We all have that one person that we wish we could bring back from the dead if we had the powers to. In like manner, the world has also lost some great people who during their life lived very impactful lives and their exit is hugely felt, years after they’ve been gone.
This list was created to celebrate those the world lost but who influenced the world with their craft and the way they lived their lives in one way or another. They cut across entertainers, sportsmen, politicians and activists.
These are seven people we would have loved to have alive in 2018:
- Fela was not only a musician, he was also an activist, an instrumentalist and a talented composer. He paved the way for Nigerian music in the international space. His songs were largely prophesies and it is important to note how some of the things he said in some of his songs are still now relevant 20 years after his death.
- Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and an activist. The civil right activist if alive would have turned 89 on January 15. He fought for the rights of black people at a time when they suffered severe oppression. His popular speech “I have a dream…” goes down as one of the greatest speeches ever. At a time where Donald Trump who is the president of the United States threw shades at African countries by calling them ‘shithole countries’, it would be a great time to have Martin Luther King back on earth with us to counter the hateful comments from the US President.
- Muhammed Ali regarded as the greatest boxer of all time and was also a huge human rights activist. Just like Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali would have turned 76 just yesterday. The heavyweight boxer set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement, fighting racial discrimination against black people.
- Michael Jackson was more than just a musician though, he was a magnificent performer and a composer too. With numerous awards under his belt and millions of records sold, the musician who started his career as a child inspired the world around him. Even nine years after his death, the world still talks so profoundly about him.
- Whitney Houston according to the Guinness Book of Records is the most awarded act of all time. She was an actress, producer, singer, and model. She blessed the world with her amazing voice and wonderful lyrics. When she died, it was one of the most tragic news yet for the entertainment industry. Having her soothing voice in times like this would have made the hardships present now more bearable.
- Dagrin whose real name was Oladapo Olaitan Olaonipekun died in an accident in April 2010. His shocking death came as one of the biggest losses to the Nigerian music industry as the artiste was on course to become a great musician. His style of music paved the way for Yoruba indigenous rap music and the music industry will forever be grateful for his influence.
- Kefee was a gospel singer and composer who died in June 2014. She was an amazing and talented singer who dedicated her craft to changing the way gospel music was being created in Nigeria. She helped introduce a genre of gospel music that was fun to the Nigerian audience. When she died of lung failure, the fans and indeed the entire gospel music industry suffered a great loss.
Seeing as this is a list celebrating those that have gone ahead of us, feel free to comment on whoever you feel should have also made the list. It is a celebration of the lives they led, it can not be limited.
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