Notable African Personalities Who Passed on in 2019

Algeria army chief Gaid Salah died at 79

Ahmed Gaid Salah Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army on June 27, 2012./Getty Images

Algerian government radio reported that the army boss died on 23 Dec.2019 morning in the military hospital of Algiers from a heart attack.His death came less than a week after Abdelmadjid Tebboune was sworn in as the country’s new president, on December 19.

Former Nigeria striker Isaac Promise

Promise Isaac of Nigeria controls the ball during the Men’s Group B match between Nigeria and Japan on Day 2 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Tianjin, China./Getty Images

Former Al Ahli, Trabzonspor & Austin Bold striker Promise Isaac died on 4 Oct.2019 at the age of 31, his club, American side Austin Bold FC, said.The club, however, did not state the cause of death.

Isaac was captain of the Nigerian team that won a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He also represented the Super Eagles in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Tunisia’s ex-president Ben Ali died aged 83

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali./ Getty

Ben Ali who ruled the North African country from some 22 years, died in Saudi Arabia, where he had been living in exile since January 2011 when he was ousted by a revolution.The former leader’s death came just days after Tunisia held its second free presidential election.


Robert Mugabe died at 95

Robert Mugabe./AFP/Getty Images

Mugabe, died in Singapore in September, where he had been receiving treatment for a couple of months.The founding president of Zimbabwe had ruled the southern African nation from 1980 to 2017, when he was ousted by his vice-president with the help of the military.Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.

Hodan Nalayeh the Somali-Canadian journalist died aged 43

Hodan Nalayeh a Somali-Canadian journalist who died in Kismayo Somalia following a terror attack.

The Somali-Canadian journalist was one of 27 people killed on July 13 in a terrorist attack in the Somali port city of Kismayo. She had just returned to Kismayo after spending a few days in Nairobi, Kenya working on a story about Somali women entrepreneurs in Kenya.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore succumbed to cancer

Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore speaks during the Safaricom half year results announcement. [Photo Courtesy]

The Chief Executive Officer of Kenya’s largest mobile network operator Safaricom, Bob Collymore, died on 1 July.The Guyanese-born CEO died at his home in Nairobi on Monday morning, according to a statement from the chairman of the company, Nicholas Ng’ang’a. Collymore, who had been suffering from cancer, had already made known his intention to retire from Safaricom earlier this year, due to health complications.


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