The Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc around the world. This deadly virus has already claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people. It doesn’t spare African countries and have taken many African personalities.
The Covid-19 epidemic continues to grow steadily in Africa. Egypt and South Africa are particularly affected, but the new Coronavirus is also progressing very rapidly in Mauritania, Libya, and Nigeria.
Several African personalities have succumbed to this disease.
1. Somali envoy to Egypt and the Arab League: Somalia’s ambassador to Egypt, Abdikani Mohamed Wa’ays, died of Coronavirus on May 10.
2. The Nigerien Minister for Employment and Labor: Mohamed Ben Omar, died of the disease on May 2. Omar died at the main hospital in the capital Niamey.
3. Kenyan bishop dies in Italy: Bishop Silas Njiru died April 28 while he was under treatment at the Rivoli hospital. He was 92 years old.
4. The Chef de Cabinet of Guinea: Sékou Kourouma, the secretary-general of the government and a close friend of President Alpha Condé, died of Coronavirus on April 18.
5. The chief of staff of the Nigerian President: President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, died of COVID-19 on Friday, April 17. He is said to have contracted the virus while on an official mission to Germany.
6. The President of the electoral commission of Guinea: Amadou Salif Kebe, President of the Guinean electoral body, died April 17, 2020.
7. A celebrant of South African history: History celebrant Benoît Somi Vilakazix died on April 11 at the age of 57.
8. Emeka Chugbo, a Nigerian doctor: Emeka Chugbo, died after contracting the Coronavirus while taking care of an infected patient in his private clinic.
9. Khalif Mumin, the senior regional official for Somalia: Khalid Mumin, died on April 12 of the consequences of the Coronavirus in a hospital in the capital Mogadishu.
10. Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule: Ghana has lost a renowned doctor, Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule. He died of Covid-19 on Friday, April 10, in Accra.
11. Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeydi, father of modern Somali music: Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeydi was one of the founders of modern Somali music. He died in London at the age of 92.
12. Former Libyan Prime Minister who served after dethroned of Gaddafi: Mahmud Jibril died in an Egyptian hospital. He was a former head of the rebel government who overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
13. Former Somali Prime Minister “Nur Adde”: Former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, also known as “Nur Adde”, died of Coronavirus in London.
14. A famous Zimbabwean journalist: Zororo Makamba was the first person to die from Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. He was 30 years old at the time of his death.
15. Aurlus Mabele: Congo has lost a music star Aurlus Mabele. He had been nicknamed “king of the soukous” – a dance appreciated across the continent.
16. Former Congolese President Yhombi-Opango: Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, former President of the Republic of Congo, died in a Paris hospital at the age of 81.
17. African music icon, Manu Dibango: Cameroonian afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango succumbed to the Coronavirus. The author of “Soul Makossa” died at the age of 86.
18. Mukendi Wa Mulumba – senior legal adviser to the President of the DRC: Jean-Joseph Mukendi Wa Mulumba, senior legal adviser to President Felix Tshisekedi, died of Covid-19. He is said to have contracted the virus while in France for a medical examination.
19. Rose Marie Compaoré: a lawmaker from Burkina Faso: She was the first victim of the Coronavirus in Burkina Faso. Rose Marie Compaoré, an opposition MP, died on March 17. She was 62 years old at the time of her death.
20. The Senegalese journalist and sports administrator – Pape Diouf: Journalist and sports administrator Pape Diouf died of Coronavirus. He was President of the French football club in Marseille between 2005-2009.