Artists mourn Xaba

HARARE - Zimbabwe's arts industry has once again lost a talented actress in Pretty Xaba before she had fully made her contribution to the sector.

Artistes expressed shock at her death and yesterday, there was an outpouring of grief while condolences from the showbiz industry poured in from all corners of the country.

Xaba, 49, passed away on Saturday in India at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi where she had gone to seek treatment for cancer of the oesophagus.

Veteran playwright Aaron Chiundura Moyo who worked with Xaba in the famed ZTV soapie Studio 263 said, “Xaba’s death came as a great shock to the entire showbiz industry. She died at a time when preparations to re-launch Studio 263 were at an advanced stage and she was among the first choices.

“Xaba was such a character that was not hard to deal with and I got to know her when she worked alongside King Dube at ZBC back in the day. She was known for fighting injustice and oppression among artists. What a talented actress!

“It is disturbing to note that she has gone with her vast experience in the showbiz. She departed at a time when we were expecting her to impart her showbiz knowledge to upcoming artists.”

Famed radio personality and actress, Tendayi Chakanyuka took to Facebook to express her shock at Xaba’s death.

“Now that I have got a grip, I am still numb with shock and shattered beyond words. Little did I know too this was the last goodbye. I was so hopeful and was looking forward to welcoming her back early next year ...Mwari vatonga havo. Ndiri kurwadziwa (It is God’s will and this is painful). No more pain Pretty shamwari (my friend).You were a fighter but God wanted you in his garden too. Rest in peace.”

Coordinator of the Let’s Help Pretty Xaba campaign, Taonga Mafundikwa posted his condolences on Facebook. He said, “Final hug two months ago, I said goodbye to my friend as she flew off to lndia for treatment. I did not know it was the last ever hug in our living years. Today, the most High decided to promote her to higher glory. Rest in peace, Pretty. She died in India after a well fought battle with cancer. Will miss you pal.”

Musician and actress Edith WeUtonga wrote that “Go well Pretty Xaba. God had His own plans for you, we tried our best”

Xaba went to India after being assisted with $18 000 for medication by Prophet Walter Magaya founder and leader of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries and the air ticket was provided by Affirmative Action Group.

She featured in a number of plays and dramas such as I want A Dress, Coliwe, Xola, Everyone’s Child, Studio 263 and Lobola among others.

Xaba is survived by two children, Runyararo and Hope Chayambuka.

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charles jackson - 9 December 2014

The nation has lost an entertainer through cancer, may her soul rest in peace, i would like to pray for all cancer victims in Zimbabwe, may the God of Abraham, God of Jacob, God of Isaac, the one who created the world and everything in it, the one who knew us whilst we were in the womb, the God of Daniel, God of Moses, who gave us his only son so that we could be saved, so that we could be healed, to lay his hand on all cancer victims in Zimbabwe for a mass miracle, so that the devil can be humiliated in Jesus name, there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain, ndinonamata kuti tisarambe tichirasikirwa nevanhu vedu through cancer - Amen

tichaona - 9 December 2014

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