July 12th 2015: -Kenyan actor Benson Wanjau alias Mzee Ojwang died Sunday evening on July 12th 2015 at the Kenyatta National Hospital where he had been admitted. Mzee Ojwang is said to have been suffering from Pneumonia. The actor who has played key roles in local programmes Vitimbi, Vioja Mahakami, Vituko and Kinyonga among others had disappeared from Television screens for a long time, leaving his fans questioning his whereabout.
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Things You Didn’t Know about Mzee Ojwang || Benson Wanjau Biography
Mzee Ojwang was born Benson Wanjau in 1937 in then Nyeri district.
Veteran TV comedian Mzee Ojwang real name is Benson Wanjau .The stage name Ojwang’ came from a “good friend” of the comedian who upon retiring asked him not to forget him.
Benson Wanjau attended CMS primary in Pumwani, Nairobi, and as a pupil his favourite subject was mathematics.
Benson Wanjau out of Form Two due to financial constraints.
Mzee Ojwang is married to Augusta Wanjiru and together they have two children –Patricia Njeri and Michael Karira. His family and that of Mama Kayai (Mary Khavere) are good friends in real life.
Mzee Ojwang worked as a technician at Mater Hospital for four years. Before then, he had worked at White Rose Dry Cleaners in Industrial Area. He started acting for Darubini on Voice of Kenya (now Kenya Broadcasting Corporation) in 1980. The programme was discontinued in 1985 when Vitimbi started airing.
Date of Birth: 1937
Full Name: Benson Wanjau alias Mzee Ojwang
Place of Birth: Kenya
Education: CMS Primary
Marital status: Augusta Wanjiru
Children: Patricia Njeri, Michael Karira
Died: July 12th , 2015