West Africa mourns radio host Dr Cann and gospel musician Prince Chinedu Nwadike

News of Nwadike’s death, which came days after he underwent a kidney transplant, was confirmed by local media. His friend, Darlington Chidera Ibekwe, said the artist had succumbed to leukaemia.

“He lost the battle with blood cancer a few hours ago in Abuja,” he said on Sunday. “When I spoke to him on the phone last week, he told me that he has fully recovered from his kidney problem and will be traveling to India by next week for leukemia treatment. “

Nwadike mainly sang in Igbo and was known for songs such as “God of Vengeance”. He was also a successful actor, starring in a number of local films including prince on the run and divine sisters.

Prior to his death, Nwadike was also involved in politics, serving on the Imo State Pilgrim Council, and was a Special Mobilization Assistant to former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha.

In Ghana on Friday, the local entertainment industry was hit by the death of veteran radio host Dr Cann. A statement from Global Media Alliance Broadcasting has confirmed that the Happy FM presenter, born Francis Ebo Cann, has died following a short illness.

Prior to joining Happy FM, Dr Cann worked with Radio Winaby in Cape Coast, GBC Radio in Accra and Sunrise FM in Koforidua. During his long career, the broadcaster has been praised for his affable personality and impartial approach to issues affecting the Ghanaian showbiz space. He has also been credited with promoting emerging musicians in his country.

In March last year, Happy FM lost another presenter, DJ Advicer, who also died after a short, unspecified illness.