Veteran Kenya TV Comedian Dies at 93
Veteran comedian Mzee Pembe who died in Nairobi on Sunday brought laughter to thousands of radio and TV audiences during his hey days.
His son, Mr Sudi Omari, said Mzee Pembe, whose real name was Omari Suleiman Mwajambia, died at his sister’s home in South B.
“He had in the recent past been complaining of chest pains though he appeared still determined to carry on with his favourite art comedy,” Mr Sudi said.
Mzee Pembe, who was 93, was the last of the generation of TV comedians of the legendary “Aspro Show” of the 1960s on KBC TV (then Voice of Kenya).
Mzee Pembe also featured on Jamii ya Mzee Pembe and Kivunja Mbavu programmes where he featured alongside Kipanga Athumani, Mama Tofi, Mzee Tamaa and Mama Njeri, who have all died.
Mr Sudi said that his father, who had retired from TV comedy, had written comedy books now used as primary school set books like Pwagu na Pwaguzi.
Lately, he was also a participant in radio talk shows on Iqra FM.
Mzee Pembe was buried at Kariokor Muslim Cemetery, Nairobi, on Sunday.
Source: Daily Nation
Je, mwawakumbuka wasanii hawa wa kale katika "Kivunja Mbavu" na Vitimbi ? Mzee Pembe, Bin Tamaa, Otholong'ong'o Danger, Masaku, Mama Kayai, Mutiso, Maliwana, Mzee Ojwang
Walitutumbuiza. Wakatuchangamsha. Walihubiri umoja huku wakiwaleta Wakenya wa makabila mbali mbali pamoja. Sote tukawa kitu kimoja. Wacheza sarakati hawa walitumia lafudhi na tabia za Wakenya wenzao kuleta vicheko kwenye runinga na redio kwenye vipindi vya V.O.K (sasa KBC) wakati familia zilikuwa zinamenya maakulo masaa ya jioni jioni. Tukacheka vicheko halisi kwa zaidi ya miaka hamsini. Walizivingira vingira ndimi zao ili kuwatolea mzaha makabila yote ya Kenya wakiwemo Wakikuyu, Wakamba, Wamasai, Wakalenjin, na Waluhya bila yeyote kuguna wala kulalamika. Vipindi vyao vilisikizwa redioni na runingani na sote huku machozi yakitudodoka kwa vicheko. Tafadhali tuwakumbukeni.
Tuwasahau viongozi tulionao ambao wameendelea kututenganisha kwa misingi ya kikabila punde tu uchaguzi unapokaribia. Ni Raila, Kibaki, Jirongo, Mudavadi, Balala, Ruto, Bargetuny, Chotara, Nassir, Ruto, Kones, Ntimama, Gumo, Biwott, Lotondo, Moi, Gideon, Kamotho, Kongo, Kamangara, Mama Steele, ambao kaendelea kutuletea majanga miaka arubaini na mitano baada ya uhuru.
Wengine waliofanya vivyo hivyo kuwaleta vijana pamoja katika miaka ya sabini na themanini walikuwa watangazaji wa "Yours For the Asking", na "Sundowner" kama Abdul haq, Kuzungu Katana, Jeff Mwangemi, na Catheline Kasavuli. Bila kuwasahau Eddy Fondo, Elizabeth Obege, Lenny Mambo Mbotela, Fred Machoka.
Kwako Mzee pembe na famila yako, tunawaombea Maulana awape nguvu katika wakati huu mgumu. Katu hatutamsahau bingwa huyu wa vichekesho miaka nenda miaka rudi. Amina!