Amid widespread rumours that he has died, celebrated comedian John Nyanga has brushed aside the monger mill, saying he is recovering from a bout of tuberculosis.
The thespian, who trades under the moniker Izeki alongside longtime partner Eric Mabedi in Izeki ndi Jakobo, is hospitalised at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
Nyanga, speaking in an interview from his hospital bed in Ward 3 A on Wednesday, said doctors had diagnosed him with tuberculosis (TB).
He said he has spent two weeks at the hospital and, thanked doctors and nurses as well as relatives, admirers and well-wishers for the support they are giving him during his stay at the hospital.
“Doctors, nurses, relatives, well-wishers as well as those I used to entertain have been supportive and I thank God for them,” he said Nyanga.
His nephew, Steven Dindo, said there has been a significant improvement in his uncle’s life.
“When we were arriving here, he wasn’t able to talk. He couldn’t even talk. We, therefore, praise and worship God when we see him talking to you on his own,” explained Dindo, who is Nyanga’s guardian at the hospital.
Apart from entertaining people through comedy, Nyanga is also a founder of the Ndirande-based Synagogue for Hope where he is popularly known as Prophet Z.
He also works with Joy FM as a presenter of Kalibu programme and his signing off words are: wakufa sadziwika (one does not know when death comes knocking).
The social media has been awash all week with Nyanga’s purported death.