Likobe: Career Journey Of Ex-Vitimbi Actor, His Influence On Inspekta Mwala -

Likobe: Career Journey Of Ex-Vitimbi Actor, His Influence On Inspekta Mwala

Likobe, a cherished comedian from the renowned 1990s TV series Vitimbi and Vituko, brought immense laughter to millions of viewers across the country.

In addition to his unforgettable performances on Vitimbi, Likobe, born Aurelian Mwalukumbi Mliwa on June 15, 1964, in Mbololo, Taita Taveta county, captivated Kenyans with his versatility as an actor. His comedic talent allowed him to bring joy to audiences through a variety of characters and roles. Likobe’s comedic genius extended beyond Vitimbi, as he also played significant roles in other popular shows like Vioja Mahakamani, Zoa, and Subira, solidifying his place as a household name in Kenya.

Even after his retirement from the screen, Likobe’s name continued to resonate with Kenyans. His unforgettable performances alongside legendary actors such as Mzee Ngomongo, Mama Kayai, Mogaka, Nyasuguta, and the late Mzee Ojwang endeared him to fans and firmly established his position in their hearts.

After stepping away from the limelight, Likobe dedicated his time to supporting talented individuals and promoting the arts in his home county. He actively participated in projects that nurtured young talents and showcased the rich cultural heritage of Taita Taveta, leaving a lasting impact on the local arts scene.

Following a significant hiatus, Likobe made a triumphant return to television with a new reality show called Marafiki Show. Produced by Jirongo Luyali of Luyali Media, the show explored the lives of a group of friends with short stature as they navigated love, friendship, and careers.

Unfortunately, Likobe’s return to television was not without its challenges. Reports surfaced of conflicts between Likobe and the production crew, including allegations of disrespect, unprofessional behavior, and demands for ownership of the show’s rights.

As a result of ongoing issues and disruptions caused by Likobe’s behavior on set, producer Jirongo Luyali made the difficult decision to remove Likobe from the show. Luyali cited Likobe’s lack of respect for the crew, disruptive behavior, and unreasonable demands as the reasons for parting ways.

The show was subsequently renamed “Hekaya” and continued to entertain audiences without Likobe’s presence. This decision was made to maintain the integrity and smooth flow of the storyline.

Likobe’s influence extended beyond his own career. Inspekta Mwala, another well-known comedian and actor, drew inspiration from his uncle Likobe. The physical resemblance between the two, coupled with Likobe’s mentorship, played a significant role in shaping Mwala’s successful career in the entertainment industry. It is widely reported that Likobe is Inspekta Mwala’s actual uncle.

Likobe’s contributions to Kenyan comedy and television are undeniable. His ability to bring laughter to people’s lives and his dedication to supporting young talents will always be cherished. Likobe’s legacy lives on in the hearts of fans and through the countless moments of joy he brought to households across the country.