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Shirleen Wangari

Acteur/trice, Poète


Shirleen started acting in high school, and then proceeded to act at Phoenix Players Theatre for two years. It was then that she made her screen debut in a high school drama playing a naughty school girl, ‘Shish’ on Citizen Television’s Tahidi High.

After a long successful stint on the show she moved on to do MTV’s Shuga as a confused country girl led astray by the glitz of the city.

She also starred in the international hit The First Grader which was shot in Kenya and a based on the life of Kimani Ng’ang’a Murage. She has continued to act actively and her most recent roles are on the films Wazi FM and ‘The Next Filmmaker’; an MNet original film.  She says her acting influences include Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie




The actress has also been actively engaged in poetry, this year, after the launch of her Facebook page where she shares her work in the form of photographs with poems. Blackwell’s poetry contest launched its first edition in March 2014 with over thirty poems being submitted. She states that she started the competition with the vision of promoting Kenyan poets by giving them a platform and incentive to showcase their work. 



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