2019 In Tribute: Notable People We Lost


From Nigerian scholar, Pius Adeyemi to Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe, here are some of the notable deaths of 2019.


– 10: Emir Of Lafia died of an undisclosed ailment at the age of 84.

– 13: Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer

– 21: Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, 28, was killed when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel.

– 30 Grammy-Winning R&B Singer James Ingram dies at 66; his rise to fame came after he lent his smooth vocals to the songs “Just Once”


-11: NFF General Secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi died of a brief illness.

-16: Bruno Ganz, the actor whose role as Hitler inspired countless parodies died in Zurich, he was suffering from cancer. Ganz died aged 77.

-19: Iconic Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld died at 85. Lagerfeld was artistic director at Chanel.

-28: Veteran Musician Andre Previn died at 89.


-01: Former Kano Governor, Hamza Abdullahi died in Germany of a brief illness.

-09: Mr Temitope Olatoye, a House Of Reps Member was shot dead in Oyo State.

-10: Nigerian scholar, author and popular columnist/activist, Pius Adesanmi, was among those killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed.


-o1: Grammy-Nominated US Rapper, Nipsey Hussle was shot dead, he was only 33.

-13: Former Appeal Court President Mamman Nasir died at 90.


-12: Respected boxing judge turned broadcaster Harold Lederman died of cancer, he was 79.

-13: Hollywood Icon Doris Day died at 97, she had always been in good health till she contracted pneumonia.

-31: The President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Francis Johnson died of a brief illness.


-01: Ex-Arsenal Striker Jose Reyes died in a car crash.

-17: Egypt Ex-President Morsi died after fainting in court.


-07: Disney Star Cameron Boyce (20) died in his sleep.

-22: Precious Owolabi, a corps member serving with Channels TV died in a clash between Shiites and men of the Nigerian Police Force.

-25: Tunisia’s President Beji Essebsi died at 92, he was severely ill.

-27: Veteran Sports Journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji, died at the age of 62.


-06: Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison died at 88,

-12: DJ Arafat died in a road crash.

-27: First Gambia President, Dawda Jawara died at 95.


-06: Zimbabwe Ex-President Robert Mugabe died aged 95, he died of an undisclosed ailment.

-19: Tunisia’s Ex-President Ben Ali died at 83.

-22: Ex-Ghanaian international Agogo died at 40, he suffered a stroke.

-23: Nigeria’s Chief Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Osakwe passed on. It was undisclosed what the cause of his death was.

-26: Former SGF, Ufot Ekaette (80) died of a brief illness, he was appointed SGF in May 1999 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

-26: Former French President, Jacques Chirac died of an ill-health.

-29: Popular Twitter commentator Stanley Nwabia died following an unsuccessful blood transfusion procedure in Lagos.


-03: Nigeria’s Olympic Silver Medalist, Isaac Promise died at 31, he is said to have collapsed at his apartment gym in Austin.

-07: Veteran Broadcaster Kunle Olasope died at 82.

-26: Deborah Jibowu died at 95, she was Nigeria’s first female science graduate.

-31: First Lagos Governor, Mobolaji Johnson died at 83. Johnson became governor of Lagos State in May 1967 until he retired from the Nigerian Army in July 1975 during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd).


-11: Former Petroleum Minister, Tam David-West died at 83, he served as Minister of Petroleum and Energy under President Muhammadu Buhari’s military regime.

-15: Nigeria’s Former Minister of Information, Alex Akinyele died at 81, he died of a brief ailment.

-27: Media personality, Binta Badmus, passed on allegedly due to a medical error. She worked with Smooth FM as a radio presenter before joining ‘The Other News’ on Channels TV.


-07: Renowned Pentecostal Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke died aged 79, he was widely known for his gospel missions throughout African countries, including Nigeria and South Africa.

-18: Senator Ben Uwajumogu who was representing Imo North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, died at the nation’s capital, he was aged 51.

-31: Dr Muhammadu Adamu Fagengawo, a Reps Member representing Garki/Babura Federal constituency in Jigawa state, died at a hospital in Dubai.

May their families, friends and loved ones find comfort, solace, and fortitude to bear the loss.

‘Marathon Continues’, Fans Remember Nipsey Hussle On His 34th Posthumous Birthday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 07, 2019 Nipsey Hussle / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


Fans of the late American rapper, Nipsey Hussle’s have taken to social media to remember him on his 34th posthumous birthday.

To celebrate his posthumous birthday, many are expecting large crowds to visit the site of Hussle’s store, the Marathon Clothing.

Nipsey Hussle whose original name is Ermias Asghedom, was killed in broad daylight outside of his Marathon Clothing store on March 31.

READ ALSO: Grammy-Nominated US Rapper, Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead

Two other men were wounded in the shooting which the Police have said was due to a personal dispute.

One of the suspect, Eric Holder, 29, has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and other charges.

Hussle’s memorial drew thousands of mourners to South L.A.

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Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Others Shine At 2019 BET Awards


The BET on Sunday held its 19th awards ceremony.

It was another exciting night to celebrate the very best in entertainment and culture with performances and appearances by some of the biggest names across television, film and music.

The night saw artists and top acts such as Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Michael B. Jordan and Nigeria’s Burna Boy, take top honours.

Here’s a full list of nominees and winners for the 2019 Bet Awards.

Best International Act

Aka (South Africa)
Aya Nakamura (France)
Burna Boy (Nigeria) – Winner 
Dave (Uk)
Dosseh (France)
Giggs (Uk)
Eazi (Nigeria)


Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

Headie One (Uk)
Jokair (France)
Nesly (France)
Octavian (Uk)
Sho Madjodzi (South Africa) – Winner 
Teniola Apata (Nigeria)


Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

Beyoncé – Winner 
Ella Mai
Teyana Taylor


Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Anderson Paak
Bruno Mars – Winner
Childish Gambino
Chris Brown
John Legend


Best Group
Chloe X Halle
City Girls
Lil Baby & Gunna
Migos – Winner 
The Carters


Best Collaboration
21 Savage Ft. J. Cole A Lot
Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me
Cardi B Ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It
H.E.R. Ft. Bryson Tiller Could’ve Been
Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode – Winner 
Tyga Ft. Offset Taste


Best Male Hip Hop Artist
21 Savage
Meek Mill
Nipsey Hussle – Winner
Travis Scott

Nipsey Hussle’s family (L-R) Kross Ermias Asghedom, Samantha Smith, Angelique Smith, Emani Asghedom and Dawit Asghedom accept the Humanitarian Award in honor of Nipsey Hussle onstage at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Jean-Baptiste LACROIX / AFP


Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Cardi B – Winner 
Kash Doll
Megan Thee Stallion
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma


Video Of The Year
21 Savage A Lot Ft. J. Cole
Cardi B Money
Cardi B & Bruno Mars Please Me
Childish Gambino This Is America – Winner 
Drake Nice For What
The Carters Apes**T


Video Director of The Year
Benny Boom
Colin Tilley
Dave Meyers
Hype Williams
Karena Evans – Winner 


Best New Artist

City Girls
Juice Wrld
Lil Baby – Winner 
Queen Naija


Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

Erica Campbell Ft. Warryn Campbell All Of My Life
Fred Hammond Tell Me Where It Hurts
Kirk Franklin Love Theory
Snoop Dogg Ft. Rance Allen Blessing Me Again – Winner 
Tori Kelly Ft. Kirk Franklin Never Alone


Best Actress

Issa Rae
Regina Hall
Regina King – Winner 
Taraji P. Henson
Tiffany Haddish
Viola Davis

Best Actor

Anthony Anderson
Chadwick Boseman
Denzel Washington
Mahershala Ali
Michael B. Jordan – Winner 
Omari Hardwick


Youngstars Award

Caleb Mclaughlin
Lyric Ross
Marsai Martin – Winner 
Michael Rainey Jr.
Miles Brown


Best Movie

Blackkklansman – Winner 
Creed 2
If Beale Street Could Talk
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
The Hate U Give


Sportswoman Of The Year

Allyson Felix
Candace Parker
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams – Winner 
Simone Biles


Sportsman Of The Year

Kevin Durant
Lebron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Stephen Curry – Winner 
Tiger Woods


Album Of The Year

Astroworld Travis Scott
Championships Meek Mill
Ella Mai Ella Mai
Everything Is Love The Carters
Invasion Of Privacy Cardi B – Winner 


2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin I Like It
Childish Gambino This Is America
Drake In My Feelings
Ella Mai Trip – Winner 
Cole Middle Child
Travis Scott Ft. Drake Sicko Mode


Bet Her Award

Alicia Keys Raise A Man
Ciara Level Up
H.E.R. Hard Place – Winner 
Janelle Monáe Pynk
Queen Naija Mama’s Hand
Teyana Taylor Rose In Harlem

LA Police Arrest Suspect Behind Nipsey Hussle’s Death

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (L) listens as Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Michael Moore addresses the media at LAPD Headquarters on April 2, 2019, in Los Angeles, California as a suspect has been named and is sought in the murder of Rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Frederic J. BROWN / AFP


Los Angeles police said Tuesday they had arrested the man suspected of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle, ending a two-day manhunt following the Grammy-nominated artist’s shock death.

The LAPD said the suspect, Eric Holder, was in police custody in connection with the fatal shooting, which authorities say was not gang-related.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who had blamed “senseless gun violence” for the death of 33-year-old Hussle, voiced hope for “justice that Nipsey’s family and community deserve” as the arrest was announced.

The killing in broad daylight triggered an outpouring of grief in LA and among Hussle’s superstar peers, who hailed both his musical talents and tireless community organizing.

Earlier Tuesday, LA police chief Michel Moore said 29-year-old Holder had verbally sparred with Hussle in front of the rapper’s clothing store in south Los Angeles on Sunday.

“Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in conversations” with Hussle, the police chief told journalists.

READ ALSO: Nipsey Hussle Death Underscores Deep-Rooted Violence Of US Streets

The suspect then “came back armed with a handgun” and fired several times at close range, hitting Hussle in the head and body.

Two other men who were standing next to Hussle were also wounded.

Moore said the shooting did not appear to be linked to any gang rivalry or feud.

Personal Dispute

“We believe this to be a dispute between Mr Hussle and Mr Holder,” Moore said. “I’m not going to go into the conversations, but it appears to be a personal matter between the two of them.”

A massive manhunt was launched after the shooting with police asking for the public’s help in locating Holder and his getaway car driven by a woman.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the unidentified woman had surrendered to police on Tuesday and Holder was subsequently arrested.

Both Moore and Garcetti lamented a recent uptick in violence in South Los Angeles, with the police chief saying: “Nipsey Hussle represents the enormity of the lives we have lost.”

Authorities urged the community to come together and avoid any further violence.

“We have a reason to feel hopeful, even in the moments of our most extreme pain,” Garcetti said. “And that’s by turning to each other.

“The absolute worst way to pay back Nipsey’s loss — somebody we lost at the hands of violence — is with more violence,” he added.

Garcetti hailed Hussle’s legacy of peace, urging the city to come together and continue the rapper’s community building efforts.

“This is about young people of colour being able to have an opportunity in their lives,” he said.

Late Monday, a candlelight vigil for Hussle outside of the clothing store where he was gunned down turned to mayhem when a stampede led to several injuries.

Moore said the event was peaceful until someone brandished a gun, prompting people to flee in panic.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said some 19 people were injured in the stampede, including two with critical injuries. One of those critically injured was reportedly hit by a car.

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, has been praised by officials in Los Angeles and by his peers for transforming himself from being a gang member to a successful rapper and community organizer who fought for the black and Latino residents of Hyde Park, the South LA neighbourhood where he grew up.

He was set to meet with local authorities on Monday to discuss ways to end gang violence.



Nineteen Injured In Stampede At Nipsey Hussle Memorial

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 01: Police force people to leave after a stampede broke out at a gathering of hundreds of people mourning the murder of Nipsey Hussle on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


Nineteen people were injured during a stampede at a memorial service on Monday for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, the city’s fire department said.

Hundreds had gathered in the southern part of the city outside Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing store where the Grammy-nominated musician was gunned down on Sunday in a suspected gang-linked attack that wounded two other people.

A stampede started just past 8:00 pm (0300 GMT Tuesday) during the service, but it was not clear what triggered it.

“Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order,” the Los Angeles Police Department said on Twitter.

READ ALSO: Grammy-Nominated US Rapper, Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead

The Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement that it transported 19 patients, two of them critical, and another two with serious injuries. The rest had “non-life threatening injuries.”

It added that there was “no evidence of any gun shot wounds” and that most people sustained “trample injuries.”

An LAPD spokesman told AFP some of the injured were “possibly stabbed.”

Hussle had found minor commercial success, but he was revered among his peers. His “Victory Lap” scored a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album this year, and his shock death sparked an outpouring of grief and tributes from hip hop royalty.

In a separate statement posted on Twitter Monday, the LAPD identified the suspected shooter as 29-year-old Eric Holder, who is still at large.


Grammy-Nominated US Rapper, Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 07, 2019 Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel in Los Angeles. Matt Winkelmeyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP


Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles Sunday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow celebrities as the city’s mayor blamed “senseless gun violence.”

Local media reported Hussle, 33, was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car.

“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.

A police spokesman told AFP the suspected shooter remained at large. Two other people were wounded.

“L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence,” Garcetti said.

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The Los Angeles Times reported the shooting was “likely planned and gang-related.”

‘Gone 2 Soon’

The Grammy-nominated rapper found minor commercial success but was highly revered among his peers, and his shock death triggered an outpouring of tributes from hip hop royalty.

“Gone 2 soon,” rapper Snoop Dogg posted on Instagram. “I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had.”

Superstar Rihanna posted that “this doesn’t make any sense!

“My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle.”

Outside his clothing store, a crowd gathered behind yellow police tape, and a grief-stricken woman clasped her hand over her mouth.

At least one cartridge case lay on the ground, near a black ball cap.

Long part of the underground rap circuit, Hussle struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which rap king Jay-Z once bought 100 of for $100 each.

Hours before his death Hussle — whose youth was intertwined with Los Angeles gang culture — tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

Hussle’s “Victory Lap” scored a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album at this year’s ceremony.

It was his first formal album, which dropped after six years of teasing but ultimately lost the honour to rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B.

Megastar Drake also posted his condolences, saying: “My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this.”

“You were a real one to your people and the rest of us,” Drake wrote. “Rest easy my g.”

Born Ermias Asghedom, Hussle was seen by many in Los Angeles as a lynchpin of the community, redistributing his earnings into the violence-plagued neighbourhoods he came from.

The artist was involved in a project to reclaim the California city’s southern districts for the black residents who made it sing.

“Hussle had a vision of a neighbourhood built for and by the sons and daughters of South L.A.,” said city councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson in a statement following news of the rapper’s death.

“During his life, he moved from shadows into the bright hope of freedom and community revitalization.”

Hussle was open about his early years in the notorious Crips gang, telling the Los Angeles Times newspaper in 2018: “We dealt with death, with murder.”

“It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it,” he said.

“I guess they call it post-traumatic stress when you have people that have been at war for such a long time.”