African leaders have paid tribute to Britain’s Prince Philp’s, who died on Friday at the age of 99.
In a press conference with Spain’s Prime Minister, Senegal’s President Macky Sall said of the Duke of Edinburgh:
“I would like to salute the memory of his Highness, Prince Philip of Great Britain, who has died. I present my condolences to the Queen Elizabeth II, as well as to the British people.”
Zimbabwe‘s President Emmerson Mnangagwa expressed his condolences in a Tweet, saying “may his soul rest in peace.”
My deepest condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the @RoyalFamily on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) April 9, 2021
Prince Philip was born in Greece and served throughout the Second World War. He is famed for his deep sense of public duty
In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta said
“His Royal Highness Prince Philip has been a towering symbol of family values and the unity of the British people as well as the entire global community.”
On behalf of the Government and the People of the United Republic of Kenya, I convey my heartfelt condolences to you Your Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, and through you to the People of the United Kingdom following the sudden demise of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh
— Uhuru Kenyatta🅨 (@KenyataOfficial) April 9, 2021Loading...
The news everywhere to be seen on Kenyan TV and people expressed support.
It was in Kenya where the royal couple learned Elizabeth’s father had died and she was now Queen.
Their lives changed after that and he ended his career in the navy.
Nigeria‘s President Muhammadu Buhari said he was a “global icon”. In a statement, he said the Commonwealth will remember the prince “for generations to come”.
Zambia‘s President Edgar Lunga also sent his condolences.
Zambia joins the rest of the World in mourning the passing of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip. We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Family and the British people.#PrincePhilipRIP #ZambiaMourns pic.twitter.com/flaMtlqp3Z
— Edgar Chagwa Lungu (@EdgarCLungu) April 9, 2021
The head of the World Trade Organization Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala praised him for founding the Earthshot Prize council, an environmental award that she is involved with.
Saddened by the passing of HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. My condolences to HM the Queen, PM @BorisJohnson, @trussliz and people of the UK. Let me particularly condole HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge @KensingtonRoyal, Founder & member of our Earthshot Prize Council.
— Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (@NOIweala) April 9, 2021
Meanwhile in Malawi, although his passing is sad, people said the focus should be on his life.
“It is sad yes because we have lost a life but then looking at the age he was, I guess it’s a celebratory thing. We need to celebrate the Prince’s life and no need for crying,” said Lilongwe resident Maxwell Kalulu.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”