Mai Sorobhi laid to rest

By Colette Musanyera

Zimbabweans from all walks of life thronged Warren Hills Cemetery in Harare this Thursday for the burial of the late veteran actress Rhodha Mtembe, popularly known as Mai Sorobhi.

She succumbed to a stroke she suffered in 2019.

Among the mourners was Paraffin Drama series scriptwriter, Agnes Gwatiringa who fondly remembers Mai Sorobhi as an industrious actress.

“Mai Sorobhi was a very good script interpreter. She paid attention to detail and she was a pleasure to work with. She could even add amazing lines which were not part of the script, but she did it with excellence much to the delight of television viewers. I don’t think that we will ever find a replacement for Mai Sorobhi,” she said.

Paraffin Drama Series cast members and other celebrated thespians reckon the late screen goddess is irreplaceable.

National Arts Council Deputy Director, Josiah Kusena expressed gratitude to the government for financial assistance towards Mai Sorobhi’s burial.

“Mai Sorobhi was an arts legend and it is really difficult to replace her. I would like to thank the government for recognising the role played by artists in our society. The government has given financial assistance to the family and as the arts sector we are grateful for that,” Kusena said.

The powerful role interpreter will be remembered for her roles in productions like Paraffin, Mwana Anokosha, Asi Chii Nhai and Pfuma Yenhaka.

She is survived by seven children, 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.