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.
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.
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.
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.