Handing over the prize to Nyanga’s niece Leah Howahowa at Kwacha studios in Blantyre, MBC Director General Aubrey Sumbuleta said Nyanga, through his acts, was an agent of the broadcaster’s three pillars of informing, educating and entertaining the nation.
“We cannot talk of John Nyanga without mentioning MBC. MBC owes its audience to Nyanga, so as part of promoting talent, we thought that we needed to recognize him. Yes he is dead, but he continues to inform, educate and entertain Malawians. That is why we need to continue celebrating his life,” said Sumbuleta.
Receiving the prizes, Nyanga’s niece Howahowa said as a family, they were comforted that influential organisations like MBC, continues to honour the entertainer even in his death.
The remain figure of the Izeki ndi Jakobo comic duet Eric ‘Jakobo’ Mabedi, who also witnessed the handing over ceremony, hailed MBC for the honour.
“It was MBC that made John Nyanga what he was and I am pleased to note that the public broadcaster continues to own him. As the country is aware, artists in the country do not have a medical or pension scheme- it is a well and timely intervention for MBC to give something to Nyanga’s family,” he said.
Nyanga died on 21 May 2016 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.