Pepeta Star Brahim Ouma Says Young Actors Need More Opportunities: “It’s About Time”
Actor Brahim Uma, 21, spoke out in anticipation of his big moment on screen.
Brahim Ouma as Pepeta
The young man was presented in a number of commercials, short films and minor roles in such TV shows as “Famous”.
He got his biggest role in Pepeta, last Showmax Original, where he plays the protagonist Junior, a boy only 17 years old.
“As a future actor, I'm very humble to get this role because so many good young actors auditioned for it,” Brahim said.
When casting for Junior was done, fifty young actors turned to audition, a process that took 14 days to find the perfect shape, said Pepeta casting director Charles Uda.
“We knew Brahim had something special when he came to the call back. He took the direction well and constantly worked on the life and journey of his character.
He was willing to do the work and even develop his character's relationship with everyone he had to interact with on screen.”
Pepeta is full of bright young actors between the ages of 12 and 25 who, like Brahim, get their first shot in a major production. For the likes of Eric Aswani, a 23-year-old footballer who dreams of becoming a professional, Pepeta is their first ever acting role.
For them, this is their chance to prove themselves in an industry that has sometimes been accused of recycling the same faces.
“I think it's about time. The younger generation has something to bring to the table – creativity, energy and perseverance. And on behalf of the young future actors, I couldn't have been happier to be a part of this journey. We have a lot to learn, but so far so good.
More young people should be empowered, not just actors. We also have amazing young directors and screenwriters,” Brahim said.
Brahim repeated the words of other young actors such as Foy Wambui. After interviewing along with her highly regarded role in Crime and Justice, she previously stated that she has many great young talents in it. Kenya.
“Now more than ever, there are more opportunities for young, new actors and those who have been working in the industry for a long time. The industry is hospitable, but only disciplined young actors will survive and thrive.”
Pepeta is based on a true story, but even in such cases, it's rare for actors to get the chance to interact with the people they're playing on set.
For Brahim, it was a different story, as Harun “Rio” Vatari, the footballer on which Pepeta's story is based, was on set almost daily during the show's six-month filming.
“It was a magical experience. I had to watch him and see him walk and talk, just to learn a few things about him every day.
We also filmed in real places where the events that took place in Rio's life took place, and it just brought a real feel to both the characters and the story.”