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Ex-PMAN president, Amego, dies of cancer

By The Rainbow

Former president of Performing Musician Association of Nigeria, Mustapha Amego , is dead.

Amego, who is fondly called Musky, reportedly died this morning after he was discharged from the Maryland Medical Center, United States. He was expected to begin a hospice home care, indefinitely.

According to online reports, Amego, widely known to Nigeria's music lovers of 80s through late 90s, as 'Funky Mallam' had been down by colon cancer in the last few months.

Mr. Azuka Jebose, bossom friend of the deceased who had a telephone conversation with him before his passing said Mustapha's voice waned, weak and frail, barely audible, he expressed appreciation for the support and empathy from well meaning Nigerians since his family went public with his health challenges.

He reportedly told Jebose, 'Zuky, I just wished God would give me more time to thank every Nigerian. I am grateful to have been born Nigerian. I hope someday we would resolve our various differences and live as one Nigeria, be as great as the United States. We are a resilient people, regardless of our diversity.

'Where else can you find a unique ethnic people under one nation, with beautiful and diversified cultures, people, traditions and customs? Nigeria is such a glorious nation and I pray the powers that be would someday allow our children to tell the stories of our resilience and our great people.

'Zuky, I thank you, Joel, Jude, Alex Zitto, and everybody. I am at peace and have accepted my circumstance. I don't have much time left. But I am fulfilled… I want to be remembered as a son, a father who did his best to reach out, remember me as somebody who, despite disagreements, always found ways to put myself in people's shoes.

'Zuky, it's in God's hands now. And I am a happy man, because I started this life's journey with half full cup and filled it. It was difficult, but I filled it. I am fulfilled.'