For those who were born in the 80’s and probably the early 90’s, Vitmbi had grown to be a house hold name for good entertainment. Mzee Ojwang Hatari was one of the lead actors in the veteran comedy and was a favorite among many fans. Recently, he disappeared from the scene until yesterday when Mike Sonko went to see him at his house. Apparently, he had been ailing from partial blindness which prompted the generous Senator to take him to hospital where he is currently receiving treatment. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about him.
1. His real name is Benson Wanjau.
2. Mzee Ojwang does not speak Luo and is not Luo despite the accent he uses when acting.
3. He has literally lived a full life, he was born in 1937 in then Nyeri district.
4. He went to CMS primary in Pumwani, Nairobi.
5. He didn’t finish his high school neither does he have a college education. He dropped out when he was still in form two due to some financial constraints.
6. He is currently married to Augusta Wanjiru and they have two children, Michael Karira and Patricia Njeri.
7. Funny enough, his family and that of Mama Kayai (Mary Khavere) are very good friends.
8. He had worked at Mater Hospital as a technician for four years. Before getting into this career, he had worked at white rose.
9. Before acting in Vitimbi (1985), he was on a series called Darubini (1980) on Voice of Kenya.
10. The name Ojwang came from a fellow comedian whom before retiring had asked him never to forget him.