Trevor Noah has paid tribute to his beloved grandmother Frances Noah, who passed away this week at the age of 95. He also thanked fans around the world who have sent him condolence messages, after they grew to love ‘Gogo’ through Trevor’s stories and interviews with her. (Watch an interview at the bottom of the page.)
“I know many of you grew to love Gogo from afar and I thank you for the condolences and the blessings you’ve sent in her memory,” he said.
In a video post headed “How can I smile for a photo when I don’t have teeth?” 😄❤️, Trevor revealed his family had laid the oldest member of their clan to rest this morning, 12 May 2022.
“How can I smile for a photo when I don’t have teeth?” 😄❤️
This morning our family laid to rest the oldest member of our clan Frances Noah, or as most of us referred to her, Gogo. pic.twitter.com/t7FUpdYI24
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2022
“My grandmother was born in 1927 and even though she was 95 years old, she still had the best memory of us all. Every moment spent with her felt like a magical journey through time where she would recount all of the family’s greatest joys, losses, achievements and milestones,” wrote Trevor.
“Her house in Soweto wasn’t just a home, it was a refuge, a place where other women would come when they had no other place to go, a place where members of the community would gather to pray together every single week, a place where everyone was guaranteed to feel the love emanating from her mighty chest.”
Trevor said he has cried all week, celebrating “the greatest ‘movie’ I’ve ever watched… a story he said that began with his first breath… and ended with her last.
His grandmother, he said, was “a woman who showed me the truest definition of unconditional love. She passed away peacefully in her sleep and even blessed us with one final Mother’s Day (Sunday 8 May) which she enjoyed to the fullest.”
“Hamba Kahle Gogo,” said her grandson.