Notable African deaths of 2019

A look back at some of the figures on the African continent who we said farewell to this year.January Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean musician, 66:He came to prominence in the 1970s as one of voices of the revolution fighting white-minority rule. Affectionately known as “Tuku”, his lyrics often carried social messages about HIV/Aids and coded political commentary. Read more here. Houari Manar, Algerian singer, 37:One of Algeria’s most popular and flamboyant singers of traditional folk music rai. He died as he was undergoing cosmetic surgery. His critics did not like the way he addressed socially sensitive topics in his lyrics, such as homosexuality. Read more here. Hugh Lewin, South African writer and anti-apartheid activist, 79: He won the 2003 Olive Schreiner Prize for his prison memoir Bandiet Out of Jail about his imprisonment for seven years during apartheid, when he kept a secret record of his experiences and those of his fellow inmates on the pages of his Bible. Read more here. Ahmed Hussein-Suale, Ghanaian investigative journalist, 31:Shot dead near his family home in capital, Accra, he was a member of Tiger Eye Private Investigations and had investigated corruption in Ghana’s football leagues. Police believe he was killed because of his… Read full this story

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