I Was Never Paid For My Work On American Superhero Film, “Black Panther”, Kenyan Makeup Artist Say

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Grace Murema, 28, a Kenyan special effects artist has revealed that she was not paid for her work on the American superhero movie “Black Panther” and was not bothered about it.

Grace Murema told NTV that she was not bothered about payment of her work in the film since she saw the opportunity as exposure.

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“We were not paid, but for me, it was fine because it was exposure for me as it opened other opportunities,” Grace told the broadcast station.

Grace added that she has also worked on various projects in Kenya.

Grace Murema, The Makeup Artist Who Worked On Black Panther Film For Free. Photo Courtesy


“I’ve done two movies in Kenya, Disconnect and 40 Sticks which is yet to be released. I’ve done some series, there is Mgema Akisifiwa, I did the pilot for Maria and a couple of ads,” Grace said.

Speaking in a different interview, the founder of East Africa’s first special effects product line said that she knew makeup was her passion from a tender age.

She said after completing her high school education she went straight to beauty school where she did the whole beauty package; Massage, nails, facial, hair, everything.

She, however, gravitated more towards makeup. Three years later she decided to specialize in special effects makeup.

She also said that she found her niche in the makeup industry without conforming to the widely recognized glam makeup.


“The glam makeup look is a very crowded industry here. Everyone is doing it. I just wanted to do something different that would set me apart from other makeup artists,” she said.

Sharing her thoughts about the future of the Kenyan movie industry, Grace said that the special effects (SFX) in Kenya still has a long way to go.

Talking about the challenges she has faced in the industry, Grace told Eve Woman: “Product availability and work. I always have to import most of the products I use which is expensive. In terms of work, our country is still not yet there when it comes to special effects.”

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