Once the stage master that entertained scores of masses. Once the comedian at thrilled audiences with his rib-cracking jokes. Now the prophet that ministers to lost soul and guides His flock back to the barnyard.
It has now been a year since Malawi's renowned comedian John Nyanga, popularly known as Izeki, announced his retirement from drama to embark on a new journey.
His last performance before going into self imposed retirement was when he was part of the cast last Easter as Kwathu Drama Group staged their play Nditani? in Mulanje.
Today, Nyanga says he is happy to serve God and rules out coming back to the stage unless God tells him to do so.
His long time colleague and friend Eric Mabedi, aka Jakobo, is still a practicing dramatist.
Together, as Izeki ndi Jakobo, the pair wowed audiences across the country both on stage and on radio with their witty and sometimes wry comedies that made them household names. For years, they were also the driving force behind Kwathu Drama Group.
Mabedi says he misses his theatre partner mostly as an individual than as a fellow dramatist.
"As Kwathu we were affected in the first days but not now. In terms of performances we are doing fine but as an individual I miss him greatly," said Mabedi.
Recalling the time when Nyanga left Kwathu to form Alufeyo Performing Arts in the early '90s, Mabedi discloses that this was the period the group missed him greatly.
"This was the time his absence affected Kwathu so much; the audience was also affected because by then we could not produce a play without him. This was the time he was at the peak and it was also the time we were doing the Candlex Sankha Wekha comedies," he says.
He said Kwathu Drama Group hasn't felt his absence this time around because the group has a collection of talent.
When it comes to comedy, Mabedi said he has tried to venture into the trade alone but he has failed.
"As an individual, I have just realised that we were in the class of our own and I miss him. Sometimes I sit down and recall the past and I shed tears. There are comedies I watch from other people but I see more of copyright because we were the pioneers," says Mabedi.
Now with Nyanga turning to prophecy, Mabedi said there is nothing he can do as the ministry is a calling but says he takes time to visit his friend at his house and they spend their time cracking jokes.
Mabedi prays that God could bring Nyanga back on stage, if only for a little while.
"It is my prayer that one day he can perform as a guest actor because there were times we used to do comedies warming the stage for Kwathu and fans miss him," said Mabedi.
Nyanga says everything is well with him and that God is in control and that miracles are happening in people's lives.
"I don't think I can come back right now, it's a closed chapter unless God tells me to do so. I miss Eric and I miss the fun which made us Izeki and Jakobo, I miss the Kalibu programme but all my energy is now in serving God," he said.
Asked why he cannot use drama as another tool of preaching God's word, Nyanga said:
"As I said I wish I did that but it's God who gave me this work and if He tells me to come back then I will do so. The other thing is that I cannot serve two masters at one time so I am happy where I am."
He says as a prophet, he cannot just do things on his own but listen to what God tells him to do.
"You don't just work or do something without asking God, that's why I am saying if God says please go back and act then who am I to refuse but for now let me do what He wants," says Nyanga.
He says he sees nothing wrong with drama but he has to tend to God's flock because the prophesy ministry is the maker's mandate.
"God created Eric and John and then through drama and comedies He made them popular to become Izeki and Jakobo but that was in the past but now let me serve Him to the fullest," said Nyanga, 47.
"It's happening, God is revealing Himself to His people and He is solving their problems. All I can tell the country now is let us be prayerful and dedicate ourselves to Him for He is the maker of heaven and earth and He is the only one who gives life," he said.
Hailing from Nyangayathyoka Village, TA Mabuka in Mulanje, Nyanga's career dates back to the early 80s, when during a church function by the youths, he came in contact with renowned actor late Charles Severe who was then a big name in radio drama at the country's state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
Someday in 1984, while Kwathu Drama Group members were rehearsing in Severe's house, a young boy came and sat next to Nyanga. The boy was Mabedi, a nephew to Severe.
This was the first time the two met and they instantly clicked and started doing jokes. They were applauded by Severe and thus was born Izeki and Jakobo.