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Who is Nadia Ntuli the Tanzanian Model Drake Paid Tribute to in Certified Lover Boy?

Nadia Ntuli
Written by See Africa Today

On 3rd September, Drake released his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy ‘CLB’ and people couldn’t help but wonder who is Nadia Ntuli. She was one of the special women alongside Mercedes Morr Drake celebrated.

Drake, the famous rapper, has been associated with many women, but dedicating his album to these women has surprised a lot of his listeners.

“A combination of toxic masculinity and acceptance of the truth which is inevitably heartbreaking. Executive produced by me, Noah ‘40’ Shebib, Oliver El-Khatib, and Noel Cadastre. Dedicated to Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr. RIP — Drake,” the note about the dedication read.

The album features a series of artists from all over the world including Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Tems, and Jay Z among others. While people were quite familiar with the case of Mercedes Morr, the Fashionova and OnlyFans star, who was killed in Texas, fans ‌ knew nothing about Nadia Ntuli. As a result, her name trended on Twitter many asking about her.

Who is Nadia Ntuli?

Drake and Nadia Ntuli

Drake and Nadia Ntuli. Photo/LoveBscott

 Nadia Ntuli is British-born Tanzanian born in 1987. The British model died in 2021 and her body was transported and laid in Tanzania.

 Here are three interesting things about the UK- Based Tanzanian model Drake Paid Tribute in his album.

  1. At the time of her death, Nadia was a rapper, an Instagram model, and an Onlyfans content creator.
  2. She passed away in January 2021 in a motorcycle accident in Dubai.
  3. She is the long-time friend of Drake. They have been friends and have supported each other’s careers for seven years. Their friendship was not a romantic relationship as many perceived.

How Did Nadia Ntuli Die?

 Although there is no official news about the cause of her death, some sources claim that she died in a bike accident in Dubai. No news desk covered her death, but her friends mourned her on the Internet. One of her friends, Mange Kimambi, a political activist and a Tanzanian model, shared a picture of her with a message on the day of her death.

According to Mange Kimambi, she was the only child of her mother.  According to Drake, Nadia Ntuli was special in his life. They lifted each other and he still can’t comprehend her passing.  He posted a tribute after hearing of her death.

“This can’t be right. One of the most real, most positive people I know always looked out for each other and kept our spirits up. Thank you for 7 years of friendship and support… Rest easy N love you,” he wrote.


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Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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