colleague and says ‘you can be Otoyo’, that is your scripts for tomorrow, familiarise with them. Your position is to welcome your sister, Wilbroda, for her marriage ceremony to Papa Shirandula. And identical to that. I grew to become Jalang’o for all times. I might have as effectively been Otoyo on the day and for all times. Any individual else might have been Jalang’o. Thanks Paps. Thanks for all the things. I’ll miss you a lot.”