September 03, 2016

What Happens To The #SaveMayowa Financial Contributions?

The money was contributed for Mayowa family to take care of her...I think people should just let go.

According to a report by The Nation, A public appeal for funds to treat of a victim of ovarian cancer, Mayowa Ahmed, generated more than N80million a few days after the campaign was launched through the efforts of Miss Aramide Kasumu, the director of Lifestake Foundation, a Lagos-based non governmental organisation (NGO) and others.

The idea was to raise funds for a surgery that would be carried out on Mayowa in a hospital in Atlanta, United States of America.



Nigerians, big and small, rose to the challenge and contributed generously to the #GoFundMe campaign such that about N82 million was raised within a short time But Mayowa’s ugly story would later turn uglier as efforts to save her life was later enmeshed in controversy, following Aimakhu’s alleged declaration in the social media that the fund raiser was a scam.

The police, who intervened in the matter and froze the account where the sum raised was deposited, after investigating the allegations the two parties levelled against each other, described the controversy as a mere misunderstanding.

Another widow of opportunity to save Mayowa, who at the time was a stage IV cancer patient, opened when the police lifted the ban on the account, opening the way for her to be transferred to a hospital in South Africa, whcih had allegedly offered to carry out a surgery to save her life.

However, it turned out an effort too little too late, as Mayowa, who was flown to South Africa for treatment on August 10 died 11 days later. Her death was announced by a family member, Asiwaju Foye, in a series of tweets.

The tweet had stated: “By Allah, in whose hands our lives is, Mayowa Ahmed has left us in this world. We pray that Jannat becomes her home #RipMayowa. She tried, we tried but God’s will prevailed #RipMayowa.”

But for some Nigerians, the mourning days appear to have ended, as they are asking what becomes of the millions raised from the #SaveMayowa campaign.

A representative of the Ahmed family, Tope Adeniran, who spoke with The Nation, said the family was still mourning Mayowa’s loss. Tope, who sounded distraught, said: “I am not ready to talk to any journalist on any story. I just lost someone, can’t you guys sympathise with us?”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ms. Dolapo Badmus, who spoke with The Nation, said that the police would brief the media on the matter at the appropriate time on what would be done with the remaining sum realised from the campaign.

Badmus said: “We are all human beings. When a life is lost, the first thing is to commiserate with the family. Right now, we are condoling with members of Mayowa’s family. I don’t think the issue of money should be the first thing for us to be talking about right now. So, we want to leave the family for some time to go through their private period of mourning. But at the appropriate time, we will feed the members of the press back on the decisions we have made. We will still act at the appropriate time.”

Some leaders of non-governmental organisations involved with women causes and health care also shared their thoughts with The Nation on what can be done with the fund.

The Executive Director, Centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Mrs. Betty Abah believes that Mayowa’s family, after they must have mourned her sufficiently, should make a public statement on what they intend to do with the fund.

Abah said: “As the saying goes, the deed has been done and we cannot question God. It is time to take the next step and that should be fully characterised by transparency in the light of the recent controversy. My thoughts would be that they can donate to a charity organisation having to do with cancer.

“I really can’t recall hearing much from the family following Mayowa’s death. I think they need to make a statement thanking the supporters, as well as stating the way forward, and that should include the use of the fund.”

In the opinion of Dr Femi Olaleye, the founder and medical director of Optimal Cancer Care Foundation, a foremost NGO that offers health services in cancer related ailments for women, the funds generated should be donated to a cancer foundation so that more women can be saved.

Olaleye said: “There are lots of women to help in cryotherapy, breast cancer surgery and other women related cancer ailments. My foundation offers free breast and cervical screening for women every Friday.

“So there is a lot of opportunities for them to do great with that money and give back. I will manage it for them. If not even all of it, they can use some of it and give back to other women who can come here and access treatment. More impact can be made that way.”

Efforts to speak with Toyin Aimakhu on the latest development were futile. It will be recalled that in the wake of the controversy surrounding the funds after the alarm she raised on her suspicions of Mayowa’s family’s motives, Aimakhu took to her tweeter handle to explain her involvement in the fund raiser.

In the said tweet, the actress had said: “I want to state for the records that I have never been a fraud and will never partake in one, not even at this stage of my career (which I hold to heart).

“All my efforts were strictly on humanitarian grounds without recourse to any pecuniary consideration or the resort to cheap fame.

“That said, whatever discomfort my reactions may have cost anyone from any quarters is highly regretted and I take responsibility.

“Whilst I wish Mayowa a quick recovery and divine intervention, I want to urge us as a people to continue to exhibit that enviable Nigerian spirit of compassion and generosity and not because of this isolated case cease to be our sister/brother’s keeper.”

With the death of Mayowa, it is obvious that the last has not been heard of the controversy.

5 comments:

Accuratetravels said...

You guys suggesting the money be given to a Cancer centre and all that are all talking nonsense. The appeal for that fund is for late Mayowa specifically and should not be diverted for any reason. Leave the outstanding for Mayowa family and if any such case comes up again, lunch another appeal for donation. Those of you planning to steal from the money by coning up with your stupid suggestions because of the amount involved should seek other means to make or you should rather go and work hard. Please allow the departed soul of Mayowa to rest in peace and leave the family alone. The money is theirs for keep. Leave them alone. Lazy thieves.

Accuratetravels said...

Late Mayowa's family can decide to float a foundation in memory of their departed daughter to help other cancer patients or to advance whatever other cause they fancy. This however is not obligatory. It is their choice to immortalize their lost one or to do otherwise. They can even decide to build an edifice with the money and name it Mayowa or use it to educate their family members. What happens to the outstanding of this money after Mayowa's demise should not be a cup of tea to any Nigerian. The kindhearted and good spirited Nigerians that donated this fund are not asking for refund after all. Time you lazy, busy bodies should allow the sleeping dog to lie and face your personal imbroglios.

samaila sulaiman said...

The money should be left to her family since the money is hers

ats three said...

Na wa o. See wetin money dey cause.

inumidun said...

Oga o, ds issue is rearing its head again..