Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

12 April 2012

Tanzania: Kanumba Predicted His Death - Cameraman

"Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ... ( Resource: R.I.P. Steven C. Kanumba

THE late Steven Kanumba predicted his own death in his film titled 'Power and Love' which is yet to be released to the public, his Chief Cameraman has said.

The local film star died on Saturday of brain concussion, which means brain injury that was caused by a sudden blow on the head. One of the doctors at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) who participated in the autopsy said due to brain injury, the film icon died on the spot.

On Friday night the late Kanumba was in the company of his girlfriend Elizabeth Michael popularly know as Lulu, who was arraigned on Wednesday. Speaking to 'Daily News' yesterday, Zakayo Magulu who also doubles as a film Editor and Assistant Director said the last scene of the film where Kanumba dies, is exactly the way he died in real life, was previously not in the original script.

The last scene of the original script of the film 'Power and Love' was to have him seen walking along a lonely road feeling sad, after a dispute with the woman he loved in the film.

"Kanumba said, the ending was not mesmerizing, thereby proposing a scene where he would be pushed by the woman he loved and die in the process," Mr Magulu said.

Expounding on the 'Power and Love' film, Mr Magulu said Kanumba donated his kidney to a woman, 'Irene Paul' whom they had fallen in love. Later on in the film, the woman, Irene Paul, goes back to her previous boyfriend; a dispute ensued prompting the woman to push Kanumba and he dropped dead.

Mr Magulu said the same friend who went to see Kanumba when he died in the film whom he identified as Kupa, was also there when Kanumba was being taken to the mortuary in real life.

The same doctor, whom Mr Magulu identified by one name, Pancras who was also in the film to examine Kanumba when he was pushed by the woman he loved and died, was the same doctor who was called to examine the late icon, when he was pushed by his girlfriend, fell down and died in real life.

"Everything happened just like it was in the last scene of the Power and Love film," he explained. He said 60 per cent of the Power and Love film has been edited already and another film 'Ndoa Yangu' produced by Kanumba is ready.

Mr Magulu said other arrangements including management of the Kanumba The Great Film Company and distribution of the films are awaiting decisions of the late actor's family.

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