The CEO of London-based Ghanaian bakery business Uncle John’s Bakery, Samuel Mensah has died of coronavirus.

Mensah who is also a rapper under the stage name Xploder is reported to have passed away yesterday according to GRM Daily

He was known for appearing on grime tracks like Mission Riddim alongside his brother D Dark, Scrufizzer, Lady Lykez, Roachee, Maxsta and Zeph Ellis, as well D Dark’s Be Smart Remix with Ms. Banks and Scrufizzer.


Samuel was also known for being the CEO of London-based Ghanaian bakery business Uncle John’s Bakery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary just last year.

For 25 years, the Ghanaian bakery has served the local community.

His fans have been taking to Twitter to pay tribute to him and send their condolences to his family. Others paid tribute to “one of the greatest people” they knew. While others were not aware that Samuel was behind their “go-to bread” but reflected on the role the bakery had played in their local community.

One person remarked: “Uncle John’s bakery has formed a huge part of my life.

“Popping in to get my bofrot every time I’m in the area for a coffee date…My mum buying a loaf of bread a few times a week.”

The bakery has been giving free loaves of bread to NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Samuel also presented the podcast Dope Black Dads, which talks about modern Black fatherhood.