The former footballer and coach, popularly known as the Big Boss, died in Benin City, Edo State in Nigeria at the age of 54.
Stephen Keshi hardly tweets but has close to 20,000 followers since he created his Twitter account in December 2012.
People don't have to believe in you for you to succeed. Just work hard. When you succeed, they will believe.
His last tweet, on February 5, ironically says: “Thank you everyone. It is well.”
Thank you everyone. It is well.— Stephen Keshi (@OfficialKeshi) February 5, 2016
This appreciation was undoubtedly directed at those who supported him with well wishes when he lost his wife, Kate Keshi, to cancer on December 10, 2015.
Her death, after a three-year battle with the disease, caused him a lot of sorrow, his family announced, adding that he was expected to return to his home in the US the day he died.
The world is sympathizing with the family of Stephen Keshi who is trending in Africa and worldwide on Twitter.
He is also remembered for some memorable quotes he made in his career:
“People don’t have to believe in you for you to succeed. Just work hard. When you succeed, they will believe.”
“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.”
Below are some selected tributes accorded the man who is behind Nigeria’s major sporting achievement of being the first African team to win an Africa Cup of Nations trophy and a World Cup qualification in the same year.
Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.— The NFF (@thenff) June 8, 2016
Hayatou eulogizes the exemplary career of Stephen Keshi https://t.co/kNzRxggGH7— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 8, 2016
Stephen Keshi, the best African coach ever? Can't think of an African coach with better credentials/achievements. Can you? #RIPBigBoss— Farayi Mungazi (@BBCFarayi) June 8, 2016
One of Nigeria’s all-time great footballers Stephen Keshi has died at the age of 54. Rest in peace, Keshi. pic.twitter.com/P9FUXrI8Cx— Arsenal (@tomgunner14) June 8, 2016
Stephen Keshi has earned a state burial. Few folks have contributed to our collective happiness as he did over more than 3 decades #RIPKeshi— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 8, 2016
Our condolence to the family of “Stephen Keshi” and the whole Nigeria Football Federation. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/AqGydfcBhC— PUMA Ghana (@cuteeventsgh) June 8, 2016
Good night, Stephen Keshi. Thank you for '94 and other rare glories that gave us reasons to feel like a real nation. pic.twitter.com/4PwoHyuwKb— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) June 8, 2016
R.I.P Stephen Keshi 🌹— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) June 8, 2016
“People don't have to believe in you for you to succeed. Just work hard. When you succeed, they will believe” – Stephen Keshi— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) June 8, 2016
BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 8, 2016
So sad the news of Stephen Keshi death. Probably the best african manager ever— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 8, 2016
So sad to hear about the premature death of Stephen Keshi Got to know him quite well, a pioneer for African football pic.twitter.com/SoQVQDTR8q— Filippo Ricci (@filippomricci) June 8, 2016
I hope a proper autopsy is done to determine Stephen Keshi's actual cause of death. Even if for sake of prophylaxis awareness.— Mr. Aye Dee (@MrAyeDee) June 8, 2016
Our legendary coach and player, Stephen Keshi, your death came as a shock. Thank you for all you gave to Nigeria.Thank you.— Nathaniel Bassey (@nathanielblow) June 8, 2016
All at CFC are saddened to hear of former Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi's death. He worked with Mikel & Victor Moses. pic.twitter.com/ejohJrRSUP— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 8, 2016
Stephen Keshi? Oh, l'm truly sad. He was special, representing a bridge between what was and what could be. We chose what was. Rest boss.— Funmi Iyanda (@Funmilola) June 8, 2016
Woke up to pay respect to E. Ofei Ansah, 11 years after his demise; only to hear of Stephen Keshi's sad end. May their souls RIP 💔. #AHOSC— Accra Hearts Of Oak (@HeartsOfOakGH) June 8, 2016
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle”. RIP Stephen Keshi.— PrincessTosynBucknor (@TosynBucknor) June 8, 2016
Rip Mr Stephen Keshi…… Life is short,be at peace, live in peace and spread love🙏🏿— iruobe waje (@OfficialWaje) June 8, 2016
He brought us victory, he made us proud. Today we lost one of Super Eagles' greatest. RIP Stephen Keshi pic.twitter.com/vgejbYTrpT— UNION BANK NIG PLC (@UNIONBANK_NG) June 8, 2016
He made us proud! Still in shock!!! RIP to the great Coach Stephen Keshi🙏🏽😢😕 #OMG— Peter Okoye MrP (@PeterPsquare) June 8, 2016
Stunned & shaken by the passing of Stephen Keshi at 54. Lived in US for many years. Deserved world coach of the year consideration in 2013.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 8, 2016
Oh My God! hmm… Rest in Peace Stephen Keshi— D'banj D Kokomaster (@iamdbanj) June 8, 2016
Not only with Super Eagles team did Stephen Keshi performed Miracles.He was a savior to TOGOLESE football team— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) June 8, 2016
This guy was GREAT!#RIPKeshi
What a sad news..Stephen keshi has passed away..#RIPKeshi— Mido (@midoahm) June 8, 2016
Shocking sad news of the passing of Stephen Keshi RIP we pray for his family.— Femi Anikulapo -Kuti (@Femiakuti) June 8, 2016
RIP Stephen Keshi. The former Anderlecht defender has died at the age of 54 after a cardiac arrest. pic.twitter.com/nFeoWw7iPR— Sporting Anderlecht (@Sporting_AND) June 8, 2016
Really upset at the death of Stephen Keshi who worked with the BBC at the African Nations Cup in 2004 and was utterly charming and funny.— Steve Wilson (@SteveWilson1967) June 8, 2016
I feel anguished waking up to the news that Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles captain and coach has passed on.— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) June 8, 2016
Rest in Peace Stephen Keshi. We still cannot believe it. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Dfvtcs5BaU— PDP Nigeria (@PdpNigeria) June 8, 2016
FUFA joins the rest of the football world in mourning the demise of former— Uganda FA [FUFA] (OfficialFUFA) June 8, 2016
thenffhead coach Stephen Keshi. We are saddened by the news.
My condolences to family, friends & fans of Stephen Keshi. We remember Big Boss for Africa Cup of Nations' victory. pic.twitter.com/n6YYujMqhP— H.E. Erastus Mwencha (@Erastus_Mwencha) June 8, 2016
Horrible news & Sad day as Our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies.May his blessed soul rest in peace.we lost an iconic Hero 2day— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) June 8, 2016
Tunisia 94, USA 94, when the Super Eagles soared above the world. None of it would've been possible without the cool head of Stephen Keshi.— Nkem Ifejika (@nkemifejika) June 8, 2016
Woke up to the sad news of the passing of my brother Stephen Keshi. I can't believe it. I am in shock . Football legend. RIP— Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) June 8, 2016
Shocked, shocked shocked beyond to hear of the passing away of Stephen Keshi. African legend #RIPBigBoss— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) June 8, 2016
HRH Mustapha AbuBakr (@Mustyblax) June 8, 2016