Papa Shirandula Net Worth: Charles Bukeko, popularly known as Papa Shirandula, died on Saturday July 18. He died while undergoing treatment at the Karen Hospital after contracting the deadly coronavirus. “It is sad he didn’t make it out of the hospital alive. He had tested positive for Covid-19. We are devastated,” Shirandula’s brother-in-law Ronald Wanyama said. He added that Shirandula experienced difficulty in breathing before he was rushed to the hospital.
Following his death, Kenyans have come together to celebrate and mourn one of the most prominent actors and entertainers in history. Among the questions that have merged is what the actor was probably worth after years of a decorated career.
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Let’s begin with his career. Before he gained fame through his Papa Shirandula trade name, Bukeko used to do voice overs for radio. Although these voice overs did not earn him much, his first big pay in the entertainment industry was Sh. 30,000. He fame skyrocketed in 2001 when he starred in the popular Coca Cola advert that popularized the phrase, ‘Brrrr!’ It was estimated that he raked in a cool Sh. 15 million from this job alone. He later featured in a series of other multi-million advert by Vodacom which were estimated to have earned him some Sh. 10 million. He later did adverts for firms such as MultiChoice and Safaricom. Apart from his long running Citizen Tv show that employed some 1,500 people, Papa was also one of the most sought-after characters in local media advertising.
Papa Shirandula further starred in movies including:
- Constant Gardener
- The Captain of Nakara
- Makutano Junction
Following his long standing career, it is estimated that Papa Shirandula Net Worth was in excess of Sh. 50 million.
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Over the course of his career Papa Shirandula received multiple awards. During the Kalasha Awards which were held at KICC in the year 2010, he was awarded the Best Actor in a TV series. The TV series Papa Shirandula in which he was the star name won the Best Comedy category. He was married to Beatrice Ebbie Andega, and together they had three children; Tony, Charlie, and Wendy.
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Papa attended Jogoo Road Primary School for his primary school education, He then proceeded to Upper Hill Secondary, a Middle school in Nairobi, Kenya where he got his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE). He was 58 years old.