Africa is Mourning Prominent Heroes Who Have Died of Coronavirus


Many Africans and people in the western countries has died of Coronavirus. The novel pandemic has caused humanity a lot of trauma. Staying at home all the time, the stress of not knowing when things will return to normal. The worst of it all, Africa and the rest of the world is mourning beloved dads, mums, and heroes who have died of the virus. No one ever imagined this bad news, and it is so sad that we are living in times when no one can know his fate to survive.

The recent news as of 17th April 2020, Africa records 18, 400 cases of Covid- 19, 4,344 patients recovered, and 966 deaths. The numbers are continually increasing each day, and reports show that there could be more cases than the figures above. It is a matter of a few testing kits and instruments to determine the actual numbers. This leaves us with one question. What is the fate of Africa? You should not be afraid, instead, hold on and stay home. Keep social distancing, and regularly wash your hands!

The African heroes who have died of coronavirus

Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule

Professor Jacob was a renowned Ghanaian physician lost his life to COVID-19 on Friday, 10th April. His demise happened in the early hours in the capital Accra at the University of Ghana Medical center.

He was the Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. A senior colleague at the GMA, Ghana Medical Association, announced the death of the fellow professor. He added that the diseased had an underlying medical condition at the time he was battling for his life in the intense care facility in the university.

Ahmed Ismail Hussein Hudeydi

Ahmed, famously known as ”the father of modern Somali music” died in London due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was 92 years of age at the time of his death.

Ahmed became popular due to the musical instrument he used to play, ”the King of Oud’’ during the times of anti-colonial rule in Somali.

Mahmud Jibril

Mahmud Jibril was an Ex Libyan Prime Minister who served during the Gaddafi reign. He was also the former head of the rebel government who planned the coup that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Jibril died of the virus on April 5 in an Egyptian hospital.

The reports show that he was hospitalized on March 21 with a heart attack before testing positive coronavirus.

Nur Hassan Hussein

Hussein was a Somali EX Prime Minister. The 82-year-old died of coronavirus in London. During his younger age, Nur served as the Somali Prime Minister between November 2007 and February 2009. Nur was also an onetime attorney general working under the former President Siad Barre, who was overthrown back in 1991.

During his younger age, Nur Hassan worked as a police officer and later trained as a lawyer. Friends hailed him for his exceptional duty at work during the term he served as the leader to his country.

”We extend our most profound condolences to the Somali people, friends and the bereaved family of Somalia’s former Prime Minister, HE Nur Hassan Hussein, who passed away in London, UK,”

Somali Prime Minister posted on his Twitter account.

Pape Diouf

Pape was a famous Senegalese journalist and sports administrator. The country mourned its first COVID-19 death with a lot of pain cases because it took one of the most jovial, most celebrated son of the land, Pape Diouf. Pape also served as the president of the French soccer club Marseille between the years 2005 and 2009. He died hospital in Dakar, at the age of 68 years.

Aurlus Mabele

On Thursday, March 19th, 2020, at 14:00 G, the whole of Africa was mourning the King of Soukous. The Congolese superstar lost his life to coronavirus, which left many of his fans in Africa and worldwide for losing a great musician.

Aurlus Mabele’s real name is Aurelien Miatsoname. He was from Congo-Brazzaville and relocated to France in the late 1980s. The legend of Lingala passed on in Parisian Hospital at the age of 67. His death, according to the local Congolese news, was first posted on Facebook by his compatriot Mav Cacharel. Announcing the sad news to the world, he wrote;

”Evening everyone I have sad news to announce the death of my famous friend, brother, and collaborator Aurlus Mabele, which happened this Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 14:00 G, in the Paris region, from the follow-up of a coronavirus case,’’

Cacharel’s post read in part.

Aurlus Mabele will forever be remembered as the African King of Soukous – a high kind of tempo dance music enjoyed worldwide.


The African hero was an Ex Congolese president. In late March, the former president of the Republic of Congo passed after contracting coronavirus. Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango died at the age of 82 in a Paris hospital in London.

Among other prominent African leaders who have lost their lives include, Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian Afro-jazz legend. Mukendi Wa Mulumba, a top legal aid to the president of DR Congo. Ms. Rose Marie Compaore, a prominent lawmaker in Burkina Faso. And many of our mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who have died of coronavirus.

These bad times call for all of us to realize the scale and seriousness of this pandemic. With every African government efforts trying to contain the spread of this fatal virus, remember you also have a role to play. Protect your family and friends: keep social distance, wash hands, sanitize, and STAY HOME!



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