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

Likobe, the beloved comedian from the popular TV series Vitimbi and Vituko in the 1990s, brought laughter to million of viewers in the country.

He played other major roles on various shows like Vioja Mahakamani and Zoa and Subira, becoming a household name in Kenya.

Here is his story as told by WoK.


He is a father of two and grandfather.


Likobe, born Aurelian Mwalukumbi Mliwa on June 15, 1964, in Mbololo, Taita Taveta county, captured the hearts of Kenyans with his hilarious performances on Vitimbi.

His versatility as an actor allowed him to bring laughter to audiences through various characters and roles.

Even after his retirement from the screen, Likobe’s name continued to resonate with Kenyans. His memorable performances alongside other legendary actors like Mzee Ngomongo, Mama Kayai, Mogaka, Nyasuguta, and the late Mzee Ojwang cemented his place in the hearts of fans.

Supporting Talents and Giving Back

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

Likobe Returns to Television

After a long hiatus, Likobe made a triumphant comeback with a new reality show called Marafiki Show.

The show, produced by Jirongo Luyali of Luyali Media, explored the lives of a group of friends with short stature as they navigate love, friendship, and careers.

Challenges and Controversies

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

Parting Ways

Due to ongoing issues and disruptions caused by the comedian’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.

Hekaya: A New Chapter

Following the funnyman departure, the show was renamed “Hekaya” and continued to entertain audiences without his presence. The decision to move forward without Likobe was necessary to maintain the integrity and smooth flow of the storyline.

Likobe’s Influence on Inspekta Mwala

Inspekta Mwala, another well-known comedian and actor, gained 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.

Reports have it that Likobe is Inspekta Mwala’s real uncle.

A Legacy of Laughter

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