Madiba: My dad died as I was about to go for a shoot

Madiba opens up on losing his dad and how his mum inspired him to join acting

•Madiba says his mum would punish him by making him read and recite Shakespeare.

•He received the news of his dad's death before getting a calling telling him he had landed a major role.

Actor Blessing Lungaho alias Madiba
Actor Blessing Lungaho alias Madiba
Image: courtesy

Blessing Lungaho alias Madiba says his dad died at a time when he had just landed a big role.

The soon to be father-of -two says the experience was a bitter-sweet experience for him.

Sharing his experience during an interview with Radio Maisha, Madiba said

"I remember that time, I had just been told my dad has passed on and then later received a call that I had been cast on this huge show."

He added

"It was a bitter-sweet moment for me because it is every child's dream for their parents to see the things they achieved and my dad died when I was about to go shoot."

'I wish my dad was around to see me acting as Madiba or as Major," he said. 

Madiba says his mother unknowingly pushed him into acting

"I know she will not agree to this, but she is the reason I started acting. Growing up, whenever I made a mistake, she never used to beat me, but she would make me read Shakespeare and act it out for her.'

He continued that 

"Like, 'here, give me ten chapters from this."

"I was five and with time I fell in love with that," he said.

Actor Blessing Lungaho alias Madiba
Actor Blessing Lungaho alias Madiba
Image: courtesy

In an earlier interview, Madiba said he quit his accountant job so that he could pursue his passion to act.

In an interview with Switch TV he said

" Some of  us love watching TV and love what we see. Some of us watch and we are like I would like to do that, entertain people."

"When you have wanted something your entire life and then someone offers you the opportunity, you don't think twice."

"My parents were not very excited because they had paid a lot of school fees for me to do my Post Graduate. It's not until they saw my work (acting) that they started accepting it," he said. 

Does he have any regrets?

"I wish I started sooner. People think it's easy to get where someone is but it's not, but doing what you love makes it worthwhile."

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