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Anyoni to be laid to rest today

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Veteran actor Elson Soko popularly known as Anyoni will be laid to rest today at HHI cemetary in Blantyre.

Leonard Mafukeni, a nephew to the late Anyoni confirmed Sunday about the development.

Anyoni died on Saturday night at Blantyre Adventist Hospital where he was admitted on Thursday.

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He was diagnosed with a heart problem.

The versatile actor, who has played in MBC’s Pamajiga radio drama was passionate about acting and he said on Wednesday when National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) President Eric Mabedi and actress Linda Chatha had visited her, that he had missed acting.

“I will be fine and I hope to be back to act,” Anyoni said.

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His death is a blow to the creative industry in the country as it comes barely two weeks after the country lost another veteran actor Evans Mbewe popularly known as Che Jali.

Several people have since mourned Anyoni with many saying the country has lost a crop of veteran actors, who were key to help in the development of theatre but also impart knowledge to up and coming actors.

Others, said the country needs to support its artists and not only offer support when they are dead.

“He called for support when he was ill and this is the time he needed the country’s support but most of the times we come out and talk well about them when they are dead. Let us show love when our artists are alive, they offer their all to entertain us,” musician Lambanie Dube said.

Mcben Kochi, who stars for Pamajiga and has rubbed shoulders with Anyoni, said he was saddened by Anyoni’s death.

“It is a blow to the drama industry in the country and MBC’s Pamajiga. He had his own style of acting. I had a stint with him when he used to play with Smith Manyenje and he is the one who taught me more as regards acting and meeting him on Pamajiga was a continuation,” Kochi said.

He then hailed MBC management for their support rendered to Anyoni as well as other actors that work with the state broadcaster.

The last time Anyoni was involved in a production was in May when they worked on plays tackling the issue of Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Mafukeni, Anyoni was born on January 1 1949.

He is survived by a wife and four children.

Meanwhile, the country has also lost Patrick Khoza, former MBC Director General, who was also instrumental in uplifting the creative industry in the country. He was laid to rest Sunday in Blantyre.

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