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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Famous Ghanaian poet, Kenyan president's nephew among those killed in mall attack

Ghanaian poet and diplomat Kofi Awoonor, (pictured left) was among the 59 killed during the attack on Westgate Mall in Kenya yesterday. He was in Nairobi as a participant in the Storymoja Hay Festival, a 4-day celebration of writing, thinking and storytelling. The Ghanaian govt confirmed his death early Sunday morning. He was 78 years old. His son was also shot, but was not killed.
Also the president's nephew, Mbugua and his fiance Wahito (both pictured right) were killed in the attack yesterday.

Over 1,000 people have so far been evacuated from the mall, but an unknown number of hostages are still trapped inside with the terrorists believed to be about 15. Kenyan security forces have been locked in a standoff with gunmen since yesterday. Gun shots have been heard all morning in the area.

Heavily armed Islamic extremists pulled up in several cars yesterday and shot their way into the most upmarket shopping centre in Nairobi, ordering Muslims out if they could prove their religion by reciting a prayer or answering a question on Islam. They started killing those who failed the test.

BBC reported that at least one of the attackers was a woman who had some kind of leadership role.

120 comments:

BONARIO NNAGS said...

hmmmmm what a great loss.
may their souls rest in peace.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

Na wa oooo. Muslims tho...I honestly always thought it was about the individuals but it seems it's d religion! There's definitely something wrong. God rest the departed and give us a solution to this problem #JayBeyBlu

Eric Holmes said...

Nice Man andso Great Jobs

Anonymous said...

boys are always dyin for love...rip

Anonymous said...

Its really sad! Smh @ Islam

Jee

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord where are you? We need you now....

Mich said...

A Lion Roars No More.
Wasn't long that I stumbled on some of Kofi Awoonor's works on the internet,brilliant writer.
And the president's nephew with his fiance just had to be killed too?
Sad tale.
CAN THE FG PLEASE STOP BOKO HARAM BEFORE IT DEGENERATES TO THIS!

Rough Diamond said...

May d souls of d departed rest in peace!
Oga o!
Oh God always guide my foot steps let me not find myself in d wrong place @d right time!

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

When I heard this I was not just startled but it made me think of this in a positive regard, I hope such a high profile death will in turn cause the needed belligerence that authorities and the government need to keep Islamic radicalism in check.

"Who kills for love of God, kills love, kills God. Who kills in the name of God, leaves God without a name." ~ Wole Soyinka

AGB said...

R.I.P. to these guys. This is such a terrible act of terrorism & sadly it's spreading through Africa. Our governments need to checkmate these things more firmly henceforth even if it means forming a supertight African coalition. AFRICAN COALITION only,NO OUTSIDERS/FOREIGNERS from outside Africa.

d man said...

And wen I say islam is d problem of dis world nw... D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ wld say I shd shut up

VickyDarl said...

GOD save us from d hands of wicked and confused religion

↭PRINCE JOBLESS↭ said...

I CURSE ISLAM.

Anonymous said...

Barbaric and islamic in nature. Religion of violence claiming to be a religion of peace. Christianity is the one true religion of peace. Everything about islam is war, violence, protests e.t.c. Those who live by the sword will surely die by the sword. R.I.P Ghanian poet and the president's nephew.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm dis is very sad n Τ̲̅ђe mbugua case just make me cry*died4love*n to dos muslims M̶̲̥̅γ̲̣̣̥ God will punish U̶̲̥̅̊ guys n guys will rot in hell not regretting any word an saying cos I doubt if U̶̲̥̅̊ regrets Ūя̲̅ actions...

Anonymous said...

A Muslim who kills for his god makes that god look weak. I worship a God who fights His own battles.

Anonymous said...

Heya,for d sake of love.RIP.

Anonymous said...

This young man was a REAL MAN!!!

Anonymous said...

Muslims belong to Satan!

maureen bandari said...

i can't stop crying.this is just unfair and inhuman.we are currently donating blood all over the country and helping in whatever small ways we can.people were shot infront of kids...kids for crying out loud.i want this to end.it's too much.keep praying for my country.we will get through this.we need to give those still trapped inside hope that they will make it out safe and sound

Anonymous said...

Wat a pity! See wat love can do. May deir gently souls rest in peace, amen . Miya

Anonymous said...

TERRORISM evrywea. must violence b employed? one cannot but wonder wea d human race has gone wrong 2 deserve such terrible acts. R.I.P 2 ones lost in dz tragic outburst.

vgbgterry said...

This shiii is scary, what is it wif Muslims tho!!! #GodBlessNigeria! #GodProtectMe. #YAGA

sleeklizzie said...

May God have mercy....untimely death is not me nd ma beloved's portion INJ.AMEN!!!

Apple said...

When i say Islam is the cancer of the world Linda will not post my comment!

Apple said...

When i say Islam is the cancer of this world Linda will not post my comment!

LIZZY RUFUS said...

May d souls of d departed rest in peace! Y dis religious war? God help us

Anonymous said...

Sad much, such a wicked world God have mercy

Yours Truly Blog said...

Thoughts and prayer are with the family at this difficult time. When will all this madness end?

Anonymous said...

It's so painful,it shall not b well with d killers,may d soul of d victims rest in peace.Amen

Anonymous said...

Abraham's impatience at work everywhere! If only he held on a little more...songs of sorrow indeed for awoonor!

Anonymous said...

Abraham's impatience at work everywhere! If only he held on a little more...songs of sorrow indeed for the world, adieu awoonor!

Anonymous said...

Muslims sha, later they will start denying it. Animals, violent people. If they were instructing d muslims to leave the mall, then the mission was to kill who? I ask o. I think once you feel you ve to defend your God or religion then there is a problem.

Anonymous said...

May their souls rest in peace!!!

Anonymous said...

Can this really be true?. If true, then this religious fish is affecting the world o, something has to be done fast....religion does not preach violence

Anonymous said...

I hate islams OOOOOO

Anonymous said...

So Sad

Anonymous said...

And we lost one of our most loved journalist's as well Ruhila Adatia-Sood she was so lively beautiful smile and down to earth. Rest in peace to all those who were lost and quick recovery to the survivors

Anonymous said...

It's so painful,the killers will all pay 4 dis,may d soul of d victims rest in peace,INJ Amen.

pavour said...

What a shame. Which I've got d power to destroy would've just kill all Muslims fools. Lili see how I just dey dream of u all night. Dis ur blog cannot kill me oh..hehehe

Anonymous said...

Lord have mercy!!!!

Noble Chinwendu said...

Oh my God. Songs of Sorrow..!! I read his poems in secondary sch.. Wat a terribl terribl loss...may his soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

God help us, now kenya I wonder what country is next.

Anonymous said...

may their soul rest in perfect peace.. God knws best.. this is ture love story...

njideka nkem said...

True love,he died for her #sobs

Anonymous said...

Wat a brave hrt frm Mbugua... May d souls of the departed rest in perfect peace.... Ameen!

Anonymous said...

Not again? How did this religion come to be? Why this violence around the world by the same group of people.why can't they all crash and burn so that peace will be restored all over the world.

Anonymous said...

God of mercy nd compassion. Pls don't stand nd allows these beast finish ur ppl send help to ur ppl send us an Moses!

Anonymous said...

Eya! May their soul rest in peace

roses said...

That thing called Islam is no religion! Killing people senselessly as if, if needed a God cannot fight his own battle! Shame on all you wicked Muslims may u all never find peace as u keep others in tears!

Anonymous said...

I hate islam.
Bitter religion!!!



Eve.

mimi said...

Mr Awoonor is Majid Michels uncle

curvy ZO said...

Tufiakwa!! Shame unto the followers of Prophet Mohammad...

curvy ZO said...

Tufiakwa!! Shame unto the followers of Prophet Mohammad...

Anonymous said...

Sad! My thoughts and prayers are with their families.... This act of terrorism is so unislamic.

Anonymous said...

its not cars and diamonds that proove real love.willing to take a bullet for his fiancee and dying in the process is just overwhelming.RIP Mbugua and your lovely fiancee.you are together.

beryl caesar said...

its not bows on new cars that proove a mans love for a woman.willing to take a bullet for his woman and dying for it is just overwhelming.rest in peace mbugua and your beautiful fiancee.you together.

Uchman Egbue said...

Something has happened to me
The things so great that I cannot weep;
I have no sons to fire the gun when I die
And no daughter to wail when I close my mouth
I have wandered on the wilderness
The great wilderness men call life
The rain has beaten me,
And the sharp stumps cut as keen as knives
I shall go beyond and rest.
I have no kin and no brother,
Death has made war upon our house;

This is a verse from his poem "Songs of Sorrow"...
Wonder wen Africa will enjoy a lasting Peace.

Anonymous said...

A rare gem is indeed gone,weneva I hear or see ur name,song of sorrow comes 2 my mind,rip 2 a gr8 poet.linda plz post my comment

mautin said...

God please save us from this madness. AFRICA, why now????????? Jesus!

mautin said...

AFRICA why now? Jesus please help us in this great continent. eww!

alluring belle said...

Too sad.

Anonymous said...

Shey he wont have gone back now ehn? May thier souls rest in peace. This continent needs intervention now!

Anonymous said...

So sad, we studied his poem too back in those days. May the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

BLOGLORD said...

so sad. RIP

Anonymous said...

My muslim friends are quick to label the terrorists as non muslims. I asked them why the "real muslims" who preaches suppossed peace can't carry placards to condemn this brutal killings in the name of the religion since they could carry placards for simple issues like ban of hijab in public schools.

Anonymous said...

They wont comment now.sons of lucifer.what a religion.

Anonymous said...

U must a bastard 4 dt statement.I am a muslim and I gt married 2 a christian.Am a lover nt a hater non a fighter.Next tym cos d wicked terrorist who did d act nt d religion.Islam preaches Love/peace ok.

Cheta said...

My brothers and sisters in the LORD,pray unseizingly because my bible said that the Egyptians we see today,we shall see them no more.The Islamic terrorist shall soon be history in the world.I don't know which moral justification do this lucifer have to justify taking life,what kind of religion preaches violence,I love my JESUS,Prince of Peace,I encourage all Muslims to accept JESUS because in HIM you will find the peace that passes human understanding,CHRIST came for sinners,and He taught us to pray,love and forgive sinners but in Islam it is the other way round,what kind of religion is this that encourages killing,pls GOD don't be too far from us,prove to us now that the egyptians we see today that we shall see them no more,Islam has killed a lot of people in the world,saves us now.

bitchplis said...

They serve a dead god,cos dia god can't fight for 'itself'...nobody can fight for d living God

Anonymous said...

Islam! A religion frm d pit of hell! The worst thing to happen to mankind!

Anonymous said...

Wat do u expect frm a religion formed by a perverta who raped a six years old girl in the name of marriage, a helpless, weak kid. Wen the coward followers kill, they kill also, weak, helpless innocents. Why not come out and confront real men? Mad, weak, coward arabs.

Anonymous said...

This is really sad and painful but y ar d muslims nt writing nw 2 defend demselves as dey do

Anonymous said...

THIS EARTH MY BROTHER!
Kofi Awonoor!

Anonymous said...

Where are all d muslimz in LIB,are u hidin yo facez en comment make noise naa.....oooh ai c yo hidin yo facez in shame coz u dnt hav anytin 2 say or defend abt diz delibrate killin of christianz....despite d strong hatred d muslimz hav 4 christianz all ova d world ll alwaz show luv en not fight bak coz our God iz a God of vegenance...."ninety-nine fight 4 d islamz one day 4 d christianz"

Cherry said...

May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace. May God console their families and loved ones. May God also arise and deliver us from the devil and his cohorts who wear the cloak of islam to commit murder and killings. May the God who sent fire from heaven whom Christians serve arise and fight these satanic agents. We don't need to fight for Him. He is God all by Himself, He will defend His name in a big way. My heart is so heavy. Oh Lord, help!

Anonymous said...

This is so sad. I cant believe this is happening. We are meant to love one another. Violence cannot bring peace!!!!!! Something needs to be done.RIP and May Almighty God console their families.

Anonymous said...

In solidarity with Kenya. May all the victims rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

May God help us,so painful Rip

Anonymous said...

Love dis.....

Sarah Pius said...

My Lord please help us. We are too small to fight for God. Don't kill in the name of God, God is not that weak, He will fight his battles Himself.Don't kill.
My heart goes out to the families of those who died.

Anonymous said...

Is time we christians wake up nd defend ourselfs b4 this baberins called muslims wipe us all out.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace

Anonymous said...

Where are the terrorists that come to defend this barbaric religion? If given the chance u would want to port but they will kill u too. Why must u fight for ur god? Is he weak? God fought the battles for the children of israel. Nobody had to kill for God. In killing for love, u've killed love. Sorry to say this, wish hitler unleashed on u guys and left the jews.

zack zumah said...

Oooh I read his book THIS EARTH ,MY BROTHER RIP PROF KOFI AWOONOR and all those who died in the west gate mall attack . To send ur tweets use this trend #Westgatemall

LIZBETH said...

"Dzobese Lisa Has treated me thus...." Songs of Sorrow I n II, I loved that poem... It made me cry, RIP Sir....

zack zumah said...

#westgatemall. Trending just read that 9 names of suspected alshabab terrorists was tweeted by one of them with this handle@HSM_PRESOFFICE2 before twitter closed that account

Anonymous said...

Now d foolish muslims won't talk cos dey ve bin caught red handed,I hate Islam wit passion,u can imagine this ungodly act of theirs....May God help us n may d departed souls rest in perfect peace.Amen

Munachi Ejio4 said...

Oh Lord!!
A great poet is gone..
"..the affairs of this world are like the chameleon faeces into which I have stepped;when I clean,it cannot go..."..Oh RIP Kofi Awoonor!!!

princess dee said...

Shame on the terrorists!they made me cry today.there is nothing attractive about their religion,honestly.If i was a muslim,honestly i'll renounce my faith today.
Signed:Daughter of the most high God

Anonymous said...

Mbugua, you are in heaven I believe because you laid down your life for another. RIP Prof Awoonor and all the victims of #Westgatemall. There are still good muslims out there so people please, don't lump them up with the psychos and perverts among them. May God protect us all, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Oh pls shut up
Calling someone a bastard for expressing herself or himself shows how non-tolerant u guys are
I pitied the Christian that married u, am sure he's going thru hell now but can't voice it out
You people are the problem of the world, shoot yourself

Funminuro said...

It's so disheartening. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.Amen.Something has to be done these muslims are beasts.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:16 ur comment is just lovely makes so much sense

Anonymous said...

Shut up ur stinking mouth from d way u insulted him a bastard It really shows its a very bad religion

Anonymous said...

So unislamic? Abeg abi so islamic ni. Nothing wey dem know if not to kill people. Smh 4 islam. In fact from now their name na killslam.

Anonymous said...

Don't mind dem. They r all d same. Any little thing na fight. Kanye West get luck say na jesus he tk do album. If na mohammed dem 4 do hit US again tey tey. Comon cartoon wey dem tk islam do 4 Denmark cause problem in poor Naija. Ignoramuses

Anonymous said...

@annonymous6.0,I am sure u are a nice guy but pls stop defending islam I beg u cux if they we're all muslims,they will still be alive

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace.. God pls fight for ur people. It is unfair that muslims are killing christians at any slightly opportunity they have .. Why not let ur God fight for u insteading of killing innocent people and putting alot of family to sorrow, sadness and despair. God pls comfort the families that.lost their loved ones Amen...

Anonymous said...

@Anon6:01pm you are the bastard and your wife must be a bastard for marrying a hell bent, violent and irresponsible person like u. Why wld u call him a bastard? Has Islam ever done anything in this world that has never potrayed them as the devil's own? Oloshi oloriburuku like you. You better not irritate anybody and just shut-up. For ur info, ur stupid bastard brothers in da name of ur god killed ma Fiance in the UN building bombing in Abj. And has ur bastard Islamic leaders come out to condemn them? Instead they are asking for amnesty. May you all rot in poverty and hell fire. Se le ma je iya laiye, e tu ma je iya lorun ni, awon Oloshi.
If these acts are not supported by Islam, why're ur leaders silent? That was how pupils were killed in their schl and nothing happened and u dare come here and call sum1 a bastard. U shld be ashamed 2 be ass wiv such a religion talkless of defending it. Se lo ma ku ni kekere.
Linda, forgive ma vulgar words but plsss publish ma comments so dis bastard can see it.

Anonymous said...

its a shame to be a muslim at this point, i feel for them...did i just say that ..feel for them...thunder fire them all

SIMPLYCOCK said...

I have always heard folks say religion is not the motivation for the terror being perpetrated by the likes of al Qaeda, al Shabab, Boko Haram, among others.
That is not true.
If you take out time to read the Koran, you will come to discover that the true Muslims are not the smug, wannabe cosmopolitan, cool-headed, westernized guys claiming Muslim.
No.
The real Muslims are the terrorists!
The Koran is a wonderful book.
That I came to discover upon reading it.
It not only doublespeak, it creates fiendish oxymoron out of ordinary people.
I mean, it creates people with diametrically opposing double personalities like holy Satan, sanctified demons, peaceful bloody warriors, etc.
Why?
In one breath it speaks good; in another, it inspires the worst form of hate for Christians and Jews, indeed all non-believers alike.
It is goddamn hateful of non-Muslims and expressly enjoins the faithful to levy holy hatred and war, and murder on Jews and Christians.
It is only a decoy intended to confuse and deceive when you see Boko Haram levying attack on fellow Muslims.
In short, the end can never be seen of terrorism, not until Islam gains suzerainty.
Unfortunately, however, it never will.
We are thus doomed to continue to live with Islam, a belligerent religion, the harbinger of hate, vengeful-ness (nothing like forgiveness in Islam but judgement), bloodbath and terror!

Anonymous said...

These people are vermin disguised as humans and need to be wiped off the face of the earth. All Islamic fundamentalists are psychopaths who hide under the veil of religion to carry out warped and inhumane acts. They are a disgrace.

Deeda said...

The Most Painful and heartbreaking experience I have lived in my life...God protect and bless the young the innocent lives in these tragedy, save our country and free us from this pain...We weep and pray for our Nation.

Anonymous said...

What a shame that islamic religion is now the act of violence andd war. How can one kill others simply cos they r ₪☺τ̅ of same religion with u? What happened to love Ʊя̲̅ neighbour as urself? OMG! I can't believe all these. May God rest d souls of d departed n grant d injured quick recovery.to those cowards that spilled blood, God will avenge for all d innocent souls u wasted except if our God Ȋ̝̊̅§ no more alive which am sure Ħ̀ε̅ Ȋ̝̊̅§ alive jst that Ħ̀ε̅ Ȋ̝̊̅§ slow to anger. U cowards will pay dearly.

Anonymous said...

Religion of peace indeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddd
I wud rather be an ogun worshipper dan 4 me to be a muslim.

Linda is it dat we hv to pay b4 u post our comment its really annoyin

D1 heritage said...

Mehn that guy get courage,he's indeed a man,true love...rip to the departed souls,why can't people just do their thing,practice Islam if u want,or practice Christianity if u want,worship sango if u want,instead of killing,I don't just get it..

Anonymous said...

Saw this image on aljazeera...a mother holding her two kids..presumed dead cus they seemed lifeless....now dats something another bad memory like aluu4 n d syrian chemical attack....dats stuck in ma subconscious..God help us all....rip to d senselessly slain shoppers....so sad..

Anonymous said...

Oh GOD WHAT A WICKET WORLD ARE WE LIVING,PLEASE FATHER HAVE MERCY UPON YOUR CHILDREN.

orisirisi said...

As the prophets of death begin these actions all over the world, will the member countries of the UN finally wake up? Will there be a concentrated effort to eradicate this evil offshoot of Islam (meaning any and all jihadists)? Will the "moderate" Muslims wake up and become proactive instead of acting like victims and dying as same because the jihadists do not think they are Muslim enough? Will the world continue to just accept this kind of barbarity as it spreads from one continent to another, from one country to another? There will never, ever be a peacefully negotiated solution to this problem....I have just had enough of the so called religion of peace

Hrm paul ojeih said...

This is an eye opener to each and every one of us especially Nigerian government.
Security must be taken very serious if not same thing will happen in this country my fear is that Islamist insurgent in Nigeria will want to try this yet they say Islam is not a violent religion i hope they have seen it let them continue time will tell.
To the souls of the departed rest in peace.

onyeka said...

I am gobsmacked...ur llittle expository piece has sent cold waves down my spine. I naturally get endeared to brilliant minds like you. Not just for ur writting skills but ur ability to deliver within context. I salute u Simplycock.
I dont always get involved with issues like this due to respect for others faith but even the birds of the air are making a song out of this madness. I have a friend Aisha, a wonderful lady also married to a muslim. They are from East Afica. I was so close to that family and they almost changed my mind about Islam.
One day, i visited and we were watching nollywood, as the channel went on commercial break, an advert came up about a forthcomming crusade at 02 arena, that same moment, the husband walked in. From the door we heard, asalama lekun (forgive me if wrongly spelt) but on entering the sitting room and seeing the advert about jesus, Mustapha quickly dashed to the kitchen, grabbed the blender and shashed the 42inchs samsung tv into pieces. Then he shouted Allah Kuba.
I was terrified. I was too scared to even think of calling the police. I froze and mopped like a dummie....
Anyway, i took my time from work to share this experience. Muslims can remain in denial if they choose to but that religion is awkward to say the least. It encourages hate, discrimination and uneccessary killings. And who has offended them and their gods, what has the rest of the world done against their crippled gods that they have to fight for. They are so violent. May God help us...am really in tears now.

Anonymous said...

Best comment ever darlyn! He is d Almighty God! He doesn't need mere mortals to fight His battles

Anonymous said...

Pele luv I feel ur pain! Islam is a cult! Blood sucking cult!

Anonymous said...

God have mercy

Anonymous said...

As a curious Literature student, I stumbled on Koffi's work "The Cathedral" such an interesting read. When will Muslims stop wasting lives in the name of pleasing Allah?
What a shame...

Babalola Oladapo said...

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Babalola Oladapo said...

The guy na big mumumumumumumumumumummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....... the person that tweeted this post was outside abi????? na wa oh....

Anonymous said...

@simplycock, if you can see this, won't mind having your e-mail add. We could exchange notes. Really love your piece. I have read the haddith and Koran and I've never seen anybody that understands islam this much. Nice piece bruv.

SnakeEyes

alfi64 said...

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