Malawians continue to mourn ‘Jakobo’ as drama lecturer advises Kwathu to document his works

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Malawians are continuing to mourn celebrated actor Eric Mabedi alias Jakobo, and renowned drama lecturer at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Smith Likongwe, has asked Kwathu Drama Group – to which Mabedi belonged as was leader – to consider documenting the fallent artist’s works.

Mabedi succumbed to Covid-19 at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in the commercial Blantyre on Monday August 2, 2021  and was buried on Tuesday at CI cemetery where hundreds attended to pay their last respects – including minister responsible for arts Michael Usi.

He hailed from Thumbwe Village in Chiradzulu district, and was part of the famous duo that comprised himself and Izeki.

Likongwe has called on members of Kwathu Drama Group to preserve Eric Mabedi’s legacy by publishing his works.

Mabedi, one of the oldest members of Kwathu Drama Group alongside another veteran actor Charles Mphoka, have been frontrunners crafting productions but many have not been documented.

Likongwe, who has documented plays from Southern Africa publishing books such as said Kwathu should collect all the plays and aim at publishing the works for posterity.

“Eric Mabedi was very creative and a humble personality who was a very good leader. Kwathu Drama Group would not have developed to where it is today without his good leadership,” he said.

Mphoka admitted during Mabedi’s requiem mass at Catholic Institute (CI) in Blantyre before his burial that Mabedi was a force for the group.

“I am not sure how we will move from here; he was everything for Kwathu and now the future looks bleak,” he said before breaking down into tears.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi also said Mabedi was no ordinary person in theatre and that, as a devout Catholic, he used his talent to serve the Church.

A priest also attested during mass that Mabedi served the church and that, with his talent, he fundraised for various projects.

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