He has rubbed a section of Kenyans and musicians the wrong way with his repeated hardline stance on what comprises appropriate visual content for public consumption.
His latest controversial decision that ruffled feathers came earlier this week, when he banned popular club-bangers Wamlambez and Diamond Platnumz’s Tetema.
But behind that serious demeanor, the Kenya film board boss, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, is a man, who takes time off to enjoy what life has to offer – a good marriage, great children and great moments.
Dr Mutua is married to Jane Mutua, who they share two sons together.
The couple met when they were undergraduate students at Kenyatta University.
“So, when I went to university, I scored twice: I got my degree and found a beautiful girl. She was heading the Bible Study, I was heading the missions committee. So, we used to meet in the Christians’ Union,” Mutua told Citizen Television on Friday, August 30.
The KFCB chief says besides Jane’s enviable character, her level of intelligence also had him glued to her.
“She was bright, from Kenya High School, one of the top brains in Kenya,” said Mutua, adding: “She is now a director with one of the international NGOs in Kenya.”
The film board boss says he and Jane have enjoyed nothing but 22 years of a blissful marriage thus far.
“We are together, and are still going strong,” he said, adding: “I also slay. When I am not too serious, I can be a very serious husband.”
Dr Mutua, who was born and raised in Machakos, said certain stereotypes held by members of his Kamba community influenced his choice of a wife.
“I told my mum I am going to look for a Kikuyu girl. The region where those guys [members of Kikuyu community] live experiences rain throughout; they don’t have challenges such as famine, which was so rampant in our area [Ukambani],” said Mutua.
“See how some of those stories [stereotypes] influence children. Honestly, I used to believe that marrying a Kamba girl would condemn me to poverty, forever!” said Mutua.
The 52-year-old KFCB boss and his wife have two teenage sons.
“We are blessed with two children, Brian McKenzie and Joe Bagi. Brian is in college and Joe is a Class Eight candidate at Riara Group of Schools,” said Mutua.
Dr Mutua was appointed as the CEO of KFCB in 2015.
Prior to his appointment to the KFCB, he was the Secretary of Information at the Ministry of ICT, a post he had held from 2011.
Before that, he was the Director of Information and Public Communications in the same ministry (2007-2011).
He also served as the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Journalists (2001-2007).
Dr Mutua’s career in media was nurtured at the Nation Media Group where he worked as a journalist between 1994 and 2002, rising through the ranks from a trainee reporter to a reporter and later an editor.
He holds a PhD in Communication Studies from Moi University, an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration (Commonwealth University), a Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi and a BA in Sociology and Linguistics from Kenyatta University.
Dr Mutua has served as a Director in several State Corporations, including the Brand Kenya Board, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Media Council of Kenya and the Vision 2030 Secretariat.