Thousands of mourners from different works of life gathered at Langata cemetery to pay their last respect to the departed veteran actor Benson Wanjau alias Mzee Ojwang.
Mzee Ojwang passed on two weeks ago after he succumbed to pneumonia at Kenyatta National Hospital. His funeral was delayed for what’s allegedly said to be hospital bills.
The entertainment industry lost a hero who left many Kenyans glued to television for over 30 years. The funeral procession began at Umash Funeral Home where his body was viewed by family and close friends.
It then proceeded to Kenya National Theatre where actors and actresses from different parts of the country gathered to send him off. They chanted songs of praise to the fallen hero.
The procession proceeded to Nyayo Stadium where Kenyan and prominent personalities had gathered. Dr. Hassan Wario the CS for Sports, Arts and Culture eulogised Mzee Ojwang’. The CS also came in place of President Uhuru Kenyatta who was unable to attend the Funeral.
“The history of art in the country would not have been well told without Vitimbi and Vitimbi itself would not have been complete without Mzee Ojwang’,” said Dr Wario.
The President termed Ojwang’ as legend who effortlessly taught throughout his all career. “Ojwang’ taught without sounding preachy and entertained without becoming trivial. He devoted his life to the development of his legendary character. He and his colleagues memorably demonstrated that the finest hearts of entertainment does not have to shed its social problems,” read part of the President’s speech.
“National holidays will suffer the loss of a long-standing figure of unstinting reliability in delivery. The entertainment industry will grieve a man of simple but ferocious loyalty to his trade, an inspiration and role model to countless aspiring stars, and a pillar of the industry. Family television will not be the same without the promise of Mzee Ojwang regaling the nation with his antics.” he added.
Other personalities who attended the burial including the flamboyant Nairobi County Senator, Mike Sonko, Comedian Churchill, Jalang’o, Walter Monga’re Vitimbi crew, Alex Mwakideu among others.
The body was then taken to Langata Cemetery for final send off. He is survived by his wife, Augustus Wanjiru Wanjau, two children: Patricia Njeri and Michael Karira, and two grandchildren: Benson Wanjau and Philip Mwaura.