Renowned Kenyan actor and multi-talented artist, Charles J. Ouda, passed away on February 3, 2024, at the age of 38, leaving a void in the entertainment community. Ouda’s diverse contributions as an actor, writer, director, singer, TV host, and voice-over artist have left an enduring impact.

Who was Charles J. Ouda?

Charles Ouda (x/@thepemlinkee)

Charles Joseph Onyango Ouda, celebrated for his diverse talents, was a prominent figure in the Kenyan entertainment scene. As an actor, writer, director, singer, TV host, and voice-over artist, Oudas versatile contributions made a lasting impact.

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Growing up in the lively cultural atmosphere of the 90s, Ouda gained fame for his memorable role in the widely praised show, Makutano Junction. His charming presence and acting skills endeared him to audiences throughout Kenya.

Cause Of Death:

Following the unexpected passing of Charles Ouda, the circumstances surrounding his death remain undisclosed. The grieving family, facing this profound loss, has requested privacy and understanding during this difficult period.

In a heartfelt plea, the family has asked for respect and consideration for Charles’ fiancée and the larger Ouda family as they cope with the early stages of grief. The heavy impact of this loss prompts the family to seek the understanding and compassion of friends, colleagues, and well-wishers, allowing them the necessary time and space to mourn.


Starting his professional journey in 2002, Ouda showcased his talent across various theaters and films, portraying diverse roles. From roles like Tony in Boy Gets Girl to captivating performances in productions like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Balm in Gilead, Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party, The Iron Heel, and Out of Africa: Journey through Magical Kenya, Ouda displayed a remarkable ability to embody a spectrum of characters with finesse.

Ouda played a crucial role in the iconic TV series, Makutano Junction, where he was the lead for over 12 episodes and also contributed as a writer for select episodes. His creative prowess earned him the World Media Award for Education in 2010 for one of the episodes he penned.

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Charles J. Ouda’s unexpected departure has cast a somber atmosphere over the entertainment community. His legacy as a versatile artist, both on and off-screen, will be remembered fondly, and his impact on Kenyas entertainment industry will endure.