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Kanumba The Great
| Steven Charles Kanumba|
8 January 1984 (1984-01-08) Shinyanga, Tanzania
University of Dar es Salaam by Dr. Nyoni, Jitegemee Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Actor, singer, writer, director, producer, comedian
April 7, 2012, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Charles Kanumba, Flora Mutegoa
Steven Kanumba Wikipedia
Steven Charles Kanumba (8 January 1984 – 7 April 2012) was a Tanzanian actor and director. Kanumba died in 2012 at the age of 28. Over 30,000 people were estimated to have attended his funeral. He was described as "Tanzania's most popular film star", and appeared in Nollywood films.
Kanumba was born into a Sukuma family in the Shinyanga Region in Northern Tanzania. His father was Charles Kanumba and his mother was Flora Mutegoa. Kanumba had two older sisters. He began his studies at Bugoyi Primary School and continued with his secondary studies at Mwadui Secondary School, later transferring to Vosa Mission Secondary School. He joined Jitegemee High School for his high level education. He spoke three languages fluently: Swahili, Sukuma and English.
Kanumba began acting in the 1990s in church productions. In 2002, he joined the theater group Kaole Arts Group. He appeared in the television soap operas Jahazi and Dira and made his film debut in Haviliki. In 2006 he met Nazz who gave him advice and further connections for his career. He appeared in Dar 2 Lagos, a film by Mtitu Game that used both Tanzanian and Nigerian actors and crew. He also appeared in the films She is My Sister, This Is It, and Love Gamble. In 2009, he was a special celebrity guest on Big Brother Africa 4.
In 2011, Kanumba was named an Oxfam GROW Ambassador. Shortly before his death he had been preparing for his first Hollywood film role, although he was already "Tanzania's most popular film star" and appeared in Nollywood films.
Kanumba died after he fell in his bedroom on 7 April 2012, apparently from a blow to the head. His 17-year-old girlfriend at that time, actress Elizabeth Michael, also known as Lulu, was questioned. She denied causing the death of Kanumba. Kanumba was taken unconscious to Muhimbili National Referral Hospital where he was declared dead.
His funeral was attended by around 30,000 people including the first lady of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, and the minister for culture and sport, Emmanuel Nchimbi. Kanumba was buried in Kinondoni Cemetery.Jahazi