The President of the Republic of Malawi, HE Arthur Peter Mutharika has joined all Malawians in paying his tributes to the most celebrated comedian John Nyanga who died on Sunday afternoon.
A dark cloud fell in Malawi on Sunday when the news broke out that the most beloved stand up comedian, John Nyanga, well known by the stage name “Izeki” has breathed his last soul at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
John Nyanga has been a comedian for decades with his counterpart and best friend Eric Mabedi popularly known as “Jakobo”. The two have been cracking people’s ribs together for a quiet sometime and in most of their comedies they were called “Izeki ndi Jakobo”, (Isaac and Jacob).
He firstly rose to fame when he was performing with “Kwathu Drama Group with his collaborator, Eric Mabedi.
In his statement, the president said Malawi has lost an important person in the comedy world and in the development of the country.
“We commence our week on a sad note as a nation following the passing on of comedian John Nyanga popularly known by his stage name ‘Izeki’. Besides being an entertainer, Izeki played a huge role to the society as an educator and agent of social change for over three decades”, said Mutharika.
In 1992, John Nyanga and Eric Mabedi released a DVD titled “KUKHALA” which attracted a lot of people and a lot of copies were sold in a short period of time. In 1997, the two produced audio tapes and then later two DVD’s, entitled “I am the road to walk and Njinga (bicycle). Since the then, the two widened their carriers in performing with different companies and in political rallies too.
The comedian hailed from Nyanga yathyoka village, in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje, the Southern District of Malawi.
John Nyanga will be missed by Malawians and other neighboring countries especially Zambia who loved his colossus comedies.
Burial arrangements are yet to be announced by the bereaved family.