The year 2014 was not without its share of tragedies and deaths as the passing of some popular Nigerians shook the country and left many with tears and anguish.
From the entertainment industry to the medical profession and politics, these stars kissed the world farewell, making one question the reaper which comes in the form of untimely deaths.
Pulse.ng brings you some popular Nigerians who passed away in the year and made many cry.
Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh
Before the Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer imported the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease into the country, Dr. Stella Adadevoh was one other doctor who plied her trade of saving lives but her singular effort in sacrificing her life for her country made her an instant heroine.
When the index Ebola patient insisted in leaving the hospital, she put her foot down and made sure he was confined and quarantined to his bed. If he had been allowed to go into the streets of Lagos, only God knows the number of innocent Nigerians he would have infected and could have caused an epidemic in the country. He lost his life later, but not before infecting her.
After a stern battle, the woman of steel also lost her life, but not after preventing what would have been a monumental disaster. Many accolades have continued to follow her, all of them well deserved, a testimony to the fact that she risked her life to save many of her country people.
Professor Dora Akunyili, a former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and ex-Minister of Communication was another popular Nigerian who lost her life in the year 2014. The no nonsense woman who enforced reforms and regulations in the drug and food industry in the country and took on those who took delight in dealing in fake drugs in the country, would be sorely missed and remembered for her doggedness and love for the country.
Mrs Akunyili who died at the age of 59, was a member of the National Conference at the time she died from cancer.
Kukuruku crooner, Irikefe Don Momoh, known fondly by her fans as Kefee, died in 2014 also and her death sent ripples down the spines of Nigerians as she was much loved. The gospel singer who died of lung failure in Los Angeles Hospital in the United States of America on the 12 of June, sent many of her fans into tears as they could not come to terms with her untimely death.
Kefee will be remembered for years to come as her momories will continue to linger in the minds of those who loved her.
Another death that was so painful in the year 2014 was that of Mrs Amaka Igwe, one of the topmost players in the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood. Igwe was also the owner of foremost radio station, Top FM 90.0 FM as well as the CEO of Q Entertainment, the first Nigerian drama series channel. Aged 51, Igwe would be remembered for creating one of Nigeria’s best television series, Checkmate as well as the super comedy series, Fuji House of Commotion.
A pioneer of Nollywood, Igwe will also be immortalized for her contributions to the arts as well as being one of the phenomenon behind the industry.
Charles Bruce Chukwuma, known to many as Chaz B, will be missed by listeners of his inspiring radio programme, Sharing Life Issues with Chaz B on Rhythm 93.7 FM. Chaz B who anchored the programme for years, motivating and inspiring fans by his words, died in November, 2014, and till date, many of his admirers still find it difficult to believe he is gone.
Chaz B who was a multiple award winner and greatly loved by all, died after a protracted illness and with him gone, 2014 also took away one of the best voices on radio.