Family pay tribute to 'truly adored' restaurant owner following death 

Matthew Ndungu, also known as Baba Nyax, ran The Calabash African Bar in Glasgow city centre.

Tributes pour in as owner of Calabash African restaurant in Glasgow city centre dies Calabash Restaurant via Facebook

Tributes have been paid following the death of the owner of a popular Glasgow city centre restaurant.

Matthew Ndungu, known by many as Baba Nyax, ran The Calabash African bar and restaurant on Union Street for more than a decade.

His family announced on social media that the 55-year-old passed away on August 18, leaving behind his wife Elizabeth, also known as Mama Nyax, his children and grandchildren who “truly adored him”.

The statement read: “Baba Nyax touched a lot of hearts and he was and will always be a strong tower in the community.

The 55-year-old ran the city centre restaurant for more than a decade.Calabash Restaurant via Facebook

“We have truly lost a great man but gained an angel who will remain in our hearts and minds forever.”

Announcing arrangements for his memorial service, the family added: “He had a heart of gold as many have testified. He had the smile that brought so much pleasure.

“He had genuine love that brought joy beyond measure. We believe that the life of the ones we love is never lost.

“His influence goes on through all the lives he ever touched. We are so uplifted by the memories and stories that we have been hearing from everyone about Dad this week.

'He had genuine love that brought joy beyond measure,' his family said. Calabash Restaurant via Facebook

“It has truly been one of the reasons we have been able to smile amid the tears and sorrow in our hearts.”

The funeral procession will pass by The Calabash at 10am on August 29, allowing members of the community to wave farewell to Baba Nyax, followed by a funeral service at Daldowie Crematorium.

Family members will don navy blue clothing and have asked others to do they same, as this was Baba Nyax’s favourite colour.

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