Kenya is home to some of the most talented entertainers in the African continent. Over the years local television shows including Churchill Show and the likes have afforded us front row seats to some of the best talents in the country.
In this article, WoK takes a look at the life of KBC’s award-winning sitcom, Classmates actor, Khaleed Abdul alias Farah. In sharing his story, WoK looks to inspire the young generation and upcoming entertainers that nothing is impossible.
Khaleed Farah Abdul is an award-winning comedian, actor, and pastoralist. He has featured in a number of televisions shows including Churchill Show.
Background & Education
The actor celebrates his birthday on August 7. He was born in Maralal, Samburu County and is the last born in a family of eight. He grew up ins a single-family after losing their father at a tender age.
“My birthday is on the 7th of August, they call us the bomb-blast babies hehe,” he shared during an interview with WoK on Thursday, March 17, 2022.
Residence & side hustle
Farah resides in Pangani. That is until he completes constructing his house.
The actor is a pastoralist and sells camel produce.
“Back at home I ride Camel’s but in Nairobi, I have an old Nissan pathfinder,” he told this writer.
Rise to fame
Farah sold five camels to fund his travel expenses to Nairobi for an audition.
“My parents were not happy and they didn’t take it lightly but I did it anyway because I believe in taking risks,” he stated.
The actor notes that his rise to the top has more to do with determination than fate.
“I have put in hours of work, sacrifice and research to be where I am today,” he said.
Farah notes that his consistency in providing innovative content is what sets him apart from other creatives. He thinks outside the box.
“It was a major turn of events in my career, from there I got various endorsements and brand ambassador job,” he revealed.
Here is a Q & A
WoK: Nowadays, actors are reaping a fortune from online platforms, how are you exploiting this opportunity?
Farah: I’ve opened a YouTube channel too hoping that if all goes well I will be among those that are reaping a fortune.
WoK: What is the most horrible prank you have ever had in your life?
Farah: We were in the middle of a shoot on my birthday, and a lady bumped in claiming that I had impregnated her and refused to take responsibility. It was the worst two minutes of my life.
WoK: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Farah: I get my inspiration majorly from my late father, He always says when you help, Allah always reward you with a double.
WoK: What memorable experience can you recall out of your acting career?
Farah: Me winning Kalasha international award in 2015 is the most memorable event in my life.
WoK:What plan do you have in building yourself career-wise?
Farah: Am working on a number of projects, and hopefully, by December Insha Allah everything will be ready.
WoK: Most Kenyan actors are broke, what do you think is wrong?
Farah: Actors live beyond their means and our industry is not so welcoming, especially for newcomers.
WoK: Is Khaleed Abdul married? and how does your family relate with your career?
Farah: Everyone is single until you get to 16: for better, for worse, for richer, for poor, so until I get there.
WoK: How best should actors and comedians manage their resources for purposes of financial security?
Farah: Just invest in meaningful ventures
WoK:Your parting shot…
Farah: Alhamdulilah it is what it is.