How can well-known celebrities disappear without a trace?

While some deliberately decide to go missing in action, others just slip away and fall under the radar just for a little while, and some, forever!

We take a look at African artistes who, ideally, shouldn’t be able to walk down the street without getting noticed, but went MIA, never to be seen again.


Real name Abdulkarim Mohammed, he disappeared at the peak of his career 13 years ago. The Amka Ukatike hitmaker was set to sit for his KCSE examination at the Kilindini Secondary school before he vanished, with speculation rife that he had run away to avoid exams.

C-Zars who was known for his good looks won awards like Chaguo la Teeniez and Fanta Pure Fresh Oxygen Talent Search.

There were rumors that C-Zars was spotted in Eastleigh, Nairobi but his father’s efforts to locate him in the area bore no fruits.

“Wherever he is I want him to know that he is our son and we love him very much. My only hope and prayer is that he comes back home someday as his room is still empty without him,” said his father in an interview two years ago.

Prior to his disappearance, C-Zar shared a close relationship with his father who doubled up as his manager and fashion designer. The two were known to enjoy taking walks along the beach, the only memories his father has left of him.


When word went out that the popular Ghanaian music star Castro had disappeared without a trace, rumour mills went into overdrive. 

It was alleged that Ghana football super star Asamoah Gyan, had killed him for ritual purposes.

The renowned musician fondly referred to as “Castro de Destroyer” drowned in a jet-ski accident in the Volta Estuary at Ada, Ghana on 6th July 2014, barely a month after releasing Adonai featuring rapper Sarkodie.

He was in the company of his friends among them, Asamoah Gyan, the then Ghana’s football team captain.

Castro and a female identified as Miss Janet Bandu boarded the same Jet Ski and were never seen again. The Jet Ski was recovered in the estuary months later but their bodies are still missing.

Castro got on a jet-ski and was never seen again Photo: Courtesy

Gyan came out to publicly dispute the rumours that he had a hand in Castro’s disappearance.

“What sells in the media in Ghana are wild allegations and rumours directed especially at Asamoah Gyan – ranging from the absurd – of the imputation of criminality to him in the sense that he either murdered Castro or had him kidnapped – and ending with the ludicrous – that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career,” read a statement from Gyan’s family.