Born in 1989 in Eldoret and raised in Mombasa, Brenda Wairimu is a famous Kenyan actress, model and hostess who is known for roles in various television shows including the MTV hit series Shuga 2, the first East African soapie opera-MALI, Changing Times, as well as M-Net’s Kona and the drama series Monica.
As far as movies go, she was the executive producer for and starred in Kenya’s first romantic comedy Disconnect, which was received with critical acclaim. Brenda portrayed the lead role in the internationally award-winning film Subira, for which she won the coveted title of best actress at the 2018 Kalasha Awards.
A firm supporter of the arts as well as young people, she encourages aspiring actors to share monologues on social media using the hashtag #TheatreThursday. The aim is to showcase talent online to make these performers more visible to directors, producers and casting agents while at the same time, honing skills.
In 2011, Brenda, as the face of the initiative, got involved with Computers for Growth, whereby underprivileged scholars and students are provided with computers as well as the necessary training to build skill and equip them to compete successfully in the job market.
She also spearheaded the project Cool 4 Skool to raise much-needed funds to provide vulnerable young females in rural and slum areas with re-usable sanitary towels, in a bid to keep these young women in school and to encourage them to improve their grades. This programme also offers mentorship and motivational talks to youngsters to inspire them to work extra hard to achieve their goals.
Brenda says her motto is: “Always BE…believe, begin, become!”
She holds an undergraduate degree in International Business Administration with a minor in media, from the United States International University-Africa, situated in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.