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General News of Thursday, 16 December 2021


Famous Nigerians who died in 2021

Sound Sultan (L) T.B Joshua (M) and Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (L) died in 2021 Sound Sultan (L) T.B Joshua (M) and Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru (L) died in 2021

Death is the finality that happens to all men. Shakespeare in one of his plays also said, "the world is a stage and those in it are the actors."

As a stage, we are meant to depart one day and the vehicle through which this is achieved is death.

Nigerians die every day unannounced but some Nigerians have given up the ghost in 2021, whose death took the centre stage.

Below is a list of Nigerians who died in 2021

1. Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru

A fine infantry officer who has proven his mettle on the battlefield. He was appointed early in the year as the Chief of Army Staff but died on May 21, 2021.

His tenure as COAS was the shortest in the nation's history but one of the brightest.

His short tenure as Mary Chief saw a renewed vigor as troops gained hope in the ongoing battle against the Boko Haram insurgents.

He died in Kaduna when the military aircraft he was traveling in from Abuja to Kaduna crash-landed and burst into flames.

2. Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd.)

The former military governor of Imo and Lagos States died on January 13, 2021, at the age of 77.

Admiral Kanu also served as Chief of Naval Staff during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo as a military Head of State.

After retirement from the military, he became a pro-democracy campaigner and called for decentralization of power and increased federalism.

Admiral Kanu was much loved in the Nigerian human rights community for his vocal opposition to military rule have also come from a military background.

3. Yinka Odumakin

The Yakooyo born Lagos civil society juggernaut was a colossus whose death is still being felt by the nation's civil societies community.

His death which came about as a result of complications from coronavirus occurred on April 24, 2021.

His wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin is also a civil rights advocate who surprisingly gave birth to twins in late October 2021.

The late Odumakin before his demise was the Secretary-General of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba political organization.

4. Yisa Sofoluwe

He was a member of the squad that played in the 1984 and 1988 Nations Cup in Cote D'Ivoire and Morocco coming out with silver medals on both occasions.

He played 40 times for Nigeria and scored once in the green and white of Nigeria.
He was also the regular left-back for the Green Eagles from 1983 through 1988.

He played for Nigerian club sides like Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta.

Yisa Sofoluwe died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital on February 9, 2021, after being diagnosed with mild cerebral atrophy, a brain disease, aged 53 years.

5. Sadiq Daba

He was a beloved thespian who died as a result of a long and running battle with Leukaemia and prostate cancer on March 3, 2021.

Sadiq Daba came into prominence in the early 1980s when he featured as 'Bitrus' in the 'Cock Crow At Dawn' Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) series.

After the series, Daba went back to his job at the NTA and finally retired from service to pursue a Nollywood career.

He acted in many blockbuster Nollywood flicks, amongst which is 'October 1'.
In 2015, Daba won the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actor for his role as "Inspector Waziri" in October 1.

6. Lateef Jakande

He was the governor to beat in Lagos State. Being a former governor, he lived a modest lifestyle and died modestly in his Ilupeju, Lagos residence on February 12, 2021.

He was also an accomplished journalist who was once Editor of Tribune titles and he was a founding member of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, Lagos State.

As governor of Lagos State, under the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), his administration set about to provide affordable accommodation for the growing population of the state. This government decision gave birth to the "Jakande Low Cost Housing Estates" dotted around Lagos State.

He died on February 21, 2021.

7. Sir Victor Uwaifo

Known as the "Guitar Boy", the Benin-born musician was a jack of all trade and master of all.

He was popularly known for hit songs like "Joromi" and "Guitar Boy". He died on August 28, 2021 in Benin City, Edo State.

8. Temitope Babatunde Joshua

The founder of Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) was a renowned televangelist whose tales of miracles healings transcended Nigeria's shores.

The Arigidi Akoko born man of God died suddenly on June 5, 2021, some days to his 58th birthday.

He was not a man without controversies but somehow he managed to evade them.

He was heavily involved in humanitarian deeds and he proclaimed prophecies that had international dimensions and presidents of African countries paid visits to the SCOAN to headquarter church in Ijegun area of Lagos State

His church also encouraged religious tourism into the country.

9. Sound Sultan

Born Olanrewaju Abdul-Ganiu Fasasi, the "Jagbajantis" crooner died in the United States of America on July 11, 2021, aged 44 years.

At the time of his death, he was reported to be undergoing chemotherapy for Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.

10. Rachel Oniga

From Eku, Delta State, actress Oniga featured in English and Yoruba speaking Nollywood movies.

She died in Lagos on July 30, 2021, as a result of heart-related ailments.

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