Steven Kanumba

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Steven Kanumba
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Born Steven Charles Kanumba
(1984-01-08)8 January 1984
Shinyanga, Tanzania
Died 7 April 2012(2012-04-07) (aged 28)[1]
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Cause of death Brain Concussion
Residence Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Other names Kanumba The Great
Education University of Dar es Salaam by Dr. Nyoni, Jitegemee Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Occupation Actor, singer, writer, director, producer, comedian
Known for Kanumba
Title Steven Kanumba.
Religion Christian

Steven Charles Kanumba (8 January 1984 – 7 April 2012) was a Tanzanian actor and director. Kanumba died in 2012 at the age of 28 and 20,000 people attended his funeral. (Some sources estimated the total to be 30,000). He was described as "Tanzania's most popular film star"[2] and appeared in Nollywood films.

Early life[edit]

Kanumba was born into a Sukuma family in the Shinyanga Region in Northern Tanzania.[3] His father was Charles Kanumba and his mother was Ms. Flora Mutegoa.[1] Kanumba had two older sisters. Kanumba began his studies at Bugoyi Primary School and continued with his secondary studies at Mwadui Secondary School, later transferring to Vosa Mission Secondary School.[4] 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 give him adv and further connection to his career appeared in Dar 2 Lagos, a film by Mtitu Game that used both Tanzanian and Nigerian actors and crew.[5] He also appeared in such films as She is My Sister, This Is It, and Love Gamble. In 2009, The production of Prince Matenga Patrick he was a special celebrity guest on Big Brother Africa 4. In 2011, he was named an Oxfam GROW Ambassador.[6] Shortly before his death he had been preparing for his first Hollywood film role[1] although he was already "Tanzania's most popular film star"[2] and appeared in Nollywood films.


Kanumba died after he fell down in his bedroom on 7 April 2012, apparently from a blow to the head.[7] His 18-year-old girlfriend, Elizabeth Michael Lulu was questioned and charged.[4] Kanumba was taken unconscious to Muhimbili National Referral Hospital where he was declared dead.[2] His funeral was attended by around 30,000 people including the first lady of Tanzania, Salma Kikwete,[8] The Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal, and the minister for culture and sport, Emmanuel Nchimbi.[9] He was buried in Kinondoni Cemetery.[1]



  • Jahazi
  • Dira
  • Zizimo
  • Tufani
  • Sayari
  • Taswira
  • Gharika
  • Baragumu


As actor[edit]

  • Haviliki
  • Neno
  • Ulingo
  • Riziki
  • Sikitiko Langu
  • Dangerous Desire
  • My Sister
  • Penina
  • Cross My Sin
  • A Point Of No Return
  • The Lost Twins
  • The Stolen Will
  • Village Pastor
  • Magic House
  • Oprah
  • Red Valentine
  • Family Tear
  • The Movie’s Director
  • Fake Smile
  • Unfortunate Love
  • Hero Of The Church
  • Saturday Morning'
  • Shauku
  • Crazy Love
  • 2006 Johari[5]
  • 2006 Dar 2 Lagos[5]
  • 2010 More Than Pain
  • 2010 Young Billionare
  • 2010 "Ripple of tears"
  • 2010 Uncle JJ
  • 2010 This Is It
  • 2010 Off Side
  • 2011 Deception
  • 2011 Devil Kingdom
  • 2011 The Shock
  • 2011 Moses
  • 2012 big daddy
  • 2012 because of you
  • 2012 neno la mwisho

2012 Ndoa Yangu 2012 Love & Power(final movie)

As director[edit]

  • Mr Bahili
  • Kaka Benny
  • Lango La Jiji
  • Papara
  • Super Model
  • 2010 Young Billionare
  • 2010 Mor


  • 2006 Best Actor of the Year
  • 2007 Best Actor in Tanzania Award
  • 2007/2008 Best Artist of the Year Award


  1. ^ a b c d Songa wa Songa (9 April 2012). "Fresh revelations in Kanumba death probe". The Citizen Daily. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kanumba funeral: Thousands mourn Tanzanian actor". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Lulu charged with Kanumba’s murder". The Citizen. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Saur, Mahir; et al. (2010). Viewing African Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Art Films and the Nollywood Video Revolution. Ohio University Press. p. 86. 
  6. ^ "Steven Kanumba on Oxfam's GROW campaign in Tanzania". Oxfam East Africa. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Farewell Kanumba The Great: Photos from the escort and final mass at Leaders Club". Bongo 5. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Kanumba laid to rest, Mohammed Ugasa, 11 April 2012

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