Soul rooted in Eldoret and raised in MOMBASA,KENYA,#CreatepreneurAfrica Brenda Wairimu, captivates audiences in her riveting character portrayals that will make audiences either love her to bits,or venomly hate her.... Her acting debut kicked off in 2009 as Shareefah on a well known Kenyan television series Changing Times. She later featured in some of biggest shows in Kenya and beyond.....
She holds undergraduate degree in International Business Administration and minor in media, from the United States International University-Africa
In addition, Her career blossomed as the executive producer and actress in a Kenyan romantic comedy Disconnect, featured on Netflix
Brenda Wairimu played the lead role in the award-winning feature film Subira , and took on the best actress 2018 Kalasha Awards.
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Meet #CreateprenuerAfrica Brenda Wairimu…Kenya’s leading actress
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
The desire to tell stories, African stories, truthfully and authentically. I want our stories to spread all over the world, in their vibrant color and cultural richness.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I think I have always known, I just didn’t know I knew. I would lie under the bed in my parents room and watch movies on their black and white TV, and I would be lost in the stories for hours on end. But I only started following said passion out of necessity. I was broke in university, tired of burdening my mother for upkeep, and then I saw an audition alert on Facebook, for the biggest show in Kenya at the time, 7 hours and 800 people later, I got a part! And that was the beginning of my journey.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
I get to live 1000 lifetimes, I play roles that take me out of myself, it’s the most wonderful escape.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Necessity! I had to take care of myself, my mother was a single woman with 5 children, it was time to pull my own weight.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
When I was 21, my first acting gig. It was so much money to me at the time. My father was going through dialysis twice a week, and by the grace of God, I was able to help pay for them. It was the biggest blessing.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Right now, my daughter and little brother. No matter how many no’s, or the mistreatment that comes with some working environments, you find a way to keep going, it’s all for them now.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
Knowing that I have these two small humans that depend on me, they never asked to be born, yet we brought them here, it’s only right that we do all we can to make their lives that much more easier than ours was. I am terrified of being a burden to someone, I want to always be self-sufficient.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
That my God, my Ancestors, they have never failed me, and in my infinite thanks to them…they never will.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
To remain true to themselves and the journey they want to embark on, and if you ignore all other advice, atleast always remain consistent….put out work, audition for work, work with honor and integrity, and try your absolute best, to remain grounded and respectful even as success follows you.