It has been a year since celebrated Kenyans actor Charles Bukeko a.k.a Papa Shirandula passed away while receiving treatment at the Karen Hospital on July 18, 2020.

Family, friends and fans have hosted a memorial to mark the first anniversary of his death at Pride Inn Azure in Westlands.

Media personality Shix Kapienga spoke to Mpasho about the impact Papa Shirandula had in her life.

“Paps was always friendly more like a father figure to many artistes and he would want to spot talent and when he did, he gave you the opportunity. and was willing to help,” Shix explained. “That is why we are here to celebrate him.”The cast of TV show Papa Shirandula at the first memorial event at Pride Inn

 Shix also explained what Papa’s dream was for her talent and future plans.

“In my our situation, he helped me alot in terms of challenging me. He once asked me, ‘Why not do something with the youth? This is something you have to sit down and think about because you have to be consistent and be committed to it so that you don’t get to the middle and it fizzles out’.” 

She continued, “Above all that you have to ensure that it is something that helps and uplifts the youth and not something that just helps you financially.”

Shix was spotted by Papa after she made a debut on TV show Beba Beba and later was cast for a role on MTV Shuga before moving on to radio presenting.

The memorial is on going.

Courtesy Mpasho

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