The death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic across Africa is gone past the 2,000 mark as of May 7th, 2020. The casualties cut across age groups. From the death of a 6 year-old in Kenya, older patients in most instances and persons in the youth bracket.
Whiles each death is reported with a sombre mood and with condolences to affected families, some of the casualties have united a country in grief, in other cases united the continent and people beyond Africa’s borders.
From top politicians – former presidents, prime ministers and lawmakers, to entertainment icons and top sportsmen, the virus has left in its wake prominent casualties who could hardly get the send-off they would have been accorded in “normal times.” This article briefly profiles as many casualties as possible:
– Congo’s former President Jacques Yhombi-Opango.
– Libya’s ex Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril.
– Niger’s Minister of Labour, Mohamed Ben Omar.
– Guinea’s Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Amadou Salif Kebe.
– Burkina Faso’s VP of Parliament, Rose Marie Compaoré
– Nigeria’s Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari
– Guinea’s chief of staff, Sékou Kourouma
– Top Somalia regional official, Khalif Mumin
– Top legal aide to DRC president, Mukendi wa Mulumba
– African music icon, Cameroon’s Manu Dibango
– Senegalese journalist, sports administrator – Pape Diouf
– Ex-Somali Prime Minister “Nur Adde”
– Revered Kenyan Bishop, Bishop Silas Njiru
May the souls of everyone lost in Africa and the rest of the world due to this pandemic rest in perfect peace.