Kenyan actor Wilfred Olwenya Maina, renowned for his role 'Oti' in the 'Nairobi Half Life' film, is dead.
Olwenya died on Monday, July 4, 2022, his friends in the entertainment industry confirmed.
Reports indicate that Wilfred Olwenya Maina, collapsed and was pronounced dead at a city hospital, where he was rushed for treatment.
The cause of his death is yet to be disclosed.
Besides his role in the 2012 crime film - Nairobi Half Life - Wilfred Olwenya Maina popularly known as 'Oti' featured in several other films, including 'Taliya', 'Poacher', 'Pendo' and 'Stories of Our Lives'.
He also worked as a voice-over artist at Radio Africa.
High-profile figures in the Kenyan film industry took to social media to mourn the man they described as highly talented.
Here are some of the reactions:
Reactions over Wilfred Olwenya Maina's death
"Young, so young, God, you know more than we do. Maina Wilfred Olwenya imeniumaaa waaaa ok.That great voice of Radio Jambo.Actor extra ordinaire.Superstar.Nairobi Half-Life. All the chuoms we met and the deep reasoning alaaaaa mzae yaani okay," Alliwah David, the founder of Theatrix Arts Ensemble, wrote on Facebook.
"This is a brother I have known. In fact, he was also in the car on the day of the accident. He told me we will be together…Yesterday His journey on earth was No more…Rest well, comrade. Love You," former Churchill Show comedian Paul 'Wakimani' Ogutu said while referring to an accident that killed his colleague Emmanue Makori better known as Ayeiya, in 2017.
'Mother-In-Law' actress Catherine Kamau alias Kate Actress said: "You've been constantly on my mind since we started filming with the African director reminiscing what great talent you are. Why? My heart is so heavy. Go well, bro. We shall meet again."
Classic 105 FM radio host Maina Kageni wrote: "We'll miss you here at Radio Africa... among the 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!"