By Solomon Muleyi
To many Ugandans, Shaban Senyange is just another lanky chap with a “lugezi gezi” grin. He is, to the girl next door, the guy who walks about with unkempt beards. He looks ordinary, and he is. You will ignore him because he looks like he was born somewhere in the slums of Makerere where people don’t shower because water is used sparingly.
To the viewers of Urban TV, he is the mysterious chap who is still grappling with his craft. Trying out different programs as he tries to carve something unique to sell on TV. He is presenting a music show today and a totally different one tomorrow. And the day after that tomorrow, he will (on Urban TV) be chilling with chimps and learning their accent. He is that kind of guy. A guy on a wild goose chase with his niche. One looking for the one thing that will usher him to his breakthrough.
But like many Ugandans, he is not about to figure his way out of that conundrum. Because he left it in Malaysia.
During his time as a student at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia school, he was handpicked to star in the famous American NetFlix series, Marco Polo. And when you see the confidence he exudes during those seconds on screen, you will want to slap him and tell him to go to Hollywood and pursue a career as an actor.
The Kampala Sun can reliably reveal that he featured in Episode 5 titled “Hashshashin” that was directed by Daniel Minahan (who has also worked on projects like: Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, True Blood, The Newsroom, Grey’s Anatomy, among others).
“In this episode i feature as a wealthy African merchant on the Silk Road.” He said when asked to disclose details about the movie. Before adding; “A friend of mine at the university was contacted for a role in the series, he told me about it and asked me to send non-edited photos of myself. After i was selected, i went for the fitting and later that week we did the filming in Malaysia at Pinewood studio. I was thrilled to work with Daniel because i am a huge fan of Game of Thrones. Even with the high level of professionalism, they really make u feel at home. “