#RIP: Mayowa Ahmed Has Died

#RIP: Mayowa Ahmed Has Died

By Ekamma Jacobs | Staff Reporter on August 21, 2016
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A Nigerian woman, Mayowa Ahmed, a cancer patient and beneficiary of a controversial fundraising campaign #SaveMayowa, has died.

A relative of Ms. Ahmed, Habeeb Odufuye shared the news of her demise on Sunday, August 21, 2016 on micro-blogging website, Twitter.

“By Allah, in who’s hands our lives is, Mayowa Ahmed has left us in this world. We pray that Jannat becomes her home. She tried, we tried but God’s will prevailed”, he wrote.

Ms. Ahmed made the news when Nigerians rallied around her to raise money to treat her stage 4 ovarian cancer and then, reports began to announce the fundraising as a “scam”. The fund raised over N30 million and $100,000.
Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji, one of the first to report the #SaveMayowa as a scam, apologised last week, after the police, following an investigation announced that the fund raising project was genuine.

Her family had responded to the scandal by issuing a statement announcing that she had been flown to South Africa for treatment.

“As a family, it was our wish for Mayowa to leave the country on the earliest available flight to start her treatment but due to the much rumoured and alleged scam, we were faced with an overwhelming task of getting her flight documentations ready and missed the earliest scheduled appointment for August 1 in the UAE,” the statement said.

“In the midst of all this, several people and organisations working with us became sceptical and had to cancel appointments, including health care providers.

“But for some well-meaning individuals who were not deterred assisted in activating our back up plan. And with the grace of the Almighty Allah, Mayowa finally left the shores of Nigeria to South Africa last Thursday to start her treatment.

“On behalf of Mayowa, we want to say a very big thank you to everybody for your support with donations, prayers and logistics to facilitate the pursuit of giving Mayowa Ahmed a chance to live.

“To our various employers, we are extremely grateful for the trust and faith you had in us amidst of the allegations. Also the Lagos state police command for their diligent and thorough investigation which reinforced the integrity that the family stands for and was raised by.”

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