Renowned actor Charles Ouda, recognized for his diverse roles, shared what would be his final moments during a wrap party for the TV show ‘Salem’ on February 3, 2024.
The event, a celebration of the cast and crew’s collective efforts, turned into an unexpected farewell as Ouda passed away later that night.
Captured in a video by a fellow actor, Ouda’s last message exuded cheerfulness and confidence.
His heartfelt speech emphasized the challenges and triumphs they faced together, highlighting the strong bond forged through their shared love for storytelling.
Charles’ Message to Friends
“Some of us survived a year some of us survived 2, some of us survived more, but as we survived, I would ask us to remember one thing – we survived, we are here,” he said.
The video has since become a moving reminder of Ouda’s zest for life and his profound connection to the arts.
In his final documented message, he stressed the importance of staying strong, being creative, and sticking together during tough times.
“The inches we fought for, the loves we lived, the everything. I would ask that we love each other as we move forward. I ask that we understand that it’s no longer their industry it is ours,” he said.
His passing shocked and saddened the Kenyan arts community and people nationwide.
Tributes came pouring after the family announced his sudden demise with celebrities and fans sending their condolences to the bereaved.
Jackie Matubia’s Tribute
Jackie Matubia, who acted alongside Charles Ouda in the ‘Salem’ series on Showmax, shared her deep sadness on Instagram. They played lovers on the show and were also close friends in real life.
Jackie posted videos from the day before, showing them laughing together, not knowing what would happen next.
In her posts, she expressed shock and sadness about Charles suddenly being gone. She remembered his lively personality and love for life, finding it hard to believe he’s no longer with us.
“Just yesterday, you were so full of life, Charlie. I didn’t think I would be recapping this day like this. It’s so painful. I just want to sleep and wake up and find you have sent me 20 reels and call me J,” she wrote.
Charles Ouda Legacy
Charles’ last message stands as a powerful reminder of his lasting impact, not just as a skilled actor but as a source of positivity and inspiration.
While the arts community mourns the loss of this shining star, they also celebrate Charles Ouda’s life and contributions.
His hopeful and wise final words are sure to inspire generations of artists, reflecting his belief in the transformative force of storytelling.
Following his passing, Ouda’s family and fiancée, former BBC journalist Ciru Muriuki, are asking for privacy as they navigate this challenging period.
Nonetheless, the family is yet to share details about his death and plans to commemorate his life.