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General News of Sunday, 26 December 2021


Famous Nigerians who died in 2021

Famous Nigerians who died in 2021 Famous Nigerians who died in 2021

Death is the finality that happens to all man. 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 from it one day and the vehicles through which this is achieved is death.

Nigerians die everyday unannounced but some Nigerians have given up the ghost in 2021, whose death tool the centre stage.

We begin this topic from:

1. Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru

A fine infantry officer who has proven his mettle on the battle field. 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 vigour and zest on the part of trooos in the ongoing battle against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Attahiru who had an intimidating physique but lived by the troops was described as humane.
He died in Kaduna when the military aircraft he was travelling 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 tha administration of Olusegun Obasanjo as a military Head of State.

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

Admiral Kanu was much loved in the Nigerian human right community for his vocal opposition to military rule having 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 occured 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 organisation.

4. Yisa Sofoluwe

Known as the dean of defence was a member of 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 Prostrate 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, Dana 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 hisof 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" which dot Lagos State.

He also set about to remedy the educational discrepancies existing in the state. This intervention also gave rise to schools known as "Jakande Schools" of which this writer is a beneficiary.

Before the educational intervention, there used to be morning, afternoon and evening classes in Lagos schools as a means to curb the growing population of students in public schools in the state.
When the Second Republic was overthrown on December 31, 1983, Lateef Jakande along with other politicians of that era was arrested and sentenced to long prison terms by the Supreme Military Council headed by Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

He came back to politics and served as Minister of Worls in the cabinet of military Head of State, Sani Abacha.

This decision to be part of the cabinet after the June 12, 1993 brouhaha caused a strain of relationship between him and the Progressive politicians who interpreted his action as a betrayal of their cause.
Before he died however, the rift was settled and " Baba Kekere" lived quietly the remaining days of his life.

7. Sir Victor Uwaifo

Known as the "Guitar Boy", the Benin born musician was jack of all teade and master of all.
He was populary 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 prophesies that had international dimensions and presidents of African countries paid visits to the SCOAN 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, Oniga was a crossover actress who 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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