On Tuesday afternoon, people from all walks of life convened at St. Montfort Catholic Institute (CI) Parish in Blantyre to pay their homage and attend the funeral of one of Malawi’s most celebrated stage play actor and comedian Eric Mabedi. Mabedi, alias Jakobo, succumbed to COVID-19 complications on Monday in Blantyre.
In his eulogy, Minister of Tourism and Culture Michael Usi said the country has lost an icon who worked so hard to help in the development of the country. Jakobo’s acting career spanned over 30 years.
In his remarks, Charles Mphoka a member of Kwathu Drama Group said the group will miss the services of its leader. In the early 1980, the Late Charles Severe founded Kwathu Drama Group.
The late Eric Mabedi or Jakobo as he was fondly known amongst the country’s arts followers and late John Nyanga were the first people Severe took as members of the drama group.
Other actors who joined Kwathu Drama Group included Bon Kalindo also known as Winiko in Arts circles.His family has since described the late Eric Mabedi as a man who always wanted the best for his kinsmen.
Eric Mabedi was also one of the duo comedians in Izeki and Jakobo. He is survived by a wife and two children.