Celebrated comedian John Nyanga, who is popularly known as Izeki in theatrical circles, was discharged from hospital a week ago, but he is still in need of both social and economic support.
Confirming the development in a telephone interview on Thursday , Izeki said he was home though not very fit.
“I am out of the hospital and feeling much better than the time I was in the hospital. However, I should be honest with you that I am not very fit,” he said.
Izeki of the Izeki Ndi Jakobo acting duo, in which he plays alongside his colleague Eric Madedi, was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (Qech) after being taken ill two months ago.
He struggled to speak during the interview. While in hospital, he appealed for support from the general public, a thing he said yielded nothing. He repeated the call, saying he is struggling financially.
“The truth is that nothing came out from my plea for support from well-wishers. And I still need assistance though I have been discharged from the hospital,” said Izeki.
His plea for support from the general public and well-wishers hitting a blank is something unusual given that his fellow artists received overwhelming assistance from both government and other artists.
Nevertheless, the development speaks volumes about the need for the country to have vibrant artistic systems that could help artists make a living and maintain their healthcare through the arts. n