- The world woke up to the sad news of the death of American actress, Cicely Tyson
- She reportedly passed on at the age of 96 on January 28
- An aide to Nigeria’s president, Buhari, shared photos of when the actress met with the country’s former ruler, Shehu Shagari
- Cicely had read from one of Shagari’s poetry books after a White House Banquet was hosted in his honour
American actress, Cicily Tyson, was no doubt an icon for powerful black women. She had touched so many lives and changed the narrative for people of colour, and the news of her death dealt a heavy blow on many.
The movie star was said to have passed on at the age of 96 on January 28, 2021. A number of people took to social media to pay their last respects to the icon as they reminisced on her life and times.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, recently shared photos of the late actress with the country’s former president, Shehu Shagari, on social media.
The photos were taken in America in October 1980 when a White House Banquet was hosted in Shagari’s honour.
The actress was said to have read from the former president’s book of poetry titled Wakar Najeriya.
In the photos, the late Cicely was congratulated by President Shagari as the then US president, Jimmy Carter, cheered on.
Tolu Ogunlesi wrote:
“When President Shehu Shagari visited the US in October 1980, Cicely Tyson (who died yesterday, aged 96) took part in the White House Banquet in his honour. She read from his book of poetry, Wakar Najeriya.
"[Photos from Shagari biography by Okion Ojigbo].”
See the tweet below:
In another post, Ogunlesi revealed that Cicely was 56 at the time. He wrote:
“Cicely Tyson at 56. October 1980. White House Banquet for visiting Nigerian President, Shehu Shagari.”
See the post below:
Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that news of Cicely's sad demise was first made public and confirmed by her longtime manager Larry Thompson.
Cicely's family also released an official statement but did not reveal the cause of her death.
Cicely's family also released an official statement but did not reveal the cause of her death. The legendary actress' demise came barely a week after releasing her first memoirs - Just As I Am - which highlighted her lengthy acting career.
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