We know her as Charity, the terrible on screen mother in law.
But Elizabeth Wanjiru, better known as Charity of Citien TVs local drama Mother in law is no such thing.
She has been in the acting industry for 11 years.
In an interview with Radio Jambo on Ilikuaje segment with Massawe Jappanni, Charity narrated her journey to stardom.
ACTING HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE. I USED TO ACT FROM MY DAYS BACK AT ALLIANCE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS TAUGHT BY MY HEADMISTRESS WHO USED TO TEACH ENGLISH AND LITERATURE. BASICALLY, I GOT MY ACTING SKILLS FROM ALLIANCE AS I USE TO PERFORM IN SEVERAL PLAYS.
Adding about her role in the TV series, she said
THE DIRECTORS WANTED SOMEONE WHO COULD PLAY A DIFFERENT ROLE AND HE FOUND OUT ABOUT ME IN A BOOK TITLED MUTU. I ACTED AS MUTU’S SECOND DAUGHTER AND AFTER READING IT, THAT’S HOW THE DIRECTOR GOT TO KNOW ABOUT ME. MY NAME WAS IN THERE,’ SHE SAID.
The 77-year-old actress is a staunch Christian and choir member at one of the PCEA churches in the city.
She also spoke of how her marriage to a Ugandan national ended, separating in the 80’s. He is said to have walked away with children and tried unsuccessfully to gain ownership of their matrimonial home.
Ms Wanjiru said her estranged husband abandoned her in 1981 after 13 years of marriage.