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#SaveMayowa – Aramide of Lifestake Foundation shares her Side of the Story

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Aramide MayowaAramide of Lifestake Foundation has helped many Nigerians who were in dire need of funds to cover medical care.
A visit to the Foundation’s website will illustrate the work done so far by Lifestake.
BellaNaija has previously featured the foundation on our site as part of our Social Responsibility Programme which supports numerous non-profits with free media support.

With the controversy over the #SaveMayowa fundraising campaign yesterday, Aramide was one of the key people mentioned alongside Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu.

In this video posted on her Facebook page, Aramide explains what led to yesterday’s events.

Based on her explanation, it appears to be a case of miscommunication and heated reactions. She admits that perhaps the situation could have been handled better and apologizes to anyone hurt by this.

She confirms that the Nigerian Police is now handling the case.

Read the statement issued by Dolapo Badmos, spokesman of the Lagos Police Command,

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni has directed full scale investigation into the report that the *Save Mayowa Campaign* is a fraud.
Founder of Lifestake foundation Ms Aramide Kasumu and two members of the ailing Aramide Shukura Ahmed’s family, Mr Iwaloye Seun and Mrs Zaneen Ahmed were earlier today invited to the command’s headquarter on a fact-finding mission, subsequently the command have placed a red alert on the access bank account opened in the name of Mayowa as it has been frozen while effort is ongoing to contact the managers of Gofundme online account so as to ensure funds raised through that platform is not fraudulently diverted. Investigation will be extended to LUTH hospital Idi-Araba where the patient is currently undergoing treatment.
The command wishes to inform all the good spirited people who had donated generously to this course that it will ensure it does not return as a hoax and every outcome of the investigation shall be made open.
Our heart is with Mayowa at this Critical period of her life and pray she finds healing.

According to Aramide, about 80 Million Naira was raised for Mayowa in Nigeria. She calls for more transparency and accountability regarding these funds.


In the midst of all this, once again, our focus remains on Mayowa and the precarious state of the Nigerian healthcare system which is in need of major reform.

87 Comments

  1. Prince

    July 29, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    If 80million naira has already been raised what’s stopping her from travelling for treatment

    • Kili

      July 29, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Her access bank account has been flagged due to the on going investigation.

    • Sherifa

      July 29, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      VISA.

  2. A

    July 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I feel so heartbroken. I feel so so sad for Mayowa and her family. More than ever, I now see why people would rather die in silence than ask for help. Why blow this whole thing up so big? I hope Mayowa has no idea what her family is being put through… Hmmmmm. It is well

    • Ola

      July 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking. It’s not easy for people to beg and now they are being humiliated on top.

    • Mama

      July 29, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      God bless you!!!! Whoever the poster of this video is, she is a wicked person and may she not find herself in Miyowas position.

      All I see is a domineering woman who lost control of Mayowas finances and the glory of helping her.
      May you never be in a situation where the Doctor tells your loved one that there is no hope they should go home and die.

      I would do anything and would have raised any money to keep my beloved mother alive today.

  3. Noms

    July 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Its hard to see a loved one go through so much. This is solely a GOD ONLY case as it is right now. We have had cases where the patients travel and are advised to go to their home country “to die”. This is just being factual . Flying doctors and the hospitals claiming to manage her will be only collect their share of the money raised. Her case is too complicated for medicine..do you know what chemotherapy does to the body?
    I am human and this case has been over flogged…the money raised should be used to pay back those family members who have spent or borrowed in the cause of the treatment and she should be give palliative care and allow God do what he only can do ” is there anything too difficult for me to do?” thus saith the Lord.
    Other patients should be supported with whatever is left at the end of the day.
    This whole saaga shows how united we can be even in this hardship…btw, I made a donation towards this cause.
    IBELIEVEINMIRACLES.

    • Rem

      July 30, 2016 at 11:35 am

      You sound like an idiot who speaks without thinking. May you never find a family member in this situation. And i hope that if you are on that situation you will actually go through any lengths to fight for their life and not go home and wait to die. You have no opinion on the matter and have no right to speak, and I am also sure that you didn’t contribute a kobo either. People who donated are hopeful, optimistic, and represent the best side of Nigeria. you on the other hand represent everything wrong with this country.

  4. Olajumoke

    July 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Why is nobody mention this reddington hospital that the family had gotten the initial report and the diagnoses

    • Nene

      July 30, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Rubbish hospital. Big for nothing

  5. B

    July 29, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I feel some people were angry and bitter that she was able to raise such amount of money within a short period of time. They may likely want a share of the money. The fact still remains Mayowa is sick and getting her out of the for treatment should be a priority now. Shame to those shouting Scam and yet did not donate. May we never be down with sickness that will cause us to ask the public for money, Amen.

    • Damilola

      July 29, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Shame on people who think how dare they get questioned. So, you are too high to get questioned now. Who are you? You are not God. When people get angry when questioned, it’s pride and ego.
      All the family has to do is prove people wrong and stay focused on their goal. If you are doing the right thing, there shouldn’t be any problem at all. Also, this family will have it at the back of their mind to do the right thing at this delicate time. Nothing absolutely wrong with questioning. It calls for more accountability, structure and transparency.
      Linda does sensationalism journalism. Her accusation got people talking, brought more awareness to ovarian cancer, the treatment, other medical complication, etc. The detailed information of The lady’s medical journey brought better understanding and even more empathy.

      People are angry for raising so much in a short time and wants a share? Senseless statement. So, Linda ikeji is angry bcos she wants a share out of a donation.

    • NaijaPikin

      July 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      So you call this being questioned. A family is dealing with the possibility of losing a family member and you think this is the best way for them to be questioned. Aramide and co could not ask the questions without jumping all over social media?

      All I see is a family that clearly think this money would have been raised this quickly. I still don’t know what part they are claiming is a scam.

      1. Family was upfront in the beginning that it was stage IV. They never lied about that.
      2. Initially wanted to do atl, everyone has confirmed she’s weak, so it makes perfect sense for them to change to Dubai which is shorter distance.
      3. I can imagine they are getting information left, right and center and making last minute decisions based on that. They are not an organization that has a PR person on deck to communicate to the public every second they change plans.

      This is a crisis. Ask yourself in a time of crisis are you truly going to be focused on updating people every second or on finding solutions for your loved one?

      How can you tell a family to give up hope on their loved one? I have had multiple friends who have lost family members to cancer. In ALL cases the naija hospitals always said patient was to weak to travel. In all cases the patients still travelled. In all cases the families still spent all they could in time, money and energy until the last breath. Perhaps the people crying wolf don’t know anyone who has had a terminal illness. Nothing they are doing is out of the norm. In fact if there was a script to follow, i’ll say they are following it well.

      So this Aramide now wants us to believe she loves Aramide more than her family abi. She carried the family back to LUTH and made the family cough out another 500k. Now money has been handed to the police abi? the biggest gang of thieves in Nigeria, And she thinks that’s more credible.

      This is why people will rather die than beg for help. Nigerians will help you and want to own your entire life

    • Someonecute

      July 29, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Correct me if I’m wrong, This is the way I see it, Aramide has a foundation that helps people raise funds for a good cause, she carried the girl to LUTH but she is outraged that her foundation was not involved in this fundraising officially, the brother clearly stated in another interview that so many foundations have come to meet them,, and that comes with a fee, a cut or percentage. They were hesitant to accept any of them. As God will have it, they single-handedly raised so much within days without the help of any Foundation, that’s the power of social media, Aunty Aramide believes if this had gone through her foundation, it will help her brand. Aramide has good intentions but this family just doesn’t want anybody to touch Mayowa’s money.

    • Damilola

      July 29, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      @naijapikin.
      You are on a different rant that’s not relevant to my point. I’m not questioning their dedication and hope for Mayowa. Neither am I questioning whether she has cancer or not. Their continuous fight, hope, not giving up is expected of family, that’s what we do for our loved ones regardless of the truth. And it has nothing to do with it’s because I don’t have close ones who are suffering from terminal illness. My grandmother died of skin cancer. One of my aunts is currently suffering from lymphoma. She’s stage 3, and receiving chemotherapy in Massachusetts. After 3 sessions of chemo, her body became weaker than ever and her doctors told us she definitely can’t go further with the remaining 9. She also has lung problem and fibroids. We all had to be realistic.

      My point is, when the public is involved on a large scale such as this, it’s inevitable not to question the authenticity. There’s been several cases of donations of even cancer treatment where it was staged or the money was mismanaged.
      Claiming a scam is basically questioning if the money raised is used appropriately and for the right purpose. This is my opinion, you either take it or leave. It’s not by force. I believe, it’s not just nigerian hospital/doctors who are not equipped enough. Her condition is very advanced and at stage 4 where it’s spread around, other complicated health issues there’s a high possibility that traveling abroad won’t make much difference to improve her medical condition. But it’s better to try than give up.

    • NaijaPikin

      July 29, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Damilola and it is ok to question. What Toyin and Aramide did was not question out of concern. it was more like i’ll [email protected]#$ you up because you don’t want to do things my way.

      They didn’t carry out any investigation, they didn’t have concrete evidence of fraud, but they ran to social media to shout scam scam scam. You mean to tell me they couldn’t handle a discrete investigation and only come out when they had real evidence of fraud? They definitely didn’t have Mayowa’s best interest at heart. Imagine the added stress this has put on her.

      Sorry to hear about your aunt. And I will say you guys are pretty strong for taking a realistic approach. A lot of people aren’t that realistic, but we can’t fault them for hoping. Look at all the Nigerians that run from church to mosque to babalawo looking for a solution. any solution. it just shows you most people typically cling to hope. It doesn’t make them deceptive.

    • Tola

      July 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      @Damilola, I think you are the one on a different rant. I had to read B’s comment twice to see where she mentioned Linda’s name. The world does not revolve around Linda. I do believe there should be accountability and transparency towards how the money is spent. It may be true aramide drove her to the hospital, but did she spearhead the social media campaign?, No. So why should they be accountable to her?. Even when the story came online, neither her name nor are foundation was associated with it. It was only Toyin’s name I saw. Mayowa’s family should not be allowed to have 100% control over that money since the public do not trust them again, every penny should be accounted for.

    • Damilola

      July 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      @Tola
      Do yourself favor, before you jump into a dialogue and try to correct, know what you are talking about first.
      LInda, Toyin’s name is thrown into this topic. Then in B’s comment she said “shame on those shouting scam”. Who blogged about this whole situation being an allege scam? Linda ikeji. Her blog post is also what blew this whole thing up.

    • Damilola

      July 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      @naijapikin
      Hmmm, I see everyone is high on emotions which is understanding. But, it sounds like you have your own interpretation/translation in your head. Your reference to Nigerians wanting to get help by all means doesn’t make any sense at all bcos that’s what humans should do, will do and nobody said it’s wrong. And nobody is implying that part of human nature within us is deceptive. The money aspect, what will be done with it is what is questioned here.

      Whether it’s out of real concern or not, mentioning fraud/scam is not so out of line at all. Considering the many fraudulent activities/donations out there. Just think of the many donations in your face to help the poor, needy and give to people who went through natural disaster. You don’t know which is real or fake anymore. There’s no access to confirm most times. Some give regardless while others just assume all is fake especially when it’s someone you don’t have access to closely to confirm. The family proved it’s real and guess what they were able to raise the money and she will be able to be flown abroad which is the most important part. And God will perform HIS power from here. And for those who doubted will be proven wrong. Life is that simple.

      In addition, my mention of “we had to be realistic” is not a matter of less compassionate, insensitive, stronger or weaker. We are naturally emotional beings on general and if we don’t apply logic, reason sometimes we will be inoperative hotmess.

  6. B

    July 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    *country

  7. rain

    July 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    The brothers are not straight forward .I feel for Mayowa and i wish her healing in Jesus Name. The Brothers are creating all these mess in their greed

  8. Beard gang

    July 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    imagine been very ill and called a swindler? Life! Mayowa i really hope you are able to pull through and i pray God gives you the fortitude and dignity to fight this. God bless your family and the generous donors.

  9. lily

    July 29, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    What I think is this. The family should have put people in the loop, especially the lifestake people and Toyin Aimakhu. People can’t render help then you treat them like trash and not expect them to raise eyebrows. Simple as that. I mean someone drove your daughter/sister in her car, to the hospital and you are saying you don’t know her. I really feel bad for Mayowa because every second counts. One day may just be enough to save her life but with this ‘ongoing investigation’, when will the poor girl travel. I also understand that Doctors in Lagos said there was no point but her family isn’t giving up hope and that is what everyone wants from their loved ones at every point in life. I wish you well Mayowa!!!

    • Random

      July 30, 2016 at 2:54 am

      It’s not about people or their egos but about Mayowa. The problem is that this has been handled in a way that it has been made about the donors at the expense of Mayowa’s dignity and that’s a shame.
      .

  10. Mr. Egghead

    July 29, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    ? And yet, I thought it was just 32 million that was raised. There was some smoke to Linda’s fire. It is always good to hear the two sides of a tale

    There was no ‘SCAM’ but Mayowa’s family are acting shady AF. They are just using the poor girl to play koso.
    After collecting over 80 million naira from the public, you can’t afford not to be transparent. Every bloody detail must be known, every itty-bitty detail should be scrutinized by all interested parties.

    The police has frozen the account where the money was deposited. Sad stuff. By the time they finish investigation ‘in naija style’, who knows what would have happened?

    At the back of my mind sha, I still believe the focus should be on enhancing the quality of life Mayowa still has left in her instead of dragging her upandan like a ragdoll

    • Angry Much

      July 29, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      what rubbish are you spewing, have they even touched the money, it’s not even a week yet!
      This Aramide person is a spiteful “do-gooder” she’s still insisting on accountability even after the family released the video. All these so called rich/celebs in Nigeria are so greedy and money hungry, it is the amount raised that’s their problem, I’m sure she wants her foundation to take credit that’s why she’s doing all this, It’s not your money so sit your freaking ass down and let this sick girl/family be!

    • mie

      July 30, 2016 at 12:53 am

      no one has actually come out to give an official figure have they? donations were still coming in before this whole brouhaha started i believe. so i don’t know where Aramide got her 80-something figure from, or who exactly came out to say “only” 32m had been raised.

  11. Sunshine

    July 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    What saddens me the most is that this poor woman’s terminal condition has been hijacked by so many people for the advancement of thier careers. May God have mercy on Mayowa’s soul and forgive us all for our words and actions on this matter.

  12. AANUOLUWAPO OYEDELE

    July 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    They should do the investigation ASAP so she could travel for the said treatment naw

    moplenty.wordpress.com

  13. Idealist

    July 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    This also sheds light on how little the government is doing to protect the health of Nigerin citizens. No civilian should deal with this on their own. Where is the ministry of health? Doesn’t Nigeria have an allocated budgeted amount, I assume billions to fix the health system? We need a public health intervention in this our country.

  14. Hanee

    July 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I still blamed Mayowa’s family for all this, you don’t expect people to to go through all that and make donations for your sister and not involving them in whatever the plan is. The cousin even claimed they didn’t know when it came online? Is he trying to say they don’t have family or friends on social networks? I don’t know Aramide personally but this is not the first time she’s raising funds for people. Their was a time I donated and the boy died, I got an email if I want refund back. I guess nobody responded she had to put it on Facebook what she should do with the money. Most people agreed that she should used the money to treat another patient. This lady posted every details with receipts.
    My prayers go to Mayowa. I hope she will live to give testimonies.

  15. Juliet

    July 29, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Aramide you are an attention seeker. All is a joke to you, Your posts on instagram prove that. Saying ‘why am I not in this video?’ You and Toyin are spiteful beings.

    • lily

      July 29, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      I actually don’t think so of Toyin. Despite her very dramatic side, she strikes me as very passionate and compassionate. Did she take it too far? Yes, but anyone in her shoes would have felt something was fishy.

    • labonita

      July 29, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      How? Dnt get you, I totally disagree!

    • Omooba

      July 29, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Aramide Ramotalahi Kasumu
      9 hrs ·
      Now I understand why all the love/hate messages,I just for the first time saw the headline on Linda’s blog,and all I can say is hmmmmm
      If I was you I would hate me too..

    • Omooba

      July 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      I saw this on her facebook page.

  16. Not necessary

    July 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Aramide you have forgotten to tell the public that the reason why you are cryin foul is because the family refused to open an account in lifestake foundation’s name. You do this for your own gain, if not why are you so pained? Are you the only NGO or fundraiser in Nigeria. As for Toyin, she obviously did this for the attention. A closer look at the previous videos and you can easily see all the drama on display. You ladies are evil. I hope you are happy that the care has been stalled by your actions. What will your apology do? Heal Mayowa Abi? Correct thunder is waiting for you, Toyin and Madam Linda who believes she is untouchable. Evil people everywhere!

  17. Olamikuye

    July 29, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    May God forgive every1 including me….d family denying aiyamaku and ara mide is d major problem….knowing that they were the one that headed the whole campaign. …..y would u tell toyin not to be allowed to see mayowa after u have raised d cash…..can d so called elder brother Ahmed speak ..They refuse to get back to d public and pple kept on asking toyin for feedback cos na she lead the campaign. …..can nigerians pls try to be as transparent as possible……y ask for money publicly then u suddenly decide to go private …..If not bcos of d scam saga nobody will know y dey choose dubai……now we all know….bur communication is key…dats y toyin had to shout cos na she everybody dey call for feedback…..not nice….dear lord….do that which only u can do concerning mayowa, s heath…..to our dear police force …..pls hurry oooooooo……b4 d purpose of this whole thing will be defeated. ………..God help us all……I believe in miracle

  18. its_urgirlie

    July 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Never wanted to comment on this issue. but lemme say it right here, TRANSPARENCY is what people are asking for. how could they estimate the amount of money needed for the treatments if there was no concrete arrangements of her traveling abroad already? Okay that apart, as the funds were rising why didn’t they start immediately the process of transferring the ailing individual and also give accounts for the money being used?? If they deemed it necessary to go public with the fund raising, why didn’t they go public with the after-plans??? Okay even after the target was reached, why didn’t they Start immediately??? They waited until they labelled them scammers before they could try to get a Visa??? I don’t support calling them scammers anyway but an adage in my language says when an owl perches on your roof at night and starts hooting, it is automatically labelled as evil.

    • Katrina

      July 29, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      So you think, at that point, what is uppermost in their mind, is accountability to the public? Why do people talk as if they’ve never been in some bad situations before.

    • Dave

      July 29, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Sir/Madame ,

      They raised the said money in less than 3 days ,they have shared all major correspondences they had with hospitals and they have even pledged to have a trustee handle the said funds what else do you want them to do ?? .

    • Wendy

      July 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      My thoughts too….
      I just feel so sorry for the sick girl.
      The family has not been straight forward handling this. From Emory Hospital in the US, the story changed to Dubai. And to think of it, there’s no referral for her transfer yet, neither does she even have the visa to get her out of the country.
      I read the report from LUTH on this whole saga, as confused and stressed the family may be, they didn’t try enough.
      I just feel so sorry for Toyin who allowed emotions to cloud her from doing her due diligence……but seeing the conduction of Mayowa, who would have had the mind of questioning and digging to know if the fundraising process was genuine?
      May God’s will be done in the life of the sick.

  19. aferall..

    July 29, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    the brothers were shady, and they wanted to make money..its because this case is blown out, that’s why the brother recorded that video. why dint they carry aramide along, the person who came to pick her at home…abeg the family was going to make money over her. shame on family members attimes. God give mayowa peace

    • Mama

      July 30, 2016 at 1:58 am

      That may be possible but does it make the entire affair a scam? If it doesn’t why label it ss such? Me thinks SCAM is too strong a word to use for an ‘alleged intended misappropriation’.

  20. this is for juliet

    July 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    @Juliet, you have to drop this bitter behavior of yours, else it will drive you to where you do not like..so aramide and toyin are the bad ones now, those that stood for her and helped her to raise awareness for funds…you people should be objective…even when the facts are stariing at your face, you still want to believe what you want to believe. if you don’t have what to say, its better you shut it.

  21. Baby gurl

    July 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    There is NO smoke without fire. I repeat there is NO smoke without fire. I have not commented on this issue on BN or LIB since the very beginning. Her family changed from America to Abu Dhabi in a snap of a finger? Her family refused Toyin (my sweety FYI) and Aramide entry after the money was raised? Why did they say she was leaving at 6:00pm when there was no visa. This whole thing is just damage control by the family. I don’t know my dear Nigerians to be this gullible. Nothing is adding up. Of course she is sick and I feel so so bad for her but no, Mayowa’s family did this in blindness knowing that nothing could be done again. This may seem harsh coming from me but it’s the plain truth. This was a semi-scam. Mayowa is innocent, her family is guilty. May God keep her and heal her and bless her until her glorious end IJN Amen. God bless Aramide and Toyin, God bless Nigerians.

  22. Cindy

    July 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t know why people are demonizing Toyin because she wanted to escort Mayowa for her treatment. I mean, she’s not going there for vacation na. She spearheaded the whole campaign and I’m sure people have been asking her for feedback. There is not wrong in questioning the family’s motives. We demand transparency from the government yet were questioning why people are doing so in this case. Don’t forget that a lot of people donated in good faith. They’d want to be assured that their money is spent on what it is meant for. People ate touchy with the subject of money n this present day Nigeria. The family should have been transparent from the onset. No one is talking about the reddington hospital issh still. As for Aramide foundation, there’s nothing wrong with them tagging along. Do people think foundations run on water? There something called daily cost and it is got from the donations. And the foundation is aware that there’s more than enough money to cover that cost. Granted, the family didn’t approach the foundation themselves but they can’t deny that they got that much attention and donation through the foundation’s help and Toyin’s. I really don’t like how the family handled this. I’m guessing they don’t know how these things run that’s why they thought these people just wanted to get a cut. There’s clearly a misunderstanding somewhere. After all is said and done, Mayowa is the victim here and I hope she gets all the help she needs. And IMO, the family should donate whatever is left after her treatment. One good turn deserves another.

    • Naijatalk

      July 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Even gofundme charges a certain percentage of funds raised on their platform.
      I do wonder though why people are labeling Aramide and co as evil. What evil has Aramide done when according to this video she drove Mayowa to the hospital.
      Nigerians need to quit this habit of demonizing and vilifying people just because they are not used to a culture of transparency. Don’t make it difficult for others to receive help. More importantly, channel your anger to the ones who have failed the people and caused instances like this to be the norm.

  23. Naijatalk

    July 29, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Typical Nigerian fashion, a delicate issue escalated in a very crass manner. For all the insults they got, Linda Ikeji, Aramide, and Toyin have actually helped Mayowa by ensuring that the funds raised are channeled properly.
    However, when and how can we as a people demand better of our health sector. I read on another post that government is prioritizing on Agriculture to provide jobs and food, but Jesus have mercy people are dying. The pain people have shared about losing their loved ones so carelessly is staggering.
    This is as much an emergency to me.
    I pray all is well with Mayowa.

  24. Corolla

    July 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    This is sad! I feel bad for Mayowa Ahmed in all of this. From the family, to Aramide and Toyin, something is not adding up. Toyin stated that the medical report was fake. Has it been prooved that it was falsified? Also Toyin said that Mayowa’s family only took her to LUTH a day before she met her as a ploy to garner sympathy, and now Aramide is saying she is the one who insisted that Mayowa go to the hospital, as she had no business looking frail and sick at home.

    At the end of the day, we have a failed medical system. No world class hospital in a country that is labeled Giant of Africa? We are in trouble! Our government and politicians gamble with our lives, and we in turn “ooh” and “aah” at their wealth, and the lavish parties/weddings they throw that blogs rub in our faces?! When you comment about these political thieves and their kids, people call you a hater, but when you don’t seek accountability from public officers this is what happens.

    God please, be with Mayowa and help her get through this sickness and ridicule.

  25. Eme

    July 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    This is exactly why I rarely contribute to public fundraisers. This entire saga is sickening, disgusting and ultimately heartbreaking because someone’s life is at stake. That old saying really is true: when people show you who they are, believe them. Mayowa’s brothers obviously wanted to pull a fast one on the public. And if Linda Ikeji hadn’t raised an alarm – sensational as it was – they would have succeeded. They felt they could pull off that infamous Nigerian trick of eschewing accountability and transparency with public funds.

    They raised N85 million from well-meaning Nigerians in this ‘technical’ recession, and then said they had raised N32 million. They said they were taking Mayowa to the States, and then suddenly turned around and said they were taking her to UAE, If it looks like a scam and smells like a scam, it is a scam. We need to do better in this country. Dishonesty shouldn’t be regarded as normal.

    God be with you, Mayowa. You need him more than ever, especially with these brothers of yours.

    • Dave

      July 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      . @eme “They said” , “they said” …. when you start making conclusions from what people say there is a chance that conclusion might be unfair to some parties. In this kind of sensitive situation , its best to only make judgement when you have undeniable facts. For example when you open a gofund me page, you set a target , in this case the target was 100,000 dollars , this does not mean that donations cannot exceed 100,000 dollars , how are we sure that is not where the misconceptions are coming from ?? 100,000 dollas equals to 32 million naira I suppose , aramide claims the family publicly said they rasied 32 million naira , please through what means did they relay that information ?? Aramide said she spoke to a doctor at luth and she was told her condition cannot be treated , some other sources have quoted the management of luth denying they ever said the patients case couldnt be treated. So please we need to be careful

    • Lola

      July 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

      I want to like your comments 50 times. Some family and greed,they take advantage of one’s predicament for their selfish gaiñ. My mum had stage 3 cancer .treated at luth….now liver cancer because the stage 3 ovarian cancer spread to the lungs, we didnt give up on her but we sort treatment for her at luth and ayinke house, she is getting better by His grace but her situation made me know my family more in ways i couldnt imagine and the greed in man. I wish mayowa quick recovery but the fault was and still lies with her greedy folks

  26. Meg

    July 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Like I said yesterday, with the video of Aramide. it just shows, things were really out of place. as at yesterday, they said she was suppose to fly by 6pm, without a visa?. When the campaign started, I thought she already had all her papers ready it was just the cash holding her. hhhmmm, wonders shall never end. She is getting weaker, and with this investigation, only God knows. We would keep praying for you dear.

  27. FinchleysFinest

    July 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks Aramide…

    • Mama

      July 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Ode

  28. Ayodele

    July 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I don’t really see anything wrong with what toyin did, I really feel sorry for mayowa because so obvious her family members are not being straight forward. You guys need to watch the video on ynaija then you will really understand where toyin and aramide is coming from. Let’s pray for God’s healing for mayowa she needs a miracle

  29. OA

    July 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I hadn’t even seen this picture when I overheard my nieces gisting about it in Lagos on Tuesday evening. All they said was that she was really skinny and looked very sick with a stage 4 diagnosis. The first thing out of my mouth was no hospital in America that follows proper ethical procedure would treat anyone or perform any operation on a patient that looked sickly according to the description my nieces gave. As far as I was concerned, and with the little information I had, and now after looking at the pictures, palliative care is about her only recourse right now. As someone stated above, God is still in the business of working miracles and nothing is too difficult for Him. But no one should be thinking about any type of chemo or alternative treatment right now. She just needs to be made comfortable. People who never get to this stage sef are not candidates for any type of treatment.

    If money can be raised so quickly for one person, perhaps we can all chip in and set up funds for the less fortunate since the government has refused to provide free healthcare for its citizens. I am impressed at the rate at which this amount of money was donated. The problem is if we contribute, will the money make it towards the right cause and not be diverted? Lord help us in Nigeria – damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

    • mie

      July 30, 2016 at 1:17 am

      apparently all this was written on the documents shared on gofundme. so my guess is they wanted a second opinion from outside the country… we all know or have heard of how nigerian hospitals misdiagnose and kill people. they probably just had hope. although it might not be the case for the ahmeds as only time would tell, but i’ve been in a similar situation where my aunt was “diagnosed” here in Nig by a supposed reputable hospital to be in advanced stages of cancer. thank God for God her kids were able to fly her out with an air ambulance to the US where it was discovered that she had been mishandled, misdiagnosed and mistreated. she’s still alive today hmmm.
      so far, what me i see is no scam from the family, just misunderstanding and people jumping to conclusions without proper investigation and making up different versions of course distorting the whole story. they have been open on their part about everything. it’s the people that publicised the story that misconstrued it, then most of us didnt properly go through the information they provided initially.

  30. Tayo O

    July 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    After this saga no celebrity will be willing to stake his/her name or reputation for any fundraising cause. look at how they have dragged those involved and their names in mud . smh .

  31. Tabitha

    July 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This is not the way out of this Aramide.
    Your line of work involves compassion and level headedness.
    Unfortunately, you seem to lack the latter.
    Looking at the videos you posted with you using words like “gist” it seems this is all fun to you.
    So Toyin said scam (because she felt slighted by the family) and you just went ahead and ran with it.
    Forgetting that there is a human life involved.
    Why not give it another day or two to see how it would play out?
    No, you had to start doing videos and posting them just because you can.
    Personally, I don’t think you should be running a foundation, perhaps you can learn a thing or two from other people behind the non profits in Nigeria, who no one knows about, but their impact is felt.
    I hope you can come out of this, perhaps the first step is a proper apology to Mayowa who in the long run is the victim of all this drama.

    • NaijaPikin

      July 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thank you oh. I personally will never donate to Aramide’s foundation or watch any Toyin movie. Just like I stopped going to LIB a few year back. I’m only 1 person I know.

    • Forbisi

      July 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      My dear, u are not only one person o. I stopped going to Linda’s blog like 4 years ago, I used to be an ardent follower, but since then, there is no going back. I know my singular action isn’t making her any poorer, but it starts somewhere. I will also never donate to aramide’s foundation, in this case, she may not be interested in the money, but she is trying to seek glory for herself. And about Toyin, lol at u will not watch any Toyin movie. I will watch, but will not use my money to buy, not like I have before anyway. She’s kind hearted but was also trying to seek media attention and glory out of the situation. Tho the family was wrong to shut her out, but what biz does she have saying she wants to follow the girl abroad if not for her own selfish interest.

  32. Katrina

    July 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    My dear, quit judging people. it is never easy to manage a terminally ill person. Nigerians have contributed towards the treatment of others before, nobody has ever asked how such monies were spent. Why is Mayowa’s own different? I can bet that most of the givers dont care about the money, they just want the poor girl to get better.

  33. Timmy Tim

    July 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Nigerians! they can never do anything right.

  34. Confuzzled

    July 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    1. Linda Ikeji, BN, etc are the actual reasons why this campaign was able to raise so much in a short time. They provided publicity on a grand scale. Don’t demonize them when they want to be sure things are done properly.

    2. Many people (myself included) will be less willing to donate to causes if the right amount of communication and transparency is not given to these matters. I work too hard for my money to waste it on scams. If they aren’t scammers then they have to communicate better moving forward. Its quite simple. And if they were caught mid-scam they still have a chance to make things right.

    3. Making a cut from donations is standard practice in the NGO world. How do you think they pay staff and cover overhead? No one works for free. Unless they were asking for an obscene amount, I don’t think Lifestake should be criticized for seeking a cut.

    4. Nigerians, my people my people. We need to seek transparency in all things. We have a bad reputation globally because we are highly opaque. When people speak for transparency, let’s support them. It benefits us all.

  35. nwanyi na aga aga

    July 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I agree with you Tabitha. Aramide should not be running any kind of foundation. She lacks sympathy. I did the analysis of their ynaija audio but Bn did not post it. Bn hope you will post this one.
    Toyin 1st claimed that she met the doctor in Luth and the doctor told her that they didn’t know anything about the medical report that Mayowa’s family sent out @ 3:20. The Ynaija guy then asked her “but they were treating her now?” Toyin replied that they ( mayowa’s family) had come up with the plan and moved her to luth so that it will look like its real 3:42mins. This is different from what Aramide of Life stake (who I need to mention was with Toyin at the time of this interview) said that she was the one that took them to Luth, that they were at home 7:08 – 8:23 mins. Aramide also claimed that they sent her the whole medical reports she reviewed and saw Mayowa was terminal and could not be helped yet after knowing she was terminal she still arranged for the patient to be taken to Luth. Now Aramide who has an extensive knowledge of Mayowa’s situation based on what the doctors had told her when she had arranged for them to be brought to Luth still went ahead and stuck with the donation, publicity and visiting the hospital. it begs the question what is Aramide hanging around for if she expressly believed the patient is beyond help? Aramide claimed that the family had not paid for the letter of invitation,visa or flight tickets. This triggers another question , was the family not soliciting the funds to pay all these bills? If they had the money will they not have paid for it all without involving the public? Or were they supposed to be withdrawing from the money and settling the bills as Nigerians donate? Or is Aramide desperate to accuse the family of something before they accuse her?
    Now go back to 4:41 – 44 mins the Ynaija guy was asking Toyin constantly if all her(Mayowa) friends who were tweeting and retweeting this were in on the scam, Toyin replied in defense :All these questions that you are asking me how will I know?” Yet Toyin claimed that she was at the forefront of the fund raising and had contacted a lot of people. Now since Toyin claimed that she brought the a lot of huge donors eg E-money etc why is she defensive when asked if others were in on the scam? This should be a question she can ans with ease and affirmation no grey areas here. So it tugs ones heart why is Toyin defensive?is she afraid that if the Ynaija guy continues with this line of query the ans will implicate her or someone that she knows A.KA Aramide?
    She then went on to say 4:42mins that the nurses and doctors will not tell you anything about someone’s medical condition. Now compare this with her first statement that the doctor told her that the doctor’s report was fake. I would have loved Toyin to mention the name of the doctor in Luth that told her the report was fake, cos in public hospitals the doctors will not even tell you the diagnosis of a patient except you are listed as their next of kin/emergency contact even if you are family ( ie daughter, mother, father , sister, brother) not to talk of a random strange person. They only talk to you if the patient is present and consents that they want you to hear.
    My conclusion in this matter is that Toyin and Aramide were quick to accuse this family of scam, too quick and their stories are irreconcilable . It leaves a nagging question in one’s mind. Toyin and Aramide what really happened?
    Now an accusation from the family surfaces that Aramide wanted the money to be routed through her foundation, then it kind of came together a bit. that explains Mayowa’s brother calling Toyin a beggar. because unless the Ahmed is retarded which he is not, Why on earth will of all insults to use on Toyin who is a celebrity and supposedly rich, why a “beggar” What did they imagine Toyin was begging them for when in this whole story they are the one soliciting for help? That explains them trying to clear the ward because they had feelings someone wanted to scam them. If they planned a scam involving the governor’s wife will not scare them because Mayowa will still be flown to a hospital and if anything happens to her, whoever her next of kin is will still inherit the money. so the more money the better.
    My dear Nigerians please let this saga not deter you from helping anytime help is called for. Your reward can only be from God. Bellanaija thank you for a positive reporting, As for Suliat kan of Banana Island she will get what she deserves in due time. Its a matter of time. We will all be here! Dear Lord heal Mayowa and let all these be a story when she finally recovers.

    • mie

      July 30, 2016 at 12:57 am

      your analysis is uhm, “different”. just wanted to point out that no one actually called Toyin a beggar. I think at that point in the voice note/interview, Aramide added that bit,Toyin repeated it then said no o and Aramide chuckled and said she was just adding her own…

  36. Aa

    July 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Wait, are you guys actually giving credence to that Toyin and Aramide, who have at this point almost derailed the process to save Mayowa’s life….because they (healthy, abled beings) feel pained?

    They and anyone that supports this are the absolute scum of the earth- if this what it means to be Nigerian, I don’t want any part of it!

    • Naijatalk

      July 29, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Good riddance then. You are the type that will embezzle public funds.

  37. cocopops

    July 29, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Aramide just shut up!

  38. Peaches77

    July 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Common people, we need to do better than this. Why are you so angry that the Ahmed’s family are being asked to be accountable? Isn’t this the very thing we expect from our public office holders entrusted with public goods and will?
    Please while it is natural to be sympathetic, we must not mix that with the business of managing the “80 million” not “32 million” raised. It’s okay to be sympathetic while keeping your eyes opened. Both aren’t mutually exclusive. I have had 3 cancer deaths ( horrible experiences) in my family yet alarm bells went off in my head after I heard both sides of the story.
    Hopefully, these events have forced this case to be more open and transparent.

    • NaijaPikin

      July 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      They were not being asked to be accountable, they were being accused of fraud. Infact they were accused and tried in the court of public opinion of fraud with no concrete basis because people were pained

  39. Dr Bello Onasaga

    July 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Mayowa doesnt deserve all this stress. What do you think will happen if she got wind of the saga? Too bad. Can Nigeria Police complete investigation without some funny drama? Have they ever investigate for free. Bail is FREE but have they ever released anybody on bail for FREE. Unfair to Mayowa

  40. teepees

    July 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    This is absolutely stupid. A family is dealing with the possibility of loosing a loved one and we are here talking about fraud??? ToriOlorun what is this world turning to? So if it is fraud? Have you thought about the probability of it not being fraud and the effects our actions can take in stalling what the family thinks’ could help her? You donate, God bless you. Keep it moving. Do you go about seeking what your offering in church is being used for? If the family chooses to fight till the end allow them. You chose to help allow this family the choice to fight till the end without having to deal with the shenanigans and the distraction the media is bringing along with their probes.

    • Naijatalk

      July 29, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      You should actually demand to know what church offering is used for honey. The Bible is explicit on how offerings should be handled.
      Hian! This is the mindset killing Nigerian churches. Please do not enable pastors to mismanage funds bikonu. Transparency is key, God permits it.

  41. mo

    July 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Those who are against aramide/Toyin really need to drop the sentiments. I consider it a crime to get people involved in your cause and be ungrateful afterwards. When the public and media are involved transparency is key especially where funding is involved… You don’t expect people to go all out for you and you start concealing important details e.g total money raised. Citizens of Nigeria complain about the Government and its accountability… But guess what it begins with you and I…. The characters involved in this situation are adults who should do what is right… Be accountable… be transparent…

  42. Ladun

    July 29, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    God pls heal mayowa even without the funds. Amen

  43. Xman

    July 29, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I think everybody involved should know we are talking about human life here. This lady needs urgent medical care. The family and all those affiliated to this course should know we are talking about human life and action should be taken quickly to resusiciate her well being. God help mayowa

  44. Yemi

    July 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I genuinely believe Mayowa’s brothers were stopped mid-scam. That is my opinion. How can you seek public funds and not expect transparency? Why so ride to Aramide and Toyin? I’m glad they cried out because that has forced accountability now. Where were they taking Mayowa to in such a hurry? To the extent that LUTH had to insist on giving her 2 pints of blood before they can do so. Why being secretive and evasive about the next line of action? Why lie that it’s 32 million naira Nigerians contributed, when it was actually 85 million naira?
    My people, I put it to you that the brother after seeing the money, became greedy to the detriment of their sister, this my humble opinion.

  45. mie

    July 29, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    where did she get her own N80m figure from?

  46. Eyes

    July 30, 2016 at 6:43 am

    NIGERIAN POLICE???? And Money????? THE END!!!!

  47. Afooo

    July 30, 2016 at 6:56 am

    I really don’t know why Aramide & Toyin cried foul WITHOUT and substantive investigation.

    I heard she asked for a cut and there was reluctance and that was how trouble started.
    She also wanted the funds to go through her NGO.
    She had better learn how to deal with people more with compassion.
    You can’t run an NGO and put yourself on same level with Toyin.

    As for Toyin, we know her already, I was NOT disappointed a bit.

    The Linda that was quick to post it, does she EVER confirm anything in her life before posting?
    A life is involved here.
    They all have succeeded in adding more to Mayowa’s predicament.
    A sick person and her family’s name have been smeared (this was avoidable).

    Mayowa had tagged Linda long time ago but she didn’t deem it fit to post it on LIB.
    When Nigerians showed their compassion, she then tagged along.
    On hearing the suspicion, she NEVER confirmed anything, yet was the first to post it.

    Hmmmmm, Toyin, she was quick to call the police for what? Because family members instructed that she shouldn’t be allowed & saw that she won’t get her 5 mins fame.

    The family have been spending money prior to the #GoFundMe and fact that Nigerians donated for her isn’t a license that she must lose her privacy.
    I saw the first set of videos and I was like, is it because of fame or just to show off that they are exposing her habitus just to show the world that they visited?

    Addendum: it was Mayowa that set up the #GoFundMe herself NOT her siblings.
    So I don’t get it when people said it was a scam by her family. Would she have set up the funds so that her family can use it after her death? VERY UNLIKELY,
    What did Mayowa do wrong?
    She just wanted to get better.
    Her family have spent over 10 Million before the contributions started trickling in.

    Irrespective of the stage, if the funds can keep her alive for any period of time, the family would have at least known that they made effort rather than leave her to die because it was said to be stage 4. There are experimental treatments that can keep her a little longer.

    Just give it a thought, leaving her to rot at home till death or extending the quality of her life for another 3-6 months? That will make a lot to her & her family.
    No amount can bring anyone back but that would have been money well-spent.

    I wish she will get well to tell her story to Nigerians so that it would at least show many that it ain’t a scam.

    NB: my spouse is a close family friend and I am privy to some info.

  48. Lola

    July 30, 2016 at 7:12 am

    God help mayowa

  49. Elsie

    July 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’m usually not one to comment on a public forum. I’ll just give an example of what happened. I’m not trying to exonerate any of the parties involved. I’m meeting you for the first time and you need transport fare back home to lokoja; you’ve gotten N2,000 already but the fare is N10,000. looking at your pitiful face I go ahead to give the remaining N8k borrowing and all sorts.
    At the end of the day I meet you in Ibadan of which transport fare is less than N1k5. You tell me Lokoja is too far for now but you’ll be staying with relatives in Ibadan. I’ll definitely feel I was scammed. That’s the summary of what the family did. You in felt she was used as she spearheaded the campaign. Linda got a breaking news.

  50. Toks

    July 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    First of all, you cannot blame Mayowa’s family for “not being transparent”. When people were donating, they donated out of care and empathy not looking for any form of accountability. Now everyone is shouting transparency blah blah because Linda called it scam.
    Also know that Before Toyin visited her and did a video, there was already a social media campaign which Mayowa’s started herself. Many people donated before Toyin did video, so what gives her a right to be offended because she helped ask for funds. Have you seen how many people reposted Mayowa’s first video? How many of them asked to be kept in the loop. Many people reposted on their IG pages before her so what right does she have to take it upon herself as one to be accountable to. And the Aramide person’s interview just sounds incredibly spiteful. My opinion is that her foundation isn’t being recognized as front runner of this campaign and she’s pained. If you give out of love and genuine care, it’s between you and God. Most people that gave are not looking for who will come and tell them how money was spent. If you’re giving, give and let the person you’ve given to do what they need to do and believe the best of them. If they collect your money deceitfully, then it’s a curse on them not you. When you give to a beggar on the street, do you go and sit with him to make sure he uses the money for food and not weed?
    Nothing shady about how the family is reacting. So many information and suggestions come up when dealing with serious issues like this. I know this first hand. My mum went through this. She’s alive and well but there were so many suggestions even from the doctors. Should they operate first, should they do chemo first back and forth. America, U.K. Etc. point is you will never get clear understanding until you actually just start “a” process.
    Aramide’s foundation is not handling funds and so its “scan”.
    Do not forget Mayowa started this campaign by herself, on her own. How many of you signed contract and said until you tell us how you will spend the money we will not donate. Why do you all of a sudden want to know how each kobo is being spent. Do you know the emotional, physical turmoil they’re going through. Then you want to add excel spreadsheet of breakdown to what they’re dealing with?
    How many of you bought the handout or textbook you collected money from you parents to buy. How many of you collected 50k for a 5k English 101 handout. Let’s not all become holier than though now that you’ve donated money. Biko, let’s hear word. How many of you have gone to your local government to check how your taxes are being spent? How many of you even pay tax? How many of you have held you leaders accountable? Then you want to play “God” with a family suffering. Just hands off this matter and pray for God’s will to be done.

  51. Olayemi

    July 30, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I speak life. Life is in my words. But if this lady doesn’t make it because of all these, Aramide killed her! Wicked woman! And it’s because of her 5% she didn’t get!

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