Zimbabwe’s most famous comedian, Lazarus Boora nearly died of appendicitis had it not been for the solidarity of his countrymen who rallied around him and financed his surgery.
After a successful surgery last week to remove the appendix, Lazarus Boora is now out of danger and out of the hospital, he is back home with his family.
At the time of his illness, Lazarus Boora was broke. Alone in the face of suffering, he could already feel the angel of death blowing in his ear as if to ask him to hurry.
Fortunately, his daughter Tanaka Boora cried out to Zimbabweans, fundraising meetings were organised, funds poured in to the tune of US$18,000. A sum more than enough to carry out such a simple surgery.
Just a week after his admission to Harare Hospital, Lazarus Boora is well enough to go home, to the great satisfaction of his compatriots including Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, wife of President Mnangagwa who visited him on Wednesday, just minutes before he left the hospital.
Nicknamed Gringo, Lazarus Boora is considered a comedy icon in Zimbabwe. “Here he is what Papa Wemba was for the Congolese,” Mark Ndlovu, a resident of Harare said.
Boora is credited with many successful works like “Gringo Ndiani” “Gringo IRIPI Mari” and “Gringo the Troublemaker” which are widely viewed in TV channels across Zimbabwe.
But just like many African artists and particularly actors do not live from their art, their talents not withstanding. Very often they suffer and die in destitution and obscurity, like the case of Brazzos in the DRC.