As a continent, Africa was the last one to confirm cases of coronavirus early last year but that year ended with 2.2 million cases of the virus. As of October 2021, Africa has reported a total of 219 million cases resulting in 4.55 million deaths.
You may not know among those killed includes the following famous people:
Manu Dibango: He was a Cameroonian musician. Many remember him for his smash hit song "Soul Makossa". This song was so popular that it was sampled by Michael Jackson in his song “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” and in turn, it was recently sampled by Rihanna in her song “Don’t Stop the Music.” Manu Dibango died on 24 March 2020.
Aurlus Mabele: His fans called him the King of Soukous following his music genre. He is remembered for being a founding member of Loketo, a Congolese musical group (along with Diblo Dibala). The group brought Soukous style music not only on African map, but also in Europe and the Americas. Songs such as Zenab, Extra Ball, Cyndi and Soukous Trouble still have the power to get up and dancing. Aurlus Mabele died on 19 March 2020.
Steve Kekana: He was a South African artist whose songs "Feel So Strong" and "Raising My Family" are still remembered. Although having lost his eyesight at only 5 years, he ventured into music and became a household name in South Africa, the rest of Africa and Europe. Steve Kekana died on 1 July 2021 after being rushed to hospital. While no official cause death is given, his manager said he had tested positive for covid-19.
Dear reader, please, take all the necessary caution to keep yourself and those that you love safe. This pandemic does not discriminate. It does not favor or care about your race, country or language, whether you are learned or not. PLEASE, TAKE THE NECESSARY PRECAUTION.
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