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These 20 African personalities died from Covid-19 [Photos]

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.

Abdikani Mohamed Wa’ays
Abdikani Mohamed Wa’ays

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.

Mohamed Ben Omar
Mohamed Ben Omar

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.

Bishop Silas Njiru
Bishop Silas Njiru

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. 

Sékou Kourouma
Sékou Kourouma

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.

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Abba Kyari

6. The President of the electoral commission of Guinea: Amadou Salif Kebe, President of the Guinean electoral body, died April 17, 2020.

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Amadou Salif Kebe
Amadou Salif Kebe

7. A celebrant of South African history: History celebrant Benoît Somi Vilakazix died on April 11 at the age of 57.

Benoît Somi Vilakazix
Benoît Somi Vilakazix

8. Emeka Chugbo, a Nigerian doctor: Emeka Chugbo, died after contracting the Coronavirus while taking care of an infected patient in his private clinic.

Emeka Chugbo
Emeka Chugbo

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.

Khalid Mumin
Khalid Mumin

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.

Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule
Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule

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.

Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeydi
Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeydi

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.

Mahmud Jibril
Mahmud Jibril

13. Former Somali Prime Minister “Nur Adde”: Former Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein, also known as “Nur Adde”, died of Coronavirus in London.

Nur Hassan Hussein
©REUTERS/Abdiaziz Hassan (DJIBOUTI) -Nur Hassan Hussein

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.

Zororo Makamba
Zororo Makamba

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.

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Aurlus Mabele
Aurlus Mabele

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.

Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango
Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango

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.

Manu Dibango
Manu Dibango

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.

Mukendi Wa Mulumba
Mukendi Wa Mulumba

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.

Rose Marie Compaoré
Rose Marie Compaoré

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.

Pape Diouf
Pape Diouf

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