When the death of the ovarian cancer patient Ahmed Mayowa Shukurat was announced on Sunday by one of her brothers on twitter, Asiwaju Foye @Asiwaju_Foye, Nigerians took to the micro blogging social media to pay their tributes. And within hours #RipMayowa was among the top 10 twitter trends in Nigeria.
But later in the night, some Nigerians shifted the blame on Nigerian popular blogger, Linda Ikeji and Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu. The two celebrities were accused of causing confusion while #SaveMayowa donation campaign was going on.
|“Hundreds tried to #SaveMayowa…Just one blog post by Aunty Linda, all our efforts were wasted,” @Bhadoosky|
|“I believe @lindaikeji should know that the death of #SaveMayowa will be on her head for the propaganda she carried against her,” @TheManSquash|
|“May be, may be not…but we could have bought you more time if Linda Ikeji and Toyin Aimakhu were sensible and reasonable,” @tosinadeda|
@MixNaija didn’t see any reason why Linda and Toyin should be accused, “Nigerians are just…for accusing Linda Ikeji and Toyin Aimakhu for her death.”
Corroborating MixNaija’s view, Olukemi Olunloye said, “#RipMayowa should not be an attack on Toyin Aimakhu or @lindaikeji…”
Why Linda Ikeji in Mayowa’s death?
Linda Ikeji had on July 28, 2016 (at about 1.36pm) published on her blogger that #SaveMayowa was a scam aimed. Linda Ikeji she alleged that Mayowa’s family was using her condition to exhort monies from the general public. Errata
The blogger later tweeted on August 14, 2016, “#SaveMayowa wasn’t a scam after all…apologies to the family..”@lindaikeji.
Why Toyin Aimakhu in Mayowa’s death?
Toying Aimakhu and the director of Lifestake Foundation Miss Aramid Kasumu has launched an online funds raising appeal for Mayowa’s surgery in the United States. But Toyin Aimakhu later alleged that the campaign was a scam.
Having raised over N80million and another $100,000, the police waded in to freeze #SaveMayowa account both in Nigerian bank and gofundme.
However the police later lifted the ban on the accounts, saying that the misunderstanding between #SaveMayowa Campaigners and her family caused the confusion.
Mayowa was flown to a South African-based hospital for treatment on August 10, 2016. Less than two weeks, her death was announced by her brother.