Kapalepale’s memory should be preserved – Likhaya family

By Litness Chaima

The family of late Smart Likhaya Mbewe has called on government and the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation to consider building a historical site in honor of the memory of one of the pioneers of radio drama in the country.

Speaking during a tombstone unveiling of the late Likhaya Mbewe who was popularly known as Kapalepale in “Sewero la Sabata Ino”, Wilfred Smart Likhaya said the country recognizes his father as a legend and it would be befitting to have a place where the future generation can learn the history of drama and its artists.

Likhaya said the site will preserve the memory of the late Likhaya Mbewe and other artists and at the same time, keep records of the start and rise of radio drama.

“This man is a legend. He has been honoured while he was alive and we want him to be honoured even in death. He passed on, yes but his memory still lives on and needs to be preserved. He was a good actor and producer and this needs to be kept on record,” said Wilfred Smart Likhaya.

Kapalepale tombstone unveiling

Elson Soko popularly known as “Anyoni” on MBC Radio One’s Pamajiga drama said he will always cherish the memories of the late Smart Likhaya Mbewe who was also his mentor and will continue to emulate his style of mature drama.

“The late Likhaya Mbewe was an honorable man. We still keep his memory and he remains one of the greatest inspirations of both stage and radio drama artists,” said Soko.

Representing MBC at the function was Director of Administration and Corporate Services Gift Nyambalo. The late Smart Likhaya Mbewe joined MBC as a watchman and through his talent and interest later joined the Corporation with his proposed drama scripts and later became producer and actor of Sewero la Sabata ino.