Yesterday Zimbabwe lost its most celebrated music icon Oliver Mutukudzi. News of his passing has taken both the internet and in particular social media by storm. Virtually all my contacts who are on WhatsApp have some sort of tribute to the venerated musician on their status.
Probably every Zimbabwean is talking about him on Facebook. On Twitter ~#Tuku with 37 000 tweets , #Samanyaga (his “totem call/title”) with 8 500 tweets, #Oliver with 66 000 tweets and #RestInPeace with 98 000 tweets are all trending.
Here are some of the tributes to the great man from the Twitter:
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To me a father and counselor. To the nation,an advisor and ambassador to generations. To the world, a peace icon,a bundle of talent,calabash of wisdom. You gave your all to us all. You consoled, counselled and entertained Zimbabwe and beyond. You will be sorely missed Samanyanga! pic.twitter.com/UAAxZ0OhNb
— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) January 23, 2019
Today we said goodbye to a true patriot. Oliver Mtukudzi, your voice has given us comfort during difficult times, and will remain with us for posterity. Rest in peace comrade. pic.twitter.com/XZkyVbQ4Qq
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 23, 2019
The Gvt of Zimbabwe is deeply saddened by the passing on of Dr Oliver Mutukudzi, a great patriot who united us through his music. HE President Mnangagwa will determine what kind of honour will be accorded to him be it state assisted funeral or otherwise. Will keep you informed.
— Hon. Dr Energy Mutodi (PhD) (@energymutodi) January 23, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the passing of the legend, Oliver Mtukudzi. His music has carried us through some of our darkest and happiest times, it has also united us across borders. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Zorora murugare, dear Tuku. pic.twitter.com/gc4pwRQLzB
— Jacob G Zuma (@PresJGZuma) January 24, 2019