Izeki, the theatre hero


He last went to the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, Tuesday, May 24, not to showcase his rare skills; he went there to bid farewell to the masses, but alas! In his lifeless-self.

He was in that stadium, not as the maestro of an actor we knew, sad…not as a theatre producer or the comedian, who in past gatherings, could crack the ribs even of presidents. He, last Tuesday, was taken to this stadium in a casket— dead—en route to his final resting place, HHI Cemetery.

But one thing was unique and it stood out, on that day. Even in death, the man we popularly know as Izeki; but answering to the real name John Nyanga, was a king even in death.


That is why, we of the Crew, decided to mourn our fallen hero. His simple in appearance did not, during his lifetime, eclipse his stardom in theatre.

Was he not the man who made rugs to be a popular costume outfit within lots of drama groups and characters across the country? Izeki John Nyanga, rest in peace brother.

You may be gone today, you may be six feet under the Earth in that place near the core of Christianity and governance history of Malawi, HHI; but in our souls, you exist, and still will.


In the Malawi history books, there will still be big room for a chapter of Izeki, how you helped bring laughter to downtrodden hearts. How you united people across the political divide through your rib cracking jokes!

Izeki, Ndirande will always miss you, so will Malawi. John Nyanga, the Malawi theatrical terrain and landscape will surely miss your direction and non-replaceable skills.

Who is there now to master the art of acting without words? You, who could stand on stage and make people laugh to the brim, without your uttering any statement? Who can forget that?

Your talents were rare… your acting was unique. What will become the future of the acting duo-Izeki and Jacob?

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