Impact: Performing Arts
He has rubbed shoulders with Hollywood A list of actors like Bruce Willis , Leonardo De Caprio amongst others. He has starred in Blockbuster movies like Tears of The Sun, God's NOT Dead and Inception. Benjamin A. Onyango and standing six feet one, he cuts an imposing figure on screen whether playing the tortured former Ghanian army captain exiled to the US in the movie Kwame, as Colonel Emanuel Okeze in Tears of the Sun or as the visiting African missionary Reverend Jude in God's NOT dead. In 2009 he won Grand Jury Award for Best Actor in Kwame. Before Hollywood came knocking, Benjamin Ochieng was in the technology industry having graduated from California State University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a diploma in Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering from Integrated Digital Technologies (IDT). Benjamin takes great pride in having survived the transition from Kenya to the States. It was not easy he admits. He arrived in the US alone with no support system. He struggled to pay his way through college barely surviving in a world that was strange to him then. He admits he got caught up in the credit card and bills hand- to mouth situation and that it took him a long time to learn how to spend and save money. He wants others to avoid the same pitfalls for they stay with you a long time. He regrets not being able to build his mother a home back in Kenya before she passed.
Besides acting Benjamin oversees a summer and winter camp in Van Nuys California which he started with his wife to help children with special needs,especially youths on the Autism Spectrum, transition well from high school to college through music,dance and drama. For more information on the camp visit http://www.upendolearningcenter.org
His advice to young men, "Anything is possible if you don't give up no matter how bad the situation is. Persistence is Key to success." As we look forward to God's NOT Dead 2 in April 2016, Men impact change would like to salute Benjamin Ochieng for Impacting the world through film and for being a role model worth emulating!