The passing of iconic heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali is expectedly drawing reactions from various quarters, and Nigerian celebrities have not been left out in paying their respects to the charming slugger.
Olamide, Vector, D’banj, Toolz, Lil Kesh, Jesse Jagz, YQ, Lynxxx, Kemi Adetiba, Lami Phillips, Genevieve Nnaji, and Victoria Kimani are just a few of those who have taken to their social media pages to eulogize Ali.
See their various reactions below;
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“Only a man who knows what it’s like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win” #BeyondtheRing. He said he was the greatest, he went on to become just that. RIP Mohammed Ali, #G.O.A.T
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‘Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee’ You Never let anyone talk you into Not believing in Yourself… Never settled for anything less than the Greatest… You Never forgot to introduce yourself as the Greatest… And Today, Even in Death you remain the Greatest… Goodnight!! Vení Vidi Vici
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“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong” – Muhammad Ali – What an Important Black Icon, a symbol a strength and Fearlessness, A necessary WIN for the Black race Worldwide. My Dad used to make me watch boxing growing up, it stirred something inside of me that caused me to fight through every challenge in Life. Rest in Power Cassius X – Muhammad Ali #NeverForget
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I woke up this morning to find out the man they call “The Greatest” is dead. What is so weird is just a couple days ago, when news outlets were reporting that he was ill, I joked online “They should leave Muhammad Ali for us Ohhhhhhhhh”. But I didn’t really think anything would happen. He was Ali!! This one hurts sooooooo bad. I grew up in a Muhammad Ali household cos my dad was infatuated with the man. My dad collected reels of his best fights and projected them on the living room walls for us to watch. He collected memorabilia, books, VHS tapes of his films, famous interviews. He drilled famous quotes made by MA into our heads, HECK… My dad even interviewed Muhammad Ali in his heydays. I remember vividly my dad playing a recording of the televised 50th birthday celebration of MA with performances by Whitney Houston, George Benson etc, accompanied with tributes by some of the most famous people in the world. It also highlighted his special love/hate/incredible banter relationship over his boxing years with sports personality Howard Cosell. I begged my dad to play that VHS tape over and over again till I knew all the words by heart. Growing up with that foundation, I went on my own to study the man through books and films I came across, creating my own special relationship with Mr. Ali. Till tomorrow, the 1996 documentary film “When We Were Kings” ( directed by Leon Gast) is one of my favourite pieces of visual work. After watching, I always feel I can do ANYTHING. I think I might watch it again today… I need to get that feeling again… Instead of this loss I feel. #RIPTheGreatest. This clip is a perfect example of who this man IS ( he lives on). He had a big mouth on him, but an even greater soul!!!
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This man was ahead of his time. His wisdom .. PRICELESS. This is what I crave.. To be so sure .. So convicted.. And to bless with this conviction of purpose. Anything short of this is .. Worthless. Lord make my life count! RIP CC, Mohammed Ali. You served your purpose and we are blessed! The greatest!
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