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‘I am alive and well’ – Nigerian singer Buchi is not dead. Ignore rumours circulating on Facebook

IN SHORT: Online claims about the death of a popular Nigerian gospel singer Buchi Atuonwu are false. The artist is alive and well.

Nigerian artist Buchi Atuonwu is dead, according to a Facebook post dated 13 September 2023.

Atuonwu, known professionally as Buchi, is a gospel singer, songwriter and author. His songs include Mma Mma (2005), Ke Hossana (2014) and His Mercy (2020).

The post reads: “Award winning Nigerian Gospel Minister BUCHI is no more . The talented Gospel artiste died today .BUCHI featured in ‘Congratulations’ by Ada Ehi . RIP BUCHI , you’ll definitely be celebrated forever.”  

The claim also appeared on Facebook here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Nigerian celebrities are often the victims of false rumours about their death. Could the same be true of 59-year-old Buchi?


‘Alive and well’

On 13 September, Atuonwu shared a video of an interview he had with a presenter where he debunked claims about his death.

“I am alive and well. Lie dem are lie.. Rumor dem are spread,” he said.

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