The Malawi theatre industry has been hit by a severe blow following the death of the National Theatre Association of Malawi vice-president Henry Ntalika.
The talented actor died on Wednesday evening at Chiradzulu District Hospital after a battle with meningitis, according to colleague and member of NTAM Lucky Mkandawire.
“He first went to QECH where he was admitted for few days and then discharged. However, the situation did not improve and he went to Chiradzulu where he was admitted from Tuesday last week until his death. His burial is on Friday in Phalula,” said Mkandawire.
Ntalika worked as a teacher before retiring some two years ago to focus on his acting career. He was among the actors that established popular vernacular radio play series, Mbali Yanga aired on MBC.
Perhaps his last appearance on stage was in February when he featured in Nanzikambe Arts Theatre’s play, President’s Prerogative.
He was among the very first recruits of Wakhumbata in 1986 alongside Frank Patani Mwase, Clement Phiri, Towera Masiku, late Gertrude Kamkwatira, late Twaya Sanudi and Pamela Twea.
His first appearance on stage, acting in an active role, was in Phulusa, Wakhumbata’s 1988 production, a musical play that employed song, choreography and drama.