Annrita: Daughter of reformed bank robber John Kiriamiti -The untold story -
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Annrita: Daughter of reformed bank robber John Kiriamiti -The untold story

As the daughter of reformed bank robber and renowned author, John Kiriamiti, I have always been familiar with the name Kiriamiti and its place in my country. Growing up, I was not always aware of my father’s fame, but as I got older, I began to understand that I was not born into a regular family. As a young girl, I was constantly getting attention from my peers, and it was only then that I became curious about my father’s reputation.

I remember being ten years old and stealing my father’s book, My Life in Crime, to understand the man the rest of the world saw. After reading it, I began to understand the name Kiriamiti and its place in my country. Having a famous father can be rather inconvenient, as you can never be quite as big a deal as he is, no matter the situation. But I cannot imagine being born anywhere else in the world. The biggest influence in my life has been my father, and this becomes more apparent the older I get.

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Growing up, my parents made sure that I knew I could be whatever I wanted to be. I have always had a passion for acting, and they supported me in pursuing this career. I have had the opportunity to work on quite a number of local productions, including a short film in remembrance of the Westgate terror attack victims. My highlight so far has been getting to work with Raymond Ofula on a short film titled Toba that showcases the troubles that face modern day relationships among young people. I am very passionate about the local film industry and believe it holds massive potential.

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When I am not in front of the camera, I am writing down scripts and film ideas. I like to mention to my dad that while I may not have any published books as of yet, I am still a working writer. I have a very active mind, and as a creative person, I feel that you should go wherever your mind takes you. It is the only way to discover the greatness within.

It may seem like I have my life all mapped out, but I have come to appreciate the unpredictability that comes with life. As a young person in my 20s, I feel there is pressure to have your life all figured out and to always know the next step. But I have found out the hard way that until you make peace with yourself and discover all that you are, you risk losing out on opportunities meant just for you.

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In conclusion, as Annrita Kiriamiti, I have had to answer two questions all my life – “Yes, that Kiriamiti,” and “No, Milly is not my mother.” But through it all, I have had the support of my family and have found my passion in the film industry. I am proud of my father’s legacy and am determined to make a name for myself in this industry.