World music legend, Michael Jackson also referred to as king of Pop would have clocked sixty on Wednesday 29th August 2019. However he passed away on 25th June 2009.
Nine years after, the American Pop star remains in the memories of fans across the world.
The growing numbers new songs from other pop stars like Rihanna, Beyoncé, Akon, have not stopped people from enjoying the works of the music legend.
The talent, attire and style of Michael Jackson were exceptional, according to fans.
As some people tweeted their Happy birthday wishes on Wednesday, others expressed their emotions to CRTV on the streets of Yaounde, Cameroon.
According to Nkwanui Ernest, Michael Jackson lives in his memory every day through his rhythm and messages behind his songs like The Man in the Mirror.
“I also enjoy the attire of Michael Jackson. Above all, his was talented. Think of songs like Thriller, Beat It,” Mr Nkwanui continued.
Isaiah Kamas who operates Kamas Music Inter digital discotheque in Yaounde believes Jackson’s continuous influence in the world is due to the beauty of his music.
“Michael Jackson was a good singer. His songs were good. And good songs never die,” Mr Kamas said.
“People come here everyday to get his songs. I also play them in my studio,” he continued.
“It’s even after his death that many people developed interest in his songs,” he ended.
Some artists like former Nigerian duo P-Square adopted his style in some of their songs. In their track, Personally, the Nigerian stars impersonate Jackson as much as they can, to pay homage to the legend.
Even searches on the internet about the songwriter, singer and dancer continue to pour in every single day. According to Celebrities Galore, there are 5,000,000 searches every month about Michael Jackson.
The official twitter page of the deceased is still able to gather 2.2 million followers.
Michael Jackson became the first person to have ten million followers on Facebook, a month after his death. Barack Obama who was previously the most followed person became second with about 6.5m followers, according to Pagedata.
Before his death, the father of three had plans to organise the last in a series of concerts in London, which was going to see him break three major records, according to his website.
The concert was scheduled from July 2009 to March 2010 in two phases comprising 50 shows. But death stroke him a month earlier: he was expected to gather the biggest audience ever to see an artist in one city; The greatest number of people to attend a series of arena shows and; The fastest ticket sales in history.”
The concert was going to be followed by a tour of the world from Australia to Europe, India, China, Hong Kong, passing through Japan, to North America.
Born to a family of ten children, the dancer produced several albums like Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and Off the Wall amongst others.
Thriller is believed to be the best-selling album of all time by claimed sales, estimated at over 66 million.
Michael Jackson won several awards including Guinness World Records such as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Times.
Jackson married twice and divorced as many times and had three children: Paris Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. and Prince Michael Jackson II.
The cause of his death has been very controversial, though some sources say he died of cardiac arrest.
However, critics of Michael Jackson argue that his songs were full of horror scenes.
Tasha Seidou (Intern)