Zimbabwe’s President Honors Soul Jah Love with Liberation Hero Award
21 February 2021
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By Kinyua Mwangi
In his death, Zimdancehall star Soul Jah Prayzah will be remembered through the Liberation Hero tag accorded by Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The singer died on Tuesday night. Doctors at Mbuya Dorcas Hospital in Waterfalls pronounced him dead on arrival. Zanu PF party’s Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu announced Soul Jah’s liberation status.
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Liberation Hero status is the second prestigious status accorded by the president. These heroes are buried at the Heroes Acre. The deceased’s family is accorded several benefits by the government.
Mpofu explained that Soul Jah’s Liberation tag was inspired by his efforts in fighting for the youth through his music. Soul Jah succumbed to diabetes; a condition he has battled since he was seven years old.
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He lived for 24 years with the ailment that took a toll on him sometime in 2016. He failed to appear for shows and released no music which got people thinking that he may have been abusing drugs.
However, he came out publicly and said that he had been ailing from diabetes which is what kept him off shows and recording new music at the time. He said that low blood sugar levels made it impossible for him to put up a show.
“When I fail to pitch up to a show, it’s usually because my blood sugar levels will be very low. I can’t even give that as a reason because people just say I was high on drugs, which isn’t the case,” he said during a past interview.
He was married to a fellow artiste Bounty Lisa. His marriage also made headlines as it was on and off.