1) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Afrobeat creator passed away on August 2, 1997, after complications
from HIV/AIDS. When his death was announced by his brother, Nigerians
and the global music community were shocked. Fela was enigma whose
larger than life personality seemed to defy death. The news of his
passing away led to a celebration of his music and life. 20 years after,
Fela is still vividly remembered by millions.
2) Princess Diana
death of the Queen of Hearts was arguably the saddest news that year
globally. Princess Diana was loved by many for her friendly demeanour
even when she was a royal. The beautiful princess died on August 31,
1997, in Paris after her car crashed into a closed tunnel. For weeks
there was global grief about her death. The Princess of Wales even after
death is still loved.
3) Gianni Versace
Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace passed away on July 15, 1997.
Ironically, Princess Diana attended his burial. Versace was killed by
American serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan. His legacy in fashion
still lives on especially in Hip Hop.
4) Mother Theresa
Teresa of Calcutta passed away on September 5, 1997, at the ripe old
age of 87 in India. Known all across the globe for her charitable works
especially in India, gave the world hope that kindness still exists. Her
life has been the subject of many films and books.
5) Notorious B.I.G
was killed the year before, Notorious B.I.G was killed in Los Angles on
March 9, 1997. A documentary about his life and times came out in
August 2017. His murder still remains unsolved.
6) Mobutu Sese Seko
African dictator of former Zaire now known as the Democratic Republic
of Congo was one of the personalities who held the world spellbound in
1997. After staying in power for 31 years, Mobutu Sese Seko was kicked
out by Laurent Kabila in 1997. Four months after he was
chased out of office, Kabila passed away on September 7, 1997, in
Morocco. His death ended one of the most infamous dictatorships in