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What if something wonderful happens?
— to Riley in W. W. N. Double D?

Capheus Onyango is a young man living in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the owner and driver of a Matatu and desperately trying to earn enough money to buy good quality medicine for his mother, who is living with AIDS. [1]

In the face of enormous disadvantages, compared with the other members of his cluster, Capheus is compassionate and determinedly optimistic; he uses his resourcefulness to make the best of whatever situation he finds himself in.

Capheus has stated that he cannot see his father anymore, although it is unknown if he is dead. Capheus also has a younger sister whom they had to give up for adoption.

Background Edit

Capheus was born in Nairobi, Kenya. His father died when he was a child. Because of some enmity between his father's people and his mother's people, his mother's village elders insisted that the boy return to his father's people. Young men from Shiro's village came to their home to kill Capheus, but Shiro took up arms to defend him, and they backed down. Shiro took Capheus and left the village, already pregnant with his younger sister.

Living in poverty and unable to produce milk, his mother, Shiro, was forced to give up his newborn sister to an orphanage so that she may survive. Capheus describes to Riley how this was the most heartbreaking and difficult moment of his life. He explains how in that moment, he learned that life and death are inextricably mixed up.

As an adult, he remains extremely close to his mother. He lives with her and attempts to raise funds for medication because she is sick because of the AIDS virus. Despite his efforts, she remains very ill because most drugs he procures are watered down or placebo drugs. She does not find relief until her son accepts a job from a druglord with a violent reputation. The druglord supplies her with good quality medicine and, because of this and the the connection he has with the man's young daughter, Capheus continues to work for him.

Season One Edit

Capheus is not left well off, but despite his lack of community and material wealth and educational opportunities, he puts his considerable courage and resourcefulness to good use and builds a small transportation business. He acquires a bus (the "Van Damn", a play on Jean-Claude Van Damme) and uses it to transport passengers to and around Nairobi with the help of his friend, Jela.

While Capheus does not possess any highly-specialized skills (like Sun's martial arts or Nomi's hacking), he is resourceful and has shown himself to be adept in driving, maintaining, and jury-rigging motor vehicles. His history of poverty, loss and grief, and an unquenchable optimism based on Van Damme movies, give him wisdom and tranquility to face adversities.

Throughout the season, Capheus meets, speaks with and/or helps several of his cluster siblings, including Sun, Riley, Nomi, Will, and Kala. He has no one-on-one encounters with Wolfgang or Lito in Season 1, but we do see them together when the entire cluster joins Riley and Will in Iceland at the end of Episode 12.

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Limbic Resonance Edit

I Am Also A We Edit

Smart Money Is on the Skinny Bitch Edit

What's Going On? Edit

Art Is Like Religion Edit

Demons Edit

W. W. N. Double D? Edit

We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts Edit

Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye Edit

What Is Human? Edit

Just Turn the Wheel and the Future Changes Edit

I Can't Leave Her Edit

Relationships Edit

Outside the cluster Edit

  • Shiro: As an adult, Capheus remains extremely close to Shiro, his mother. He lives with her and attempts to raise funds for medication because she is diagnosed with AIDS. Despite his efforts, she remains very ill because most drugs he procures are watered down or placebo drugs. She does not find relief until he accepts a job from a druglord with a violent reputation.
  • Jela: Capheus' other significant relationship is with his friend, Jela, who works as conductor on the Van Damme. Jela admires and looks up to Capheus and shares in his successes.

Inside the cluster Edit

  • Will Gorski: In I Can't Leave Her Capheus helps Will rescue Riley by hotwiring an ambulance, allowing them to escape from the hospital where she is being held.
  • Sun Bak: Sun helps Capheus with her fighting skills during his dispute with the Superpower gang.
  • Kala Dandekar: Kala visits Capheus and they watch a Van Damme movie together, while discussing the need for courage.
  • Nomi Marks: When Nomi is attempting to escape from Whispers, she steals a car but does not know how to drive. Capheus visits and uses his driving skills to get Nomi to safety.

SkillsEdit

  • Expert driver: Capheus has gained his unconventional but very effective driving skills from his experience of driving the Van Damn. He used these skills to help Nomi escape from Whispers as she did not know how to drive in We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts.
  • Auto mechanic
    • Knows how to hot-wire vehicles. He helps Will rescue Riley by hotwiring an ambulance.
  • Wisdom: His sense of justice, optimism and his sad history made him the wisest in the cluster, acting as a counsellor multiple times.

Memorable Quotes Edit

"Life and death are always so mixed up together, in the same way some beginning are endings and some endings become beginnings” in Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye
"I have this feeling, today is going to be a good day." to Shiro in Limbic Resonance.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyorley/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-eight-main-characters#.kkpRlaAQ

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