Mpali’s Mai Guru shares her cervical cancer story
IN 2014, Wanga Zulu Mutale thought her life had ended after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. But six years on, the mother of five is a star actress playing the character of Junza aka Mai Guru in the popular drama series, ‘Mpali’.
Wanga explains that a supportive husband and chilren along with professional counselling and treatment from doctors at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka saw her through the battle which she eventually won.
“I thought that was the end of my life. I started to thinking of my children, the little ones especially,” explains the actress of 16 years.
She explains that besides her immediate family, the only other person who knew about her condition was fellow actress and close friend, Annie Katamanda who plays Pingiwe in another popular Zambezi Magic drama ‘Zuba’.
“I thought that if I die, Annie will tell everyone what would have killed me,” she adds.
Wang’s attributes her miraculous recovery to divine intervention.
“God healed me from cancer,” she says with a beaming smile.
Wanga told her story during the High Level Private Sector Engagement on Cervical and Breast Cancer Control graced by first lady Esther Lungu in Lusaka.
She believes many more other women can heal from cancer if they are screened regularly and diagnosis is done early enough.
She has made it her aim to help create awareness about the disease.
“You never know that you have cervical cancer until you go for screening,” she says.
Wanga urges women to screen regularly and begin treatment immediately they are diagnosed.
For the time being, she is doing what she does best – playing the role of senior wife to the polygamous Nguzu (Mutale Nonde) in ‘Mpali’.
By Masuzyo Chakwe