Comedian ‘Anyoni’ dies: ‘Pamajiga’ star hailed as brightest talent

One of Malawi’s veteran comedians Elson Soko famously called ‘Anyoni’ has died with tributes pouring in that Malawi has been  robbed of one of the brightest talents  and a national treasure.

Elson Soko: Anyoni

Soko, who was diagonised with a heart problems, breathed his last at the Blantyre Adventists Hospital on Saturday.

The man who brought entertainment to homes of millions for so many decades also had urinal and eating problems.

He played the role of Anyoni in Pamajiga radio soap opera that is aired on Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBC) and Kapalepale, a radio play that was aired on MBC on Saturday evening,.

Soko  started acting in Pamajiga when he joined MBC in the late 1970s  and continued to excite listeners every working day from 5:45 to 6:00 in the morning.

His death comes few days after Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) staff on visited and cheered him at his home in Machinjiri, Blantyre.

During the visit, MBC Director General Aubrey Sumbuleta described Soko as someone who had played an important role in educating, informing and entertaining the nation in as far as MBC’s broadcasting business was concerned.

On his part, Soko said: “I have been part of MBC for a very long time and it has uplifted my life to this far. My journey with MBC had been interesting such that over the years, I became a household name and thus, regard MBC as part of me”.

Pamajiga  has been  a 15-minute play full of controversy, humour and fun.

In Pamajiga, there is no room for building conflict. It just starts. It does not follow the conventional way of story development as time is of the essence.

Soko playing Anyoni was the protagonist.  Well known as a confusionist who stands for people in the villages who have a stubborn attitude.

The current producer of Pamajiga, Hope Chisanu says that the radio play continues to target rural masses and yearns to correct bad morals.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Aubrey Sumbuleta is still around? Ufiti? This guy plus Steve Maseya and many others made us stop listen to this dpp radio. Why don’t you send them away to Guantanamo Bay? Do you remember they even used phuzo la mkabudula against the Vice President? Who was supposed to be fired? In other countries, the head of the organization is fired plus the rest of those involved. Anyway, the issue is about Anyoni here? We had Zamadula with him. These guys were really comedians. After listening to Pamajiga came Philip Mwala Moyo (RIP). Then came zitsiru Aubrey Sumbuleta, Eunice Chipangula, George… Read more »

Mbulaje
Mbulaje
9 months ago

Zamadula aka Amgwagwa was simply the best! Rest well Anyoni.

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Sleep well Papa until we meet again.

Kumz
Kumz
9 months ago

MBC is loosing talented personal,it was Saweta ande Nyoni.God have mercy on us.May the soul of Anyone rest in eternal peace.

musaa
9 months ago

RIP

Fake News
Fake News
9 months ago

Rest well Anyoni, till we meet again.

NGONI WENI WENI
NGONI WENI WENI
9 months ago

very sad may his soul rest in peace

James
James
9 months ago

May your soul rest in peace we will miss you

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
9 months ago

He is irreplaceable. In fact, he was the only reason I enjoyed listening to MBC. May his soul rest in peace.

Achewa eni gule
Achewa eni gule
9 months ago

Go well papa …we are cerebrating your death today because you have done your part on Earth …I started following him when I was 12 yrs up until now..rest well

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