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Dreams That Were Cut Short In 2019



Daniel Ojukwu


The year 2019 brought the curtains down on what had been an eventful decade. Much occurred; power changed hands, opinions were divided, successes were recorded, and of course, there were some low moments.

In the midst of it all, there were dreams that faded with the year. takes a look at some of the names that have now become memories, as they passed on in 2019.


Moradeun Balogun

The death of Moradeun Balogun on December 2nd, 2019 elicited a plethora of reactions in the country. The circumstances surrounding her death caused many to wonder if it could have been avoided. She was allegedly stabbed at Gbagada, Lagos by robbers who carted away her laptop and other valuables. On reaching Jolad Hospital with the help of some well-meaning Nigerians (while still conscious), a police report was said to have been demanded, preventing treatment and condemning her to a sad death.


Precious Owolabi

23-year-old Precious Owolabi who was  undergoing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme was on July 22nd shot dead. Owolabi, attached as a reporter for ChannelsTV, was covering the protests against Shi’ites leader, Ibrahim Yaqoub El Zakzaky’s detention when a bullet hit him, killing him in the process. It remains unclear what side fired the fatal shot , but the fresh graduate sadly passed on.


Philip Osondu

Former Nigerian footballer, Philip Osondu, passed away in Belgium on December 13th. The winner of the 1987 World U16 golden ball fell to illness at the age of 48. Philip never featured for the senior side of the Nigerian male football team, but he was a star at the youth level.


Benson Akindeju

AK Media boss, Benson Akindeju was confirmed dead in London on 4th of March, 2019 after succumbing to illness. The 59-year-old producer was credited for works such as ‘Face2Face’, ‘Nowhere to be found’ and ‘Family Ties’.


LinChung Oliver

The 45-year-old ‘Do Good’ actor died of a car crash on his way to Lagos from his mom’s burial on April 2nd.

Duke Oliver is widely referred to as LinChung and Sylvanus for his role in Basorge Tariah Jnr produced series, ‘Do Good’.

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