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Veteran actor Augustine Lubani dead

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Renowned veteran actor Augustine Lubani is dead.

According to his nephew, Sannet Lubani, the veteran actor, who starred in several plays died on Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

He said Lubani, who is survived by a wife and four children, will be buried today at Area 3 in Machinjri, Blantyre.

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“He was a principled man, innovative and creative. He was a family man, loved chatting and his hard work inspired us as a family and we are sad to lose him,” Sannet said.

Lubani was born on July 10, 1968 and hailed from Luwatala Village, Traditional Authority Chikowi in Zomba.

Hassan Nkata, who worked with Lubani at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) where he produced several plays for Theatre of the Air, also described him as a creative person.

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“He was a fighter, creator and came up with different radio programmes and was able to source funding. He was also a great unionist. He was always very jovial and liked joking,” said Nkata, adding that he was saddened by his death.

Just a month ago, Lubani led a team of Chichiri Secondary School Alumni where they awarded some of the best Form Four students during their graduation.

In a separate interview with The Daily Times, at the function, the veteran actor and playwright called on the theatre industry in the country to dig deeper and be more creative to win back the hearts of the people.

“There are lots of issues which are happening in the country and so actors need to be creative and document all these by producing good productions. In the past, theatre was on top and so the industry has a lot to do to put itself back in shape,” said Lubani, who was the guest of honour during the event.

He then bemoaned the state of the hall for Chichiri Secondary School which he said was in good when he and his colleagues staged their first production when they were students.

The Daily Times on its We Were There of June 9, 2016, reproduced Lubani’s story which appeared in the Malawi News of June 8-14, 1985 which highlighted his King Solomon stage play.

The story previewed Lubani’s one-man marathon theatre which he was set to hold at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre as part of celebrating his 10 years on stage.

For five hours, Lubani promised to give people a parcel of short plays, sketches, poetry and jokes.

His main play was titled The Preacher, a Biblical story concentrating on King Solomon’s advice to the young generation.

Lubani started acting in 1975 when he was a student at Chichiri Secondary School. Since then, he had acted in over 40 plays and had also written several plays as well as producing them.

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