Lagos - After battling with ovarian cancer for months, Mayowa Ahmed has been confirmed dead at a hospital in South Africa, where she was flown to for surgery.
Mayowa’s cousin, Habeeb Odufuye, broke the news of her death on his Twitter account around 1.23pm on Sunday, saying, “Ahmed has left us in this world.
“On behalf of the entire Ahmed’s family, we say thank you to everyone that was part of #SaveMayowa – RTs, donations. God bless you all. She tried, we tried, but God’s will prevailed. By Allah, in whose hands our lives are, Mayowa Ahmed has left us in this world. We pray that Jannat (paradise) becomes her home,” the tweet read.
Mayowa’s family, supported by Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu; and the director of Lifestake Foundation, Aramide Kasumu, had launched an online appeal to raise funds for her surgery in an Atlanta-based hospital, United States.
The campaign was said to have raised over N80m and a separate $100 000 for her, but Aimakhu later alleged on social media that the campaign was a scam.
The police, after investigating the allegations from both parties, however, described the controversy as a mere misunderstanding between the parties involved and unfroze the Gofundme account, where the donations were paid into.
She was flown to South Africa for treatment on August 10, 2016.
Many Nigerians have reacted to her passing on on Twitter.
- News 24