One of Senegal’s best-known musicians, Thione Seck, 66, has died in Dakar after a short illness.

“He died this morning of an illness at the Fann hospital,” his lawyer, Ousmane Seye stated.

Seck came from a family of griots, or praise-singers, and first rose to prominence in the 1970s with Orchestra Baobab, known for its mix of African and Cuban music.

He went on to found his own group, Raam Daam in the 1980’s which played the distinctly Senegalese sound, mbalax.

Veteran Kenyan politician Mohamed Yusuf Haji, 80,  has died at the Aga Khan Hospital, in Nairobi where he was recieving treatment.

Haji chaired the government’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force, which is working on recommendations on how to end cyclical electoral violence.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga described Haji, who also represented the north-eastern county of Garissa in the senate, as a dedicated patriot and humble servant.

Kenya’s presidency also said, the death of Senator Haji was a big blow to the country especially in the BBI constitutional reform process.

Nina Kapur, a CBS New York reporter Nina Kapur has died. 

Her death was reported by CBS News where it was revealed that she was involved in a moped accident Saturday in the city and died at Bellevue Hospital.

Kapur joined the CBS team in June 2019 and was known for her contagious smile and love for storytelling.

Family, Friends and colleagues paid tribute to her on social media.

Police forces in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, have announced the death of the leader of the One million boys gang and most wanted criminal who was identified as Biola Ebila.

Police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the death of Ebila yesterday in Ibadan in an interview with Journalists.

“Information reaching me from the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Arere, showed that his body and that of his colleagues, who confronted the policemen strategically deployed in that axis, were brought with a tricycle to Kudeti. At that instance, two of their members were also arrested, so they retrieved and brought the bodies to the station. He has been on the wanted list of the police and the police have been trailing him. What actually transpired and details on how he was killed, I don’t have them now, but he has been confirmed dead,” he stated.

The deceased was declared wanted by the command for alleged involvement in the murder of another Ibadan gang leader, Ekugbemi, on May 12.

Somali Ex-Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah has died in Turkey, aged 75.

This was made known by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, saying Mr Farah had played a positive role in the governance and development of Somalia.

Farah was prime minister between 2001 and 2003 under interim President Abdiqasim Salat Hassan. He also served as the mayor of the capital, Mogadishu, in the 1970s.

The government has formed a committee to organise a state funeral for Farah, but no date has been announced yet.

Local media had reported that the Puntland ex-regional state leader Mohamed Abdi Hashi has died in Nairobi while undergoing treatment on Saturday morning.

His death was confirmed by the leader of Puntland regional state Said Abdullahi Deni in a statement.

“May Allah have mercy on him, he was the former Puntland leader and also served as the first deputy president of Puntland he is among the founders of Puntland,” the statement read.

Mohamed Abdi Hashi was the interim president of Puntland from 2004 to 2005. He was also the president of the United Somali Party (USP) during the 1990s and among the founders of Puntland.

The public broadcaster SABC has reported that Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South Africa’s icons Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has passed away. 

She was said to have passed away in Johannesburg on Monday morning aged 59.

The death has been confirmed by a family source, SABC reports.

She was the South African ambassador to Denmark.

The former Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Sunny Okobi is dead.

This was made known on Thursday by his son, Amaechi Okobi, in a statement on behalf of the family. Adding that the family are deeply saddened by the passing of the diplomat.

Vincent Sunny Okobi, as the envoy to Togo, he was awarded France’s Légion d’honneur by President Francois Mitterrand for his commitment to promoting Franco-Nigerian foreign relations.

“Ambassador Okobi left his most unforgettable legacy as a devoted husband of 52 years, father of four children and grandfather of 14”, the statement read.

It added that in adherence to COVID-19 guidelines, there would be no condolence visits.

Vincent Sunny Okobi is survived by Justice Victoria Okobi, siblings and other family members.