Nicholas Munene Mutuma (born 22 September 1988) is a Kenyan actor, model and television host. He has been acting professionally since 2008.
Born in Meru, Kenya, Nick Mutuma grew up in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, where he completed his primary school education at The International School of Tanganyika. It was during his early years that he discovered his love for performance arts, and would often participate in school plays. He joined Braeside School (Nairobi), where he completed his high-school education (O-level).
In 2005, he joined The United States University (Nairobi), graduating in 2010 with a Bsc. International Business Administration.
His first big break on Kenyan television came in 2008 when he was cast as "Luka", a young naïve college student living in poverty, who gets involved with an older woman, a "sugar mummy". The controversial role received mixed reviews from the general public.
In 2008, Nick Mutuma was also cast in MNETs first Pan-African drama series Changes, directed by Tosh Gitonga, for the role of Richard, a young man who learns that he was kidnapped from the hospital after being born. His is a journey of coming of age and seeking identity. Mutuma retained the role for three seasons.
His break-out role came in 2008 when he was cast for the drama series MTV Shuga (2008); directed by Teboho Mahaltsi, the show revolved around the fast lives of Nairobi youth and their risky sexual behaviour. The hit show launched the careers of a new crop of Kenyan actors, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Mutuma is the only cast member to have reprised his role for all four seasons (Kenya/Nigeria) of the show. The fourth season premiered in September 2015 and was directed by award-winning director Biyi Bandele. The fifth season MTV shuga down south premiered March 2017 with the character Leo acted by him still present. He is the only MTV shuga cast that has been present in all five seasons
In 2014, Mutuma starred in Zuku series State House, where he played the spoiled and stubborn son of the president of Kenya, who falls in love with the daughter of one of the staff. The show was directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
In 2016, Mutuma landed the role of Tomide in the hit Nigerian online series 'This Is It' Created, Written and Directed by LowlaDee (Dolapo Adeleke). The rom/com follows the first year journey of the young, clueless newlyweds, Tomide (Nick Mutuma) and Dede (Chiagoziem Nwakanma). This Is It began airing 13 September 2016 on LowlaDeeTV's YouTube Channel and shows across African broadcast stations. Nick Mutuma is widely praised for his performance in the critically acclaimed ongoing series.
In 2012, Mutuma was recruited in 1FMs events department, where he worked briefly as the station's promotions coordinator before being promoted to events manager. It was during this time that he explored other areas in radio and discovered his love for radio presenting. He hosted popular radio show The Chill Spot on 91.5 Hits from 2013 to 2015, when he decided to leave the show to concentrate on acting.
In 2014, Mutuma became the new host of Africa Magic's premier Lifestyle TV show Mashariki Mix. The show was ranked third on Africaranking.com most-watched African TVs shows in 2015.He has also hosted the Africa Magic Viewers Choice awards red carpet (2104) and the AMVCA nomination night (2014). Other hosting jobs include popular game show Zindua Chapaa (2015), a TV lottery show where winners win millions of Ksh weekly and a grand prize of Ksh 50'000'000.
In 2013, Mutuma released his first single, "254 anthem", featuring Lyra Aoko. It was a Rap/Kapuka-infused song that celebrated all things good about Kenya. The track received mixed reviews from fans and critiques alike. In September 2014, Nick released a follow-up single, "That Life", featuring Cool Kid Taffie.
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Mutuma was ranked on Actors.co.ke as the second among the "top ten sexy actors in Kenya", the second on the "Top ten Kenyan male actors" by mwakilishi.com and sexiest Kenyan man by homeboyzradio website. In 2013 he was the highest paid actor in Kenya.