She battled cancer till the end. Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where she was admitted had discharged her, apparently believing her transition was imminent. Mayowa Ahmed eventually gave up the ghost on Sunday at an hospital in South Africa where she was flown to for surgery.
Her case became popular when her family pleaded with Nigerians to help her case. And with the help of popular actress, Toyin Aimakhu, and the Director Lifestake Foundation, Miss Aramide Kasumu, an online appeal to raise funds called the #SaveMayowaCampaign was launched and it raised a whooping N80 million in just over a week and another $100,000 for her..
Many more people had joined Mayowa, who was battling ovarian cancer, in prayers, and her progress was being closely followed on social media.
Her story, however, took a turn for the worse when blogger Linda Ikeji claimed the entire campaign was a scam.
The Nigerian police got involved with the case, freezing all the bank accounts and initially preventing Mayowa from travelling abroad. The Gofundme account opened for her was frozen.
The case was settled later, with the police, after investigating the allegations that the campaign was a scam, saying it was a mere misunderstanding between the parties involved. The force unfroze the Gofundme account but it was too late.
Mayowa was flown to South Africa on August 10, 2016. She died on Sunday, August 21. Her cousin, Habeeb Odufuye, broke the news of her death on his twitter handle around 1.23 pm 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 the #SaveMayowaCampaign -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,” he said in the tweet.
Miss Ikeji has come under attack from people who believed she played a negative part in the Mayowa affair.