By Frank Wambugu
Ogola has become a household name in Kenya and rightly so. The actor, whose real name is Fred Alvince Owiti Kasuku, plays a watchman in the TV drama series ‘Zora’ aired on Citizen TV. Before his grand entry in another Jiffy Pictures production, a company owned by Rashid Abdalla and Lulu Hassan, the funny man played the role of Nebuchadnezzar at The Real Househelps of Kawangware. And he was a darling to watch with his effortless jokes and it was only a matter of time before he would burst into a major role.
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The talented actor attended Mbita High School. He joined Kenyatta University after his O-levels where he pursued Bachelor of Education Science (Mathematics/Chemistry). Owiti is yet to graduate.
Owiti, who hails from Olando village, Suba district in Homa Bay County, started his acting journey while he was in high school. After Form Four, the actor joined Rabala Theatre in Homa Bay where he honed his skills as an actor. When he moved to Nairobi, he joined Thetrix Arts and later on Jicho 4 where he was a set-book actor.
“A few months later, I joined Culture Spills and acted in Luo dialect public shows at Kenya National Theatre. I also worked at Heartstrings Entertainment at Alliance Francaise, Renegade, Festival of Creative Arts (FCA) and many more,” the actor told Kenyans.
Kasuku has appeared on Comedy Arena, Churchill Show and his profile is set to grow if he maintains the same momentum. When he made his cameo on the Churchill Show, he proved his versatility as a comedian and an actor.
Auditioning for Zora
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He came to learn of Zora through fellow comedian Owago Onyiro who urged him to audition. As instructed, he sent a short clip via Whatsapp and was among those who were selected. He went on to ace the role of a watchman.
The role of Ogola, a watchman who mans Oliver’s home, was perfect for the actor. He said the role reminded him of a security guard “back at Mbita High School where I schooled. I, therefore, relate,” the actor shared with Kenyans.
Kasuku is seeing someone but opts to keep his relationship out of the public limelight.
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