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#SaveMayowa: The Accusations, Facts, Figures & the Lesson to Learn




During the past weekend, we came across the Instagram page of a young entrepreneur, Mayowa Ahmed, who described herself as “a young sexy lady with ambitions” in her bio.
Browsing through her photos, we could see her zest for life and love for her family and friends as she shared various photos.
Her most recent posting at that time was a cry for help and assistance.

See below.

Save a life. Repost. God bless you all.

A video posted by Ahmed Mayowa (@handsandfingersfoods) on

This was before all the press attention.
As soon as we saw the video, we sent a message requesting for information on her medical case.
We received an email containing her medical records as well as an account of her medical journey till date.

Around the time we received the information, Mayowa’s story went viral especially after actress Toyin Aimakhu visited her and appealed to fans all over the world to support.

In 2 to 3 days, over $100,000 was raised via a GoFundMe page while about N30Million Naira was (reportedly) deposited into Mayowa’s account in Nigeria.

See our BN Community Centre feature on Mayowa.

Then the confusion started; an unverified message went viral stating that donations were complete and people who tried to donate to the Nigerian bank account were unable to as a block had been placed on credits into the account.

Today, it is being reported that “#SaveMayowa is a scam” because doctors had classified her case as terminal and did not release her medical records to any institution abroad.

We have reached out to Mayowa’s family and have not received a response yet. However, we believe it is important for us to share the information we have.


While we look forward to more details emerging, see below, all the hospital records and recent correspondence with a major hospital in the USA.

Mayowa Medical Records 1 Mayowa Medical Records 2

Correspondence with Emory

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Radiology Reports

Mayowa Ahmed (1) Mayowa Ahmed (2) Mayowa Ahmed (3) Mayowa Ahmed (4) Mayowa Ahmed (5) Mayowa Ahmed (6)


Mayowa Ahmed


We are sharing because while we cannot ascertain all the details of the case right now, we do not want people to be discouraged from giving and praying for others in dire situations.

The bigger issue is, how can we overhaul our healthcare system where a young woman was bounced around from hospital to hospital, from diagnostic center to x-ray center and in the end, no one properly diagnosed her until her cancer spread!

A system where her family had to pay for all this out-of-pocket before they struggled to sign up for a HMO which in their words, got exhausted within a short period of time.

Whether or not someone mischievous and greedy decided to capitalize off Mayowa’s case is not the main point, for us, the overflow of donations and prayers despite the present economic situation shows that Nigerians care for each other and should continue to do so.


When we put up the BN Community Centre post some BNers voiced their concern about Mayowa’s case that she was too far gone for adequate medical care as what she actually had was liver cancer that metastasized to the ovaries and other places.

BN CommentsBN Comment


Read the full medical story from Mayowa’s family below.

Ahmed, Mayowa Shukura has been a known healthy HBSS patient from her early years and because we detected it early, we have been able to manage her condition very well with mild and in rare cases minor crisis.

She has always been a lively person and was never known to be down for more than a day when she had crisis situation.
She went through her education stages without medical issues and graduated from the University of Lagos but after graduation she seemed to have more frequent cases of hospital visits with Ulcer being the diagnosis most times and no more bone crisis.

Hence, we began to manage Ulcer in LASUTH. In early 2015, the visit became more frequent and she did series of tests as required by the consultants; from blood tests to multiple endoscopies to CT Scans, Abdominal scans and a whole lot of others.

By July 2015, the ulcer as it was diagnosed, became worse as it had progressed from pangs to vomiting and stooling blood so frequently. She was always on admission every other week and we spent so much on bills for the drugs and maintenance. We had to watch what she ate and drank. She started to lose weight as she would be unable to eat anything when the vomiting starts. Meanwhile any time the ulcer comes due to the stress, it always resulted to bone crisis, implying that we spend two weeks treating ulcer and the another week treating the crisis.

And as the year ran out, we spent more time on hospital admissions and more frequently. At this point, our confident in LASUTH was not firm anymore because it just wasn’t working and we were not getting enough care so we tried another place- Isolo General Hospital as we knew a Management Doctor there. It was fine for a few days but then we went back to status quo.

By this time, we went to other private clinics too near our home as emergencies come especially in the night. She began to have more crisis along with the ulcer, her body began to change and due to the crisis, she began to take more pain relieving IVs, she reacted to so much and she got stuck on pentacosine.

By December, we were really worried that this is beyond being an HBSS and all the hospitals kept discharging us after a few days, saying we should go and manage it at home and would end up referring us back to LASUTH. Her body had changed, she started to have swollen tummy and bed sores. We did some scans and it showed her liver was inflated, spleen was not present. We suspected Hepatitis but no Doctor looked into that.

On one of the days, we were referred back to LASUTH in December due to hip bone shift, we decided to take her to Lagoon Hospital as a private patient, they ran series of test to confirm is she needed to operate but nothing was detected and as she spent about two weeks there, she was being managed of pain reliever and fluid to keep the bone pains down and the maintain appropriate PCV (blood level).

At the end of the period, we were discharged and she kept on managing the situation at home, treating bed sores, ulcer or gastro issues, bone crisis and pains without any help from hospitals. Family members had to learn how to administer IVS and IMs as well as body fluids.

Sometime in the first quarter of 2016, she met a group of Nigerian surgeons from UK, and they said she couldn’t be operated upon because of her condition and her hipbone shift was slight and would get better, which it did and they introduced her to a fellow Nigerian Gastro surgeon. She visited and he read her medical report on the ulcer. He concluded that she hasn’t been well diagnosed and treated by the hospitals and gave her a drug (ROBIDOM-SP) to be using morning and night; this helped dramatically as all the vomiting and stooling stopped.

We had spent so much at Lagoon Hospital that we decided to save up for HMO for Reddington Hospital. By April 2016, at this time, her leg would keep swelling from the feet up to the the thigh. We were able to save up and we started treatment at Reddington Hospital, Ikeja and she went on admission there. She spent like two weeks there and for the most part they kept saying they needed to run some scans and test which didn’t yield any diagnosis. She got blood transfusion for the first time in her life as her blood level and PCV was now too low. At this time, we couldn’t access her veins so they had to do a cut down both on her leg first before they found a spot on her hand to set a central line to administer drugs, water and blood.

Eventually, they said she needed to do liver biopsy as the CT scan showed there were masses on the liver. We were referred to LUTH for this and she spent about some weeks in LUTH for this. The result at the end of the day was inconclusive.
We then went back to Reddington VI, and they did more tests from contrast to CT Scans to Blood tests and so much more after a short while she was discharged as been stable but was soon brought back after a few days because her thigh bone gave way and she was put in a cast.

They told us in June that our HMO of 1 year had been exhausted in less than 1month and we need to re-negotiate payments. She was then told that they suspected cancer and had to do Ovarian and liver biopsy again. This we had to pay for privately, after which she was sent home as we couldn’t afford the hospital bills anymore as we queried that there was no logic in HMO service ending after a month. The conclusion after the result was that the masses on the ovary were malignant and it was affecting the liver as that was the primary site.

Since then up until now she have been at home and we get doctor friends to come check her from time to time. Finally, we decided that due to wrong earlier diagnosis and improper management and care from most of the Nigerian Hospitals we need to send her out of the country coupled with the fact that most of the doctors and hospitals have given up and saying they can’t do anything for her right now.

We have been misled by the so called top hospitals in Nigeria and have only helped to make the issue worse. We require every support to help to give our dear Mayowa an attempt to regain her life and live the remaining as God as ordained.



Recent updates from @lifestakefoundation show that Toyin Aimakhu and Aramide Kasumu were at a police station to report the alleged scam of Mayowa Ahmed’s family. They uploaded videos from the scenario on the @lifestakefoundation Instagram page which you can watch below.

Police are here to pick the brothers

A video posted by Lifestakers???? (@lifestakefoundation) on


Toyin’s interview with YNaija


A BNer commented as a member of Mayowa’s family saying:

The Ahmed Family


Through all of this our thoughts remain with Mayowa who is still holding on to hope of survival as she battles stage 4 cancer.


  1. daisy

    July 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    no comments

    • Kadara

      July 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      What Linda Ikeji did is very wrong. No one’s family will just give up and let them die! Even if the chance of survival is 1% will you let your sibling or daughter just die without trying everything? And even though someone is stage 4 and can’t be cured it doesn’t mean there are no treatments to prolong life. My Aunt has Stage4 Breast Cancer and guess what this is about her 6th year alive after the Stage 4 diagnosis in the US. She’s been able to attend her daughter’s wedding , see grandkids born. travel around and live life and Infact she’s starting an NGO now. Should her family have just given up then and just let her die and not try to prolong her life for as long as possible?! Even if Linda had questions there are ways to go about it . She did not publicize to help raise the funds but is the first to try and destroy it ! This kind of negetivity is the last thing that girl needs and it’s not fair when someone uses her platform to drag people down instead of helping.

    • Engoz

      July 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      I agree. How Linda reported it is very crass.

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Idiot she was the first to publish the story to help raise funds. Look at how irrational hate has made you. And no, I am not Linda or her family member. I comment regularly on BN.
      If you really stopped visiting her blog since, how then would you verify that she published the story with spite as @ Nancy alluded below and you rejoinded with, I stopped visiting her blog since because of such things? Foolish.

    • Ghen Ghen

      July 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Kadara, you have a strange habit of hijacking comments.

      Go down below and post your own!!!

    • Olofofo

      July 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      @ghen ghen…that’s exactly how you know people who jump queues in Nigeria causing havoc everywhere because they want to always be the first to achieve their selfish aims. It’s BN I blame that can’t throw her comments to where it belongs at the buttom of the list. Such annoying behaviour!

    • Ngozi

      July 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Don’t mind them. Is the family supposed to take the words of the same doctors that got Mayowa to this point through series of misdiagnosis as gold! If it was your family member would you take these doctors words as final? People have been given months to live even abroad and,ended up living for years so how can you blame this family for having hope. If after collecting the money they refuse to take her to the said hospital in Atlanta then We can start to question. Don’t be in a hurry to say such damaging things about people just for traffic!

    • S!

      July 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      She helped Mayowa publicise the gofundme page on her blog.
      She also reported when another page was opened which was a scam.

    • Chick

      July 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      That’s is a lie Linda put up the post asking people to raise funds for her. Get your facts right too

    • bitumen

      July 28, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Linda no try at all.

      Even if it is a 1 percent chance, i wont give up on my family. The Nigerian Health system messed up her diagnosis in the first place and i am not suprised seeing the much overated Reddington and Lagoon being gulity in this Regard. LUTH is just something else.

      A family friend was also very ill and lost a lot of weight, She went to St Nicholas and they did all kinds of tests but couldnt nail it down.. They sold some of their properties and went to india where they discovered she had stage 4 colon cancer. They treated her in india but still gave her about few months to live. That was a few years ago. With the treatment in India and prayers, she survived and is clear and is still alive.

      I dont know about you but i can never ever give up on my family member no matter the chances and to say this is a scam will do a lot of damage to people who may want to help in such future cases as no one knows who the next mayowa would be ..

      Linda no try for saying it is a scam all for traffic. Toyin Aimakhu also didnt try for being too forward to conclude. All in All, I pray with Faith that Mayowa receives a miraculous recovery. Amen.

    • Kadara

      July 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      I honestly Don’t know if she put it On her blog because as I said I don’t go there but she certainly didn’t put it on her Instagram page (saw the story on my timeline and checked it ) but has already put 3 posts saying that it’s a scam! You don’t make such accusations on such a sensitive issue without due deligience and I see anything like that. That’s what I’am talking about, the 100% promotion of negativity versus when it’s something positive . How can She that went crazy over accusations of fake bag can put such a big accusation involving life about someone else out there without any sensitivity?

    • Ty

      July 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      A friend had a serious bbm fight with me cause I expressed this same feeling. What linda and even toyin did was wrong on every sides… they are just in it for cheap publicity… it is a shame… and alot of Nigerians have bought into the negativity around this circumstance… why do we most times easily associate with negativity without even giving it a tot and reasoning logically. God bless Bella and her crew for bringing this up… the world is in dire need of more humanitarians and empathetic people. If u must help anyone, pls get ur facts right… dont just enter puma and dive in… before u leave them worse off than u met them… Every situation is not in black and white… grey areas exist in between… hating, judging, spreading rumors, gossiping about others especially when they are at their lowest is not a good trait… pls stop it! #stopspreadinghate #lifeishardenough #enufsaid.

    • Teju TJ

      July 28, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I wonder how linda Ikeji sleeps at night.

    • It is well

      July 29, 2016 at 1:50 am

      Well said Kadara… Nobody wishes for such. May God in His infinite mercy heal her & make her testify to His greatness.

    • ty

      July 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Linda should have been more objective in her reporting and avoid all this backlash. But remember, the story is not abut Toyin Aimakhu, Linda Ikeji but about Mayowa Ahmed.
      By the way, Linda has pulled the post down on her blog, the person that made her do it must have been strong and influential cos usually she doesn’t give a damn.

    • Dolapo

      July 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      And this diverts the attention from the sick young lady. Is it the scam or lack of it that matters but that someone might lose her life? And we actually have some people supporting Linda Ikeji with the way she broke the news. So crass and unfeeling. Why post the video by Toyin Aimakhu, why drag her in? Was that meant to give it credibility? What about poor Mayowa in all of this, the physical pain as well as the emotional one. This could make her deteriorate. And all some people care about is how they could have been scammed. Does it really matter? You (maybe) got scammed while trying to save a life, kudos to you. It really isn’t that big of a deal. Life is way more important than money.

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      It’s precisely about so many other young ladies and young men who would need help in the future. We need to set standards to encourage people to help. Listening to the Ynaija audio on Toyin Aimhaku , she tried to get a former governor’s wife involved. Now, if anyone tried to get Toyin involved to raise funds or any other celebrity, how willing do you think they would be?
      I feel very very bad for Mayowa, but I am angry that her family did not think this through. When you do not do due diligence, other people suffer. This is no beyond Mayowa because there will be others who would need our help and we should be able to rally and help without second guessing the motives of the family/fund raisers. People raise money elsewhere, it is only in nigeria that there will be comma, semi-colon, etc.

  2. olaf!

    July 28, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    wow…just wow. Thanks BN for sharing.

  3. shulamite

    July 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    The thing, whether it is claimed to be a scam or not, the lady in question is ill.
    Now i t is possible the family is concerned that if they probably had enough money, the disease could be reversible….just the same way many Nigérians believe if they had had an opportunity to treat a lost loved one abroad, probably this loved one could have survived.

    Pleease lets thread with caution, and we shoul dont cease to render help when we can.

  4. Kili

    July 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    God bless u BN. I just read on LIB that it’s a scam and My heart broke.
    However I refuse to believe so, I just think the family is just being optimistic against all odds.

    Anyway, we await more information to know exactly the truth.

    • Nancy

      July 28, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      I am sorry, should we just conclude so easily that it is a scam?

      I don’t know maybe this is coming from having a lot of pity for Mayowa, I don’t just get it.

      BN you shouldn’t upload the patients record like that online. Nigerians should be calm about this, this is someone that is almost dying and it is possible she didn’t even understand what the people around her were doing, if it is true.

      BN, I applaud you for being neutral on the story also, I love how you encouraged people to keep helping no matter the situation.
      Nigerians can be so helpful. May we never find ourselves or any member of our family or friend in such a situation.

      Today marks the last day I visit LIB, she is so authoritative about everything and not in a good way. She is so concerned about being first in breaking every news. When I read the post there, I could not just help feeling the spite she wrote all that with. It just felt wrong!

      I mean it was just too much!

    • Kadara

      July 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      I stopped visiting her blog since because of such things.

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Idiot, spite ke? The girl who published the story first to help raise money for Mayowa. Did you read that police officers are presently at LUTH with Toyin aimakhu. Do you know what evidence she has in her possession?

    • peace

      July 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      its been almost six month since i went on her site, she is just…….

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I’m calling you out because some of you just want to breed hate for is girl Linda. She may not be perfect but some of you just jump at every opportunity to bring her down.
      No she is not my friend or sister or anything but it is really annoying watching people tear her down unnecessarily.
      As published on LIB
      This is such a sad thing for me to report this afternoon. Just two days after we were all happy that Nigerians kindly donated to cancer patient, Mayowa Ahmed, for surgery she needed for ovarian cancer, LIB just learnt that Mayowa and her family scammed kind hearted Nigerians.

      You see, Mayowa is really sick. She truly has Ovarian cancer. She’s admitted at LUTH but she didn’t need money for surgery, because doctors had told Mayowa she was beyond treatment and no hospital in the world could treat her as she was extremely far gone. Mayowa had reached stage 4 and doctors, unfortunately, already told her family she won’t survive it and had advised them to take her home. Her family instead used her situation to raise money from Nigerians. The doctors in LUTH have also denied giving her family a medical report advising her to seek treatment abroad. Continue..
      Toyin Aimakhu, who was one of those who spearheaded the fundraising, as you read this, is at LUTH right now with police officers. Some people also went to the family’s home and the place is locked up. Will share video from the scene at LUTH, involving Toyin and one other donor later…

      #SaveMayowa raised over $100k on GoFundMe and millions of Naira.

    • Sisi R

      July 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      I wouldn’t go as far as calling it spite but Linda Ikeji presented the news like it was facts without providing artifacts to support her claims. Here BN has given a balanced view of the story with evidence that the family was in contact with Emory; with evidence that Emory requested $100,000. They decided to raise funds based on what Emory was asking for. Nigerian doctors have given them the run around already which worsened Mayowa’s condition. At this time, they can only hope that Emory, a world renowned center can save their sister/daughter.

      Can LIB attach artifacts supporting her claims that this is a scam?

    • Chick

      July 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Who cares if it’s the last day you visit LIB????? Abeg shift your irrelevant backside

  5. EJ

    July 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Hmmm it’s well

    • Ngbabe

      July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      @peace and the rest of you that are looking for a way to beef Linda, since you stopped visiting Linda’s blog has that stopped her from being the most visited blog or from getting ads? I don’t see anything wrong in what Linda did here. She just have to post the information she was given and with evidence. Just like she helped spread the news to help her raise funds. It’s okay for the family to be optimistic, but I pray that they didn’t use her situation as a scam. Lib has millions of people who visit her blog for news so if you stopped going there, your absence won’t be noticed. Women beefing successful women at every opportunity since 1900.
      Bella post or join the beef like Stella, I know you’re not enlightened than that

    • Ngbabe

      July 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      Sorry I meant “more enlightened than that”

  6. Fifi

    July 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    So were they raising money to pay off medical debts or raising money for the America trip to go and get a second opinion even though there was 17% chance of survival

    • BlueEyed

      July 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      I want to believe it is the former. But speaking to a friend, he believes an American hospital will be open and responsive about the situation (especially if it is as critical as her case is) as she is not a lab experiment, so I want to believe that this family was over optimistic (which we really cannot blame them)

    • BlueEyed

      July 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I want to believe it is the later. But speaking to a friend, he believes an American hospital will be open and responsive about the situation (especially if it is as critical as her case is) as she is not a lab experiment, so I want to believe that this family was over optimistic (which we really cannot blame them) and probably did not disclose the true state of her Nigerian diagnosis to the American hospital they were in correspondence with hoping to get a second opinion

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      But did you see the part of the hospital rep’s response asking for ALL and specific documents before she could be registered as a patient? Would they have gotten a favourable response if they hadn’t complied?

  7. FinchleysFinest

    July 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I can’t believe I woke up that morning…disturbed …
    I sent my small $10 … prayed for her.. Shared the info to friends and they gave because I confirmed…

    If all of this is a scam then
    “The heart of man is desparately WICKED*

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Please, go back and read this post from start to finish. Because I’m wondering how you’re able to deduce it’s a scam from everything presented on this site.

    • Feynasia

      July 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      She said “if”.

  8. brownsugar

    July 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    This is sad and tiring. .

  9. dee

    July 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Uhmmm BN.. where is the correspondence with the Major US hospital here?? And I’m not sure how to take this write up. So bottom line, is the #SaveMayowa campaign a scam or an option for the family to seek a second opinion outside of the country??

    • Idomagirl

      July 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      You didn’t see Emory International there?

    • dee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      they edited this article after i posted my comment

    • Chinny

      July 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Read o, read! Jeez

    • dee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      they edited this article AFTER i posted my comment

    • Opeke

      July 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Olodo, Emory Hospital is a major hospital in Atlanta, USA.

  10. bimpe

    July 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    This story is just so confusing menh… like literally over 40m was raised, as in thats nuts, like seriously! it just weird how evil people get things easier than good people… look at all those children suffering from a deadly disease and no one hardly donates. i guess that one question we wont ever have answer to

    • Person

      July 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Over 64 million actually. 100,00USD and over 32,000,000 in Nigeria. Hmmmn.

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Please go back and read this post from start to finish!

    • Misslolly

      July 29, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Are you people for real? Evil people? Who’s evil here? The poor girl and her family who wanted nothing other than for her to live, or you heartless Nigerians who can even utter such cruelty? First of all, did you expect her family to take the word of the same clueless doctors who let her health deteriorate so badly as final when they said she was too far gone to survive? Secondly, haven’t you heard stories of people diagnosed with stage 4 cancer who eventually survived? Thirdly, would you just fold your arms and wait for a loved one to die? Why are you people acting like she’s not really sick and her family just wants to use the money to buy a house in Ikoyi? Where are your hearts? Where are your souls? Are we now this evil and soulless in this country? This is depressing.

    • DBN

      July 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

      God bless you.

  11. Ijeoma

    July 28, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks so much BN. I wept when I stumbled on what was posted on LIB. So insensitive and callous. It’s only human to hope that your loved one will survive irrespective of the medical report. Who really wants to lose a family member? I will keep praying for Mayowa irrespective. Whatever he wills, will be done.

  12. Socialworker

    July 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    BellaNaija it is wrong to put all her medical info online its a serious HIPPA violation …u must look for more creative ways to prove your point while protecting a person’s detailed medical information.

    • Wow

      July 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      I understand what you mean however is there HIPAA in Nigeria?

    • May

      July 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      I was about to say the same thing. Serious something! If it’s a scam then may GOD reward them.

    • Engoz

      July 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm

      I understand where you are coming from. However, I would believe that Bellanaija already has consent from the patient or legally authorized representative or health care provider to showcase these details to the public, because the public in this case is involved in the payment of her care. The information Bellanaija provided is directly relevant to the public’s involvement in the patient’s care or payment for care. If that’s the case, no violation has been made.

    • Ajoke

      July 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      They already made this public by coming out to beg for funds.If any of the well meaning Nigerians that donated decide to sue,even the grandmother’s health history will be made public.

    • Healthcare Administrator

      July 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Hi social worker,
      I am curious… Is there anything like HIPAA law in Nigeria? Note: HIPAA not HIPPA as you spelled it.

  13. Kyke

    July 28, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Is Reddington in USA?! Since when? Cos i cant see a correspondence from any USA hospital as claimed. However, the update on this matter is unfair! unfair to people who donated if its a scam AND unfair to the sick lady if its not a scam. It is well.

    • Idomagirl

      July 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Isn’t Emory International in America?

    • Sherlie Holmes

      July 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Yes, It’s in Atlanta. As indicated on the report. Please read people!

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      I don’t think people read at all!!! I mean the correspondence with Emory is so very clear, right up there.

      I feel so bad for this lady. She was misdiagnosed for so long till it got to this stage. I pray she pulls through.

    • dee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you o!!! BN didn’t do a good job with reviewing the original story before they posted it.. me too i had to check 3 times looking for US hospital. It has since been revised

  14. Lyea

    July 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Father in Heaven, as I sit here alive and well reading this, I just want to say thank you. May we never take good health for granted. Amen.

    • Hephzibah (@churchgrrl78)

      July 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm


  15. Jeumie

    July 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    thank you BN. I do not know this lady but i felt so much rage when people started jumping on the facts that it was a lie. Haba

  16. Let's get the facts

    July 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I think they were raising money to seek alternative opinion outside the country. I’m sure it was hard for them to accept her fate. They probably did their own research and found out the costs to receive care at Emory hospital in Atlanta. The family should have just been open with everything. LIB labeling it as a scam so early is reaching…..I don’t believe it is a scam

    • Adadioramma

      July 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      @let’s get the facts
      LIB did not present it in a way that depicts someone who has emotions. I appreciate the way BN presented it. Irrespective of anything, no one would like to be in such state as Mayowa.

  17. Toyin

    July 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    The story is still unfolding …. Let us all be patient please. One thing is clear to all, Mayowa is critically ill, at least that is not a scam. Now, let us wait and see exactly what is going on

  18. jennietobbie

    July 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    BN, I would have preferred having all the details before reporting. I understand the need to”break” news, but this should have been an exception because of how sensitive this issue is…

    • Engoz

      July 28, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      It is not about the need to ‘break news’. Bella naija website was used as a medium for the solicitation of funds. It is very important that they give updates to the audience they serve, otherwise they could easily be referred to as accomplices to what may turn out to be a crime. They also recognized that they are not privy to all the facts but their audience deserve to be updated, which is very rational to me. The story is still unfolding and their manner of approach has not criminalized the family.

  19. Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

    July 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    BN why exactly is all this information online? What exactly are you trying to prove by uploading a patient’s entire medical history for evaluation by third parties who must likely won’t understand it anyway? This is very unethical and irrespective of your agenda there are other ways to go about it. Luckily you operate in a land where everything goes, you would have paid with your ass cause if you don’t have a legal document that allows you to share this information then you have no right to do so.

    • Anonymous

      September 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Patient’s family acting on behalf of patient gave them the permission to share her medical record with the world to present their side of the story. No where in other part of the world is this wrong

  20. Ethio

    July 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    but why this publicity, some things are better left unpublished and as rumors even though they’re true. with what eye will the public look at another terminally ill brother or sister who genuinely needs our help. in all this hardship people reached out rapidly and now this? na wah!

  21. S

    July 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    @Socialworker, forget HIPPA regulation here, this is is a situation where every form of proof has to be provided to the public.She also posted these document on the GOFUNDME page.

    People donated in good faith and if Bella Naija is posting it then, it is to defend she has or had received feedback form these parties.

    This situation is very dicey at the moment. I applaud Bella Naija for publishing this in the most decent form. Bad news sells fast and most bloggers are only after viewers count and their pockets.There is a life involved, calling it and outright scam is callous.

    There are various forms of journalism and I will recommend some bloggers need to go for courses to enhance how they publish their stories.

    This is a good example of an excerpt form Michelle Obama’s Speech “When they go low, We go high”

    • Tee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      @Socialworker, I totally agree with you. It is so wrong on so many levels. I am actually surprised that BellaNaija will publish such with medical information. If other blogs are clueless about protecting the confidentiality and security of someone’s healthcare information — not bellanaija.

  22. Kyke

    July 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Okay I see Emory International now.. apologies

  23. Princess P

    July 28, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I weak…..with my small money that I sent sef
    As I read on LIB that it’s a scam, I just felt weak and tired and upset and scammed
    This is not nice
    However it turns out, from now on, it’s not going to be a good tale for me

    • Miss_Flygerian

      July 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Like, I don’t even know whether to be mad or something. This can turn people away from giving even if the cause is genuine.

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Kai. Did you read this article at all? Didn’t you deduce that the money was raised based by a quote received from a correspondence with a US hospital? I mean the exchanges are right there for you to see!

    • Kyke

      July 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      LOL… see reaction o.. u wey no contribute 50kobo dey vex anyhow.

    • kiens ozioma

      July 28, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      you give reach 1m? poor rat

  24. Observer

    July 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Its absolutely disgusting that in the ‘Giant of Africa’ there was no hospital to diagnose her condition correctly at the very beginning!! That in itself is the real scandal here. Even the so called good hospitals in lagos in could not get it right! What a disgrace! No wonder Nigerian doctors are asked to retrain when they go abroad. I am embarrassed for this country, churning out half baked doctors and nurses who are actually killers and murders in uniform.

    • Observer

      July 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm


    • Dee

      July 28, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      my sis/bro, make God, abi na satan, no use sickness try us ooo. Many diagnoses are not so easy to make o.

      in a lighter mood, a group of us med students one diagnosed a pregnancy as a tumor lool

    • LemmeRant

      July 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Forget that side. Nigeria is only giant in the minds of the politicians stealing giant money.

      There are so many other African countries doing better than us. They aren’t just noise makers.

  25. Marilyn

    July 28, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    When I read the story, I was really conflicted. I had it in my spirit that she was too far gone to be saved, reason why I did not donate but I was moved and felt for the family.
    The family getting a medical report (from the same hospital(s) which misdiagnosed her in the first place) that she wasn’t going to survive does not mean that the family gave up hope of her recovering. They did exactly what every loving family would do…not saying it was over..until it is finally over. Their raising funds for her to seek better medical care is in no way a scam. It could only amount to a scam if: she was not sick, was not as sick as they claimed she is or was already dead. They are doing exactly what any loving family would do. Mayowa, God can still heal you, let us continue praying for her.

  26. Alex Amos

    July 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    God bless and increase you BellaNaija … this is Journalism … for the greater good if I may add. God bless you richly!!!

    • Hephzibah (@churchgrrl78)

      July 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm


  27. DU

    July 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I donated and literally 3 minutes later I stumbled on all this.. Lol. But very good journalism by BellaNaija. Linda and other websites should be careful not to spoil or tarnish a dying persons image before getting the facts straight. I watched that video and my heart broke. Scam or no scam, a young girls life has been compromised greatly. No amount of money in the world can give her that life back. Having said that if it is a scam, ah. Kolework. Pls cashback those donations.

  28. Ngee

    July 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    The same thing happened to my dad, he was diagnosed with Ulcer at Eko Hospital. it was after he travelled out for medical treatment they found he had liver cancer and it was far gone. May God help us in this country.

    • NIRA

      July 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Same thing with my dad. They said it was stomach ulcer too. At a point we even did biopsy in Anambra state, the result took over a month to come out and the man said he didn’t see anything. Meanwhile stomach cancer was eating my dad up. By the time we got to Abuja and India, it was too late. He died 3 weeks after he came back from India. In as much as it might seem insensitive to say, sometimes we just have to accept the hard truth when faced with situations like this. When I saw the news and diagnosis, in my heart I knew it would be a miracle for her to survive. The family should come out and clarify issues. If this was a scam, that is very bad.

    • LemmeRant

      July 28, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Sorry for your loss.

    • Peaches77

      July 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Same thing with my mum… She had ovarian and intestinal cancer and they were busy diagnosing ulcer in Lagos hospitals. Died a day or so after reaching India for treatment.. ????. My dear mother, sigh!
      Same experience with my hubby’s boss. Very nice and special woman. Had pancreatic cancer while she was being diagnosed with ulcer in Abuja. Too late b4 she could get any meaningful treatment from India/Egypt.

  29. onlyinnaija

    July 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    if naija JUJU mean you, i mean Yoruba or Benin witches and wizards, no hospital fit explain the disease #justsaying cos iv heard of people who died of unexplained diseases infact my mum too,hospitals could not find what it really was..i feel so sorry for Mayowa and i Pray the good Lord Jesus will heal her .Amen.

    • Hephzibah (@churchgrrl78)

      July 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm


    • Kdj

      July 30, 2016 at 1:21 am

      What a crass and dumb comment, “Yoruba or Benin witches and wizards”, how many of those have you seen in your life?

  30. meee

    July 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    i don’t think it was a scam, the family members were just trying to see how to save her. its a very desperate situation. we shouldn’t blame them now. if you had given and still think its a scam, you shouldn’t blame yourself, cause every act of kindness will be rewarded by God.

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I’m calling you out because some of you just want to breed hate for is girl Linda. She may not be perfect but some of you just jump at every opportunity to bring her down.
      No she is not my friend or sister or anything but it is really annoying watching people tear her down unnecessarily.
      As published on LIB
      This is such a sad thing for me to report this afternoon. Just two days after we were all happy that Nigerians kindly donated to cancer patient, Mayowa Ahmed, for surgery she needed for ovarian cancer, LIB just learnt that Mayowa and her family scammed kind hearted Nigerians.

      You see, Mayowa is really sick. She truly has Ovarian cancer. She’s admitted at LUTH but she didn’t need money for surgery, because doctors had told Mayowa she was beyond treatment and no hospital in the world could treat her as she was extremely far gone. Mayowa had reached stage 4 and doctors, unfortunately, already told her family she won’t survive it and had advised them to take her home. Her family instead used her situation to raise money from Nigerians. The doctors in LUTH have also denied giving her family a medical report advising her to seek treatment abroad. Continue..
      Toyin Aimakhu, who was one of those who spearheaded the fundraising, as you read this, is at LUTH right now with police officers. Some people also went to the family’s home and the place is locked up. Will share video from the scene at LUTH, involving Toyin and one other donor later…

      #SaveMayowa raised over $100k on GoFundMe and millions of Naira.

    • Sansarai

      July 28, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Let me help you decode Anonymous, since you can’t comprehend the “spite”. The word scam is a VERY serious, hateful and heavy word to use in this scenario. Linda said the family “scammed” the public because they refused to accept the doctor’s terminal diagnosis of Mayowa and instead chose to appeal to the public to raise funds for further treatment and explore other options. I don’t see a scam – I see a desperate family refusing to let their child just die, without having hope and pushing for help, a family choosing to defy the death sentence that’s been handed down. That looks like LOVE to me. Linda has misused the word “scam” and her words were quite slanderous, if I may add. She better watch herself and pray she never finds herself or a family member in this situation

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Sansarai, I do not help decoding. Go and read my comment for @Tai. The family raised money to help secure her an initial consultation at Emory, but now the story is that they are flying her to Abu DHabi. Toyin Aimhaku is crying on social media that they used her to decive people. Maybe you need help with the decoding after all.

    • Sansarai

      July 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      @Anonymous: Sorry o, Miss-I-get-sense-pass-una, Madam Decoder De-ultimate! Even if the family decides to use the money that the public has donated thus far to fly her to the moon, if they are flying her to the moon in a bid to save her life, how then would it be a scam? If they gather money telling the public that they want to use the funds to send her to Emory but instead send her to a hospital in India, it would still not be a scam. You have no idea what’s going on with the family or what circumstances might have changed that made it challenging for them to admit her at Emory and instead opt for a health facility in Abu Dhabi. A scam would be if the woman in question was not sick to begin with or had miraculously recovered (which is clearly not the case) or if the woman in question was dead – none of these are true sooo therefore, it is not a scam and Linda should choose her words carefully. I rest my case….I no fit decode pass this. If you like come and reply me again, na you sabi. All I will tell you is to find compassion in your heart for this family and the heartbreak they are going through. They don’t need people slandering or maligning them on top

  31. Tee

    July 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Nothing has been confirmed. It is wrong to publish one’s medical records fake or real. Whatever happened to protecting the confidentiality and security of someone’s healthcare information.

  32. Observer

    July 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Seriously! Who gives up on their loved one just like that? Regardless of what the doctors in Luth said, no family member would want to accept a death sentence on their member and would do absolutely everything to change it. LIB did not do well o! She accused them of scamming people which she knows will get people’s back up and get them upset. I think she should retract the article and do some due diligence journalism just like BN has done. That girl better watch it because she will surely reap what she sows. Horrible somebody. God is surely watching! Even Mayowa does not want to die, she still has a fighting spirit, I will happily donate again and again regardless of what is said.

  33. scarlet

    July 28, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Saw this first on LIB it was so disheartening, a true definition of Junk journalism – even though i don’t know her personally she has been in my prayers since the day i read her story on IG. That said, Bellanaija did a better job of explaining the real situation, i strongly believe there is noting impossible for God, she will be healed by his grace.

  34. Nenye

    July 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Thank u Bellanaija for this . I refused to believe Linda after reading the post on the alleged scam

    • Baybee

      July 28, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Same here!

  35. Missappleberry

    July 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    However this turns out, scam or no scam, my dear people, it shouldn’t stop us from giving to those who need help. Do your part and forget about it. God will actually reward those who truly help from the heart regardless of how the situation turns out.

  36. Kiiababs

    July 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Choi! Dear Lord mayowa has been through alot , I don’t know her though. But my prayer and wish is that you oh Lord prove your mightyness again. That whole world may know that there’s a God in Israel.

  37. Lady P

    July 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Stage 4 cancer, is terminal cancer folks. Yes, medically speaking; even with quality treatments, she might not pull through. That being said- So?
    If Mayowa was your sister, daughter, wife, would you stop there? The money raised will fund her operations, radio/chemotherapy, and will afford her with the best health care out there as well as allow her to fight as long as she can for her life.

    As long as she is a cancer patient, has been misdiagnosed, and is seeking medical care abroad… It is not a scam.

    Lets wake up people. We supported this lady, to give her fighting chance, be it two months or 10 years. Don’t turn this to another scam story. Until proven, lets just keep our doubts, accusations and unwarranted opinions to ourselves.

  38. Hephzibah (@churchgrrl78)

    July 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm


    • Realist

      July 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      I can see you have an interest in a “tithe” of the money collected abi?

  39. Azeez

    July 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    If I were the family I will sue every hospital they have been to for wrong diagnosis, this was exactly how my friend lost his wife after 7months of marriage. She was been treated for Ulcer, while she had cancer.

    • Aisha

      July 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Hmmm! So this makes me believe now that any diagnosis from hospitals in Nigeria which claim ulcer should actually be interpreted as cancer!
      What a shame that Nigeria cannot boast of one world class hospital!

  40. Mr. Egghead

    July 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Linda Ikeji just sets the Nigerian Twitterverse on fire, then sits back to watch it burn . . . and count her cash

  41. mama

    July 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I don’t blame d family at all,if I had had same opportunity,I would av done saMe thing for my mum,before all these so called specialist hospitals in nigeria killed my mum for no reason.The Lord heal u mayowa.

  42. Tai

    July 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Hello all,

    We have been called by friends, family and everyone who has our contacts that our raising funds for Mayo is a scam. We were also informed that some persons had made statements concerning her state and her ability to pull through this ordeal.

    As a family we wish to make these affirmative statements:

    ·         Mayowa is presently in LUTH receiving treatments that will prepare her for 7hr trip to Abu Dhabi. We have also engaged the services of the Flying Doctors to accompany her on the trip based on recommendation by the Doctors in LUTH (Form attached)

    ·         Mayowa is receiving treatment in LUTH to allow her be able to travel as advised by the Doctors in LUTH and she has been transfused to help improve her PCV

    ·         The funds are solely for Mayowa’ s treatment and for no other reason.

    ·         We await her Visa for travel documents to commence the journey as we are in touch with the doctors abroad and they are awaiting her arrival.

    We appreciate the contributions made by Nigerians on this journey. Mayowa will live to tell this story and you shall be one of the audiences by His grace.

    Please support us with prayers as you will surely be told the success story as we have not given up on Mayowa living her life and we will never give up until the work God has started is finished.

    Thank you once again and will provide updates on her treatment and procedures.



    The Ahmed Family

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      But you guys raised money on the pretext of sending her to the US, you posted a letter from Emory, now you are taking her to Abu DHabi. Abu Dhabi is not USA. You should have presented Nigerians with all the facts. If you decided to seek public help to save your loved one, be prepared to release all the details because if things go south you can avoid accusations.
      This is why people will call it a SCAM

      For @kadara and co frying Ankara on LIB’s head, hope you can all see the update:

    • Youngninlove

      July 28, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Anonymous you’ve been all over the comments calling this family out as a scam. Even after being provided with facts. Do you have any heart??? Except you have been in a similar situation I do not believe you have the right to slander this family and call them a scam.
      If the decide to send her to anywhere else apart from the USA doesn’t still mitigate the issue and the need for funds. Where there is life there is hope!
      Allow them do all they deem possible for her. This is a life or death situation. If you’re not donating then sit quietly and hush….Surely you have better things to do.

    • HaveAHeart

      July 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      @Anonymous the issue here is not whether they are taking her to Bermuda instead of Mars for treatment. The issue here is she is going for treatment(Place does not matter). Abu Dhabi is equally not cheap.
      Nigerian Journalists should do more of investigative journalism.

  43. cocopops

    July 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    meanwhile, Toyin is crying on instagram.

  44. Yve

    July 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    The family should just have given all the details… If people agree to go ahead and donate fine. Linda sha. hits aint everything oh.

  45. Mama

    July 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Nigerians, I fear you people oh! Seriously…..Arghhhhhhhh! Why do we just believe rumours and allegations without facts? I saw people sharing the scam information on facebook and drawing conclusions and I just kept wondering, what if this information is incorrect? Doesn’t that make them also culpable of character defamation? Why do we just take things we see on the internet as the gospel without room for doubt and questions? We don’t know the full story yet as BN has rightly pointed out, so why are we calling for heads and declaring judgement? I’m just too pissed right now.

  46. Corolla

    July 28, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    This is insane, as it shades light on the medical situation in Nigeria! It is sad that this girl was misdiagnosed by the so called “top hospitals”, and this negligence may cost Mayowa her life. Her family has had to beg publicly, and what ever dignity they had left, these unjust accusation of fraud has shredded it.

    From going through the correspondce with Emory, and her medical reports, anyone with half a brain can see that this family was not going to give up on their flesh and blood without a fight! How anyone could have concluded it was a scam is beyond me. Linda Ikeji’s callous report, and sensationalized headline made me sick to my stomach! How disgusting! How can a person with a heart make such statements without posting facts?! All I will say is karma is not a bitch, it is a biblical statement that states, “you shall reap what you sow”. Not that it matters in the grand scheme of LIB, but I will no longer be visiting that blog. Today is the last time I do such.

    Bella Naija team thanks for the professionalism and sensitivity with which you reported this. Thanks for posting the facts. Thank you.

    • Youngninlove

      July 28, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Abeg forget karma. Every small thing people will invoke karma karma. It doesn’t always work that way sheesh.

  47. chi

    July 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Bella Naija it is wrong for you to have published someone”s medical history. patients confidentiality is not to be messed with in medicine. please take it down to avoid further drama both from your side and that of the source that supplied you her medical history. this kind of journalism is unacceptable irrespective of whatever you want to explain to the public.

  48. Ola

    July 28, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    To be fair, it happens everywhere, My aunty kept going to different hospitals in the UK for 10 years with the same complaint and was diagnosed with “Ulcers”, she ended up in the US after 10 years and 1st diagnosis – Cancer, she passed barely a year after that

    • Realist

      July 28, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      This one that only American hospitals have an eye for seeing cancers that others don’t see. I hope they’re not the ones planting them there. Ok o.

  49. Dami

    July 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    First, there is no family willing to accept a note of finality of death for their child, with that in mind, I choose to believe Mayowa’s family went on to raise funds for her with the hope of a miracle. Secondly, the way they chose to go about it may come across as questionable but let’s also bear in mind that we can only do as much as our awareness and enlightenment allows us and what I mean is let’s understand that this family only did what their knowledge could afford them.

    To Toyin, thank you for rallying round this family but don’t be quick to judge them so harshly to the extent of bring in law enforcement. This also goes to show the extent of how well ‘informed’ Toyin is as I would assume that a well informed person so passionate to help will speak to the family, the doctors and then move on to form an assessment of the situation. Rather, you have helped magnanimously but also inserted yourself into this case deeper than necessary.

    Toyin I love you on TV but this isn’t about you. It’s such a simple matter, if you think your kindness has been abused, it’s not hard, the bank will freeze the account. There is absolutely no need for all this drama and the crying you are suddenly so known for, please don’t make us think this is purely theatrics as I’m already thinking this is also a way to gather positive following and come across as philanthropic, so thank you Toyin but please apply wisdom and quit any rash approach.

    Finally, to all Nigerians, whether this be a scam or not, let this not deter us from giving when we can or when we should. What this case has reminded me is our ability as a people to summon our better selves and show humanity at all times.

    • Fani

      July 28, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I liked your comment because I agree with most points but I think it’s harsh to conclude that Toyins motive for helping was not innocent just like assuming this family scammed people without enough evidence. I do think she needs to first chill and let the family defend themselves even though she’s rightly pissed she put her rep on the line for what is now being questioned .

    • Dami

      July 28, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      @fani if you read my comments carefully and thoroughly, what I wrote Abt Toyin is a possibility of the reality of why we do what we do. I commended her effort but only asking she applies wisdom and caution. For me, yes, her reputation but no one thinks she helped perpetuate a fraud or lie. Crying and dragging the cops is very unnecessary, from where I stand at least. So again, lets me quick to hear stories but be slow to speak and react, that’s the summation of my epistle… Lol

  50. Kemidebi

    July 28, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Can we all donate men as we have donated money for mayowa, because if Linda had been long impregrenated, she would AV been busy with her baby now. Who blog epp… Aunty Linda e WA se mi se oh,,,,,,

  51. Anonymous

    July 28, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    BN you are deliberately fueling this hate targeted at LINDA. And it is equally as shameful as what Linda is being accused of. Why did you delete my response to @TAI.
    LIB has provided an update on the case. Well meaning people donated to save Mayowa reached out to her because they found out that the whole thing was a scam. She investigated and that was why she put out the report. The family has released a statement that they plan on flying Mayowa to Abu Dhabi tomorrow. Abu Dhabi is not USA. Mayowa apparently does not have an invitation letter from Emory or a US visa.
    I am harping on this issue because people are detracting from what should be the focus – Accountability by family members. If you seek to raise money for a loved one from the public, it unfortunately means you have to put all the facts out there. That is what responsible fund raisers do. Now everyone is jumping on another opportunity to tear LINDA down like she is the one to suffer is Nigerians are discouraged from helping another person.
    LINDA even published the Mayowa story before you Bella Naija. Now she is taking the flack for publishing an update to her readers before you.
    If you like swallow this one too.

    • Kili

      July 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Ok. Why did Linda publish that it was a scam before the update by the family ( either she reached out to them or they reached out to her first) . I read the post and it was as if she was 101% sure it was a scam.
      Why the urge to just want to be sensational at all time and if the tables were turned she can’t handle quarter of the horrible things she uses her blog to do to people. We shouldn’t be devoid of patience, empathy and sympathy in journalism, it’s obvious she lacks professionalism and objectivity. It’s all about traffic, hits, and hand bags in the end.

    • Realist

      July 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Linda!

    • Youngninlove

      July 28, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      BN deleted your comment because it’s as baseless as the 10 others you’ve written here desperately seeking for supporters. We get your point please move on…

    • keeks

      July 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

      linda just splashed the word SCAM for all to see. this lady is dying, if there is a glimmer of hope for survival for someone you love dearly, you take it! do you know what she means to her family and friends that they wont give up on her just yet? those saying they should just allow her die peacefully, obviously have no regard for human existence and know how messed up their life is, so portraying it on her. she is fighting, she still believes there’s hope that’s why she posted that video. she still has more to give to the world that’s why she dint ask to drink some liquid that would make her sleep peacefully, or just send her to her father’s house and die peacefully. YOU HAVE NO HUMANITY IF YOU SAY LET HER DIE PEACEFULLY WHEN THERE IS A SLIM CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.pray you don’t find yourself wearing these shoes.with all shes gone though, you now make her worry about her image in the public eye.

  52. none

    July 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    It’s not a scam. Most people didnt read the part that she was misdiagnosed.Yes she might not make it but the family didn’t want to give up on her. I won’t give up too if she were my sis. Right now, it’s not about how much was contributed but how Mayowa can be given a chance to live a bit longer. I’m grateful for life and won’t take anything for granted. I wish Linda could have investigated further before she published her reports. anyways it’s all about the blog traffic. Another journalist has been to Mayowa ‘ s house today and confirmed the family are still there. Pls let’s pray for mayowa, she’s truly sick and that’s a fact

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I wish you investigated further before posting your comment.

  53. Ololade

    July 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you BN…Beta people…This is no I scam..I can say so because my mom died of cancer 8 years ago…Initially Nigerian docs said it was tuberculosis,until she went to UK,and they discovered it was multiple myleoma( cancer of the bone marrow).Till my mom died we kept believing God for a miracle. No one in their rigth mind will see,a loved one dying and will fold their arms.

    May our desire to be relevant not block our humanity..God help us!!

  54. Dorcas

    July 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    i just hope whoever has the money should have the good heart to spend some on making Mayowa’s last days happy and peaceful.

  55. Anonymous

    July 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Even has published an exclusive on how the whole thing was revealed to be a SCAM but all of you here, have labeled and accused LINDA Ikeji. @Corolla even stated Linda will reap what she sows,
    Yes she will reap good and kindness and anything else she has sown. As for all of you who sowed judgment and bile and hate, be sure you will reap yours too.
    I can’t with Nigerians. I see some of you on here, accusing Bella Naija of reporting news late especially news that LIB has already reported. You all believe her stories then. Now with this one, her journalism is questionable. Not like she has ever claimed to be a journalist. She is a blogger.
    Other reported stories on her blog were not questionable but with this one, you all seized the opportunity to bring out your LIB hate.
    At the end of the day, we all mean well for MAYOWA but we need to hold people and family members accountable so that they do not take advantage of the sick and also the kindness and generosity of others.
    You all need help. Feel free to camp under my comments, the truth cannot be denied.

    • Aina

      July 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      This anonymous person. How is fighting for the life of a loved one a scam. and just in case you aren’t aware linda ikeji isn’t the bone of contention here. it’s whether we were right as a people to believe in the faintest ray of hope, that maybe, just maybe Mayowa may survive. As much as this might hurt you people really dont care about what linda ikeji does with her blog. Most often than not she posts’ stories without confirming the authenticity, why should that be news; aren’t you already aware of that. Please take a chill,
      Word of Advice,… Get busy.

    • Bide

      July 28, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      God Bless You!

    • Engoz

      July 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      The manner at which Linda reported the issue is crass. Even Ynaija was not that stupid to jump to conclusions, but rather referred to it as an ALLEGED scam and quotes Toyin Aimakhu instead. The use of such language protects websites like Ynaija and Bellanaija. Linda on the other hand was not intelligent enough to use such language to even protect herself while breaking the story and concludes it to be a scam. It is in subsequent updates she begins to use the word ‘alleged’. Maybe someone later advised her. I don’t hate Linda but this is one too many mistakes for the same problem that plagues her brand. She is playing with fire. When will she learn some professional etiquette? What if it turned out not a scam? She would have only exposed herself to a lawsuit.

    • Realist

      July 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Linda!

    • Youngninlove

      July 28, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Anonymous i’m too tired to go to the market. Come let me send you seeing as you’ve got so much free time. #brokenrecord #overfloggingtheissue #jobless

    • Lady P

      July 29, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Dear Anonymous,

      Just to let you know, holding someone accountable does not mean accusing them of scamming. Today that family’s name, honor and integrity was publicly shreded. Well meaning Nigerians were misinformed due to people “jumping to conclusions”.

      Accountability? That’s not was done.

      Public defamation of character. That’s precisely what went down.

  56. Friendy

    July 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    From all the stories from the bloggers, the TRUTH remains that Mayowa is ill and battling for life.
    And as such, neither her family nor herself has given up yet. So, she needs our help (financially & others) to continue the battle.

    In my opinion, Let the DONATION continue while she fights on.

    God, in His Infinite Mercy, the Creator of every soul shall heal her and ease the affairs of her family.

    NB: For generous Donors, never be deterred with this.. or “WHICH OF THE FAVOURS OF YOUR LORD WILL YOU DENY?”

  57. De Duchess

    July 28, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Dear Anonymous,
    Are you all about Linda, people are sharing their objective views and you are going up and down about LIB.
    Please go and meet your remaining colleagues there. Ha’an! What is this one again!

    To Bella Naija,
    this is skillful journalism. I don’t know how others reported it but you took your time to put this out there. I love most of the comments I have read so far.
    Goes to show that a lot of intellectual and open-minded people visit BN.

    I hope that this situation does not further aggravate Mayowa’s health.
    I wish her the best. I wish her family the best.

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Duchess,
      My goal was not to make it about Linda. People need to know that there is also an accountability aspect of fund raising. It is actually our responsibility to follow through on monies donated for a CAUSE such as this (I’m emphasizing a cause such as this because this is different from ‘dashing money to people on the streets who need help’) to avoid stories that touch and so that in future others too can enjoy the benevolence of Nigerians. It is not about the money, and not completely about the present case, but future cases.
      I had followed the case up on other news sources and I was surprised that all the comments here were all about how Linda was heartless etc, forgetting that Linda raised awareness on Mayowa’s case before BN. If people had also taken their time to investigate (which ironically they are accusing Linda of) and not completely rely on Bella Naija then they would have been able to see other angles to the story and why LIB reported it as a scam. LIB stated in her report that people who donated reached out to her and she carried out her investigations.
      We all know LIB to have her failings just as other news sources are wont to. However it is good to always be fair and balanced at ALL times even when dealing with someone you have a bias against.

    • Youngninlove

      July 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      Anonymous Ehen, my market list; I need beef, chicken, snails, banana, shrimps, milk and butter. Thank in advance :p

    • mercy

      July 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Guess anonymous is linda here defending her wrongs,labelling the issue a scam was totally wrong and inhuman,scam or no scam,won’t mind donating my hard earned kobo again,I know people with good hearts will go an extra miles to make a dying loved ones live again,thanks to all kind heartened Nigerians ,May we never find ourself or any of our loved ones in such situation,@mayowa Ahmed,the mighty God ,the maker of heaven and earth will heal you in Jesus name.

  58. keke driver

    July 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Ynaija has a live recording done by Toyin Aimakhu….You can also find it on LIB.
    People are insisting that Her family knew that She prolly wasn’t gonna make it but still insisted on raising funds, the questions that begs for answers are:

    1.. Is She sick? ….(YES)
    2.Does She have Cancer?……(YES)
    3.Is She gon’ make it? (NO ONE’S GOD)
    3.Is this a scam? (?????)

    • Friendy

      July 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      No scam

  59. Benita

    July 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    It better not be a scam because I was so touched and also contributed. Please blogger try to verify before posting

  60. omo ajorosun

    July 28, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    If my loved one was ill and a doctor tells me he or she has only 1% chance of survival, i will take that 1% chance and spend even the last of my penny. I would rather live the rest of my life fighting and trying for that little window of hope, than live the rest of my life wondering what difference could have been made if only i tried and fought harder.

    Isn’t that what you would do for a loved one?.

    I know people who were told they would not survive a disease or ailment they were suffering from but are alive today. I believe in exhausting all options available before giving up. I always take my chances in life.

    Besides, why would i trust the report of a doctor who could not detect the cancer for a long time but is all of sudden confident that she won’t survive the disease?

    • Mr. Egghead

      July 28, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      @omo ajorosun
      because cancer detection is tricky business but once we have a firm diagnosis, we are able to predict prognosis based on models that exist.

    • Anonymous Number 1 million

      July 29, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Mr Egghead, your ‘prognosis prediction models’ are not perfect science. Novel cancer therapies and trials are coming up every day. Never say never when it comes to cancer

  61. Hadiza

    July 28, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Our sociality is proper mess up , as the bible said because of things like this the love of many will wax cold …. The buttom line is a woman is very sick even if it’s scam … That woman is help … How do u guys think she will feel after all this even if she gets better how will she face the sociality again … And Linda … Smh big time for her , reason I stopped years ago to go to her blog , LIB that’s a very wrong way to go about it … Scam or not I loved Nigerians more because of their responses to this case … God will never allow me and my family case be a case of public opinion … Amen

    • Ty

      July 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Big Amen to that… when u need the help of man, they will come back to haunt u and bash u for it… May God not allow us go public for funds dt our life depends on… amen…

  62. Deep Soul

    July 28, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Dear Anonymous,

    You are obviously Linda.
    You are such a huge disappointment
    To think I once loved you and what you represented
    The hermes bag saga disappointed me but I excused you as being human.
    But this right here is on another level.
    The level of bile from your headline alone was enough to jolt me.
    How dare you!
    To think your blog is the most visited site on my phone, I’m disappointed in myself. That changes today

    Having been scammed in the past, I am never moved by any story.
    But there was something about Mayowa’s video that tugged at my heart.
    I’m almost certain this is no scam, just some misunderstanding and miscommunication
    Dear Mayowa, I pray you find strength – the type that passes all human understanding and I pray your family has the courage to weather this hurricane.

    May God be with you

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Sorry to disappoint you. I AM NOT LINDA and have no reason to lie about it. Its so difficult to believe that someone can actually be objective around here. You are not that deep a soul it seems.
      Believe what you will but I do not care if I am the lone wolf here. People should have given LIB the benefit of the doubt also. She is not STUPID all the time.

    • Deep Soul

      July 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Dear Linda,

      You miss the point.
      Nobody is saying you should not have reported it.
      It is the MANNER in which it was reported – so inhumane and without any iota of objectivity.

      You call this being objective.
      Take off your Linda-tinted glasses for a second and you’ll see why some of us are so mad.

      Bellanaija passed the same information that you did. But in a more dignified manner, with respect to the Ill girl and with OBJECTIVITY!

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      A little more disclosure here.
      My curiosity was piqued when I went to the gofundme page and saw that donations had been closed. I wondered why. Although the initial goal was $100,000; I read that letter from Emory very well. $100,000 will just be scratching the surface for the amount of money actually required for treatment. Correct me if I’m wrong, but donations on gofundme can exceed and have been known to surpass the goal amount. I was actually upset that donations to the Mayowa were stopped. Ahn ahn what were the organizers thinking? I Kept reading and following up on the story only to discover this.
      If we use these social media platforms to raise awareness for good, let’s also expect them to respond when there are allegations of a scam. Linda did investigate before reporting. Her crime was not publishing everything at once.
      I am not condemning Linda like everyone else because I read up on the Mayowa case elsewhere. I am just shocked that people are going on and on about LINDA because they were silly enough to depend on Bella Naija solely for news.
      I am “carrying it on m head” (to borrow Nigerian parlance) because other people will need help and family members need to learn the right way to go about things. If you want PUBLIC help, you kinda have to give up your PRIVACY and give full disclosure so that accusations like this do not fly later. People need to learn to be careful. You can’t handle public donations the way you would run personal finances sorry.
      Again. I pray for Mayowa and wish her all the best as my heart has always been with her from the onset. I am just upset with her family for not going about this the right way. Stop making this about LINDA and her perceived heartlessness.

    • Hadiza

      July 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Can you stop bong defensive … A woman , sister daughter is very ill and all you do is defend Linda … Can you just stop … Even if it’s a scam , can’t you see with your eyes that she us dying , Is That a scam too , there is just a misunderstanding and miscommunication btw the public and the family members , and the family just needed money to use in any option that they can get to make her better , at this stage the family will make mistake in decision making etc cos no body is expert is knowing what to do when family member is ill
      Pls just stop , I don’t care if you r Linda or not just b sensitive … We r talking about a life here

    • Observer

      July 28, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      This can never be Linda, this one writes so well

    • Yiil

      July 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Lmaooooooo at this one. Ouch. Well she’s anonymous but let’s call her Linda,….so well but so long and going on and on and on about linda aka herself.

    • Observer

      July 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      What is paining you now? Ok are you Laura then? She writes slightly better than her sister

    • Police

      July 28, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      @Deep Soul. Please excuse her once again. She is still human. All men are imperfect. Only God is perfect.

      I also think Linda is Anonymous. The personal ring to the comments and responses betray her.

      Linda, next time try not to say things like “I am not Linda and I am not related to her”. It’s a dead give away.

      Please learn from this experience and grow. You made a mistake. Your choice of words were hurtful. Learn the lessons and move on. The more you’re trying to defend yourself, the more heartless and ugly you seem.


  63. Dr Bunmi

    July 28, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    All the people screaming at Linda Ikeji. A story broke that a fellow lady was dying. A foundation and an actress helping to raise the fund were involved. Even Genny Nnaji had it on her instagram handle. A life is at stake. It takes an unsual level of discernment to say it is a scam when your heart is telling you to help.
    Fact : Muyiwa still needs help.
    Unclear: A family member tried to help or play a fast one. They may not have had their facts straight and probably didnt do their homework,
    Fact: They should have worked very closely with a known foundation
    Fact: The large sum of money can confuse some people and bring out all sorts of characters.
    Fact: Mayowa is innocent of all these. She is lying on a bed helpless right now!!!
    Every single one of you condemning, what have you done practically for Mayowa?
    Have you prayed, like you would pray for yourself if you were sick????
    If not, shut up and pray you never experience this sort of attack!!!!!!!!!!

  64. kili

    July 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I pray this is just misinformation and miscommunication, because if it’s true, Nigerians will never ever buy into this idea of #savesomebody again, and I feel so sorry for those who will genuinely need help I TRULY TRULY WISH IT’s NOT A SCAM.

  65. Ruth

    July 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Evening everyone. I know that it is very natural to be upset, if this is a scam, but think about it, If you knew in your heart that you were giving it for a good cause, then why don’t you live it to God to fight for you. Our focus should be on praying for Mayowa’s speedy recovery. Remember it was God that gave you the money to donate. The same God will give it back to you in a million fold.
    P.S: (I am not saying, you should give foolishly, make sure you are led by the spirit of God and also pray before you give. It works a lot).

  66. Meg

    July 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    We would just hope for the best for her no matter what. I would also want to urge everyone to be calm and pray for her because this is not just something we rant about, and we should also choose the kinds of words or phrases we use. God bless us all

  67. Anonymous

    July 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I wonder if anyone else noticed this. After I donated on, I kept tracking the page, just to keep up with the story. When I donated, the donor count less than 2000, with about $79,000. At some point, I checked and I saw about $104,000. People were still donating, and the count was still less than 3000. I have never used previously so I didn’t even know it was possible to stop donations. Again, I checked later that day, thinking it would be even higher, but I was surprised to see less than $100,000 again. People kept donating and eventually, the campaign was closed at $100,000. Not trying to fuel the story or anything. But did anyone else notice this? And is this normal?

    • Anonymous

      July 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      I noticed it too, which is why I kept going back for updates, hoping and praying that she would exceed the goal amount of $100000 and I saw that she did. Next thing, it was back to $94K or thereabouts, next thing campaign organizer had closed donations. I was like what kind of rookie organizer is this one. The person my heart goes out to here is Mayowa; clearly her family was ill advised

    • Yiil

      July 28, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Linda please go to the market. I’m hungry.

  68. Tiffany

    July 28, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    sad,sad, sad

  69. Bukz

    July 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! If our government can’t help us, then let’s help ourselves. If few Nigerians can raise over N65 million in few weeks, then we can build ourselves the best oncology hospital in the world! Yes, we can!! Instead of wasting money on owambes, latest clothing, cars… Let’s do something good for ourselves! I hope I have people that are as angry as I am right now and are ready for change. Don’t wait till cancer takes a loved one away again, do something now!

    • GeekChique

      July 28, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      @Bukz You are correct. Why don’t you spearhead the project?

    • Bukz

      July 28, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      I’m thinking of it already, I’m sick and tired of situations like this, what’ll you expect from a president that don’t even trust the country healthcare system and went to UK because of ear infection.

    • Nora

      July 29, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      I’m in support of this. We however need to work with a hospital already established, preferably a Government hospital. I’ve been in talks for it for a few years with some other interested people. Start a hashtag and lead this, I’ll join you and bring seasoned medical staff who feel the same way about it.

  70. Banke Meshida lawal

    July 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you BN for this. I was quite disheartened to hear the accusations flying, with the whole story being tagged as a scam. Whatever it is, Mayowa is indeed very Ill and needs help. Those who gave Donations did it in good faith and HOPE. Let us all take a moment to think before cursing and damning her Family members…. No one will leave their child/sibling to die even if the cancer is stage 10!!! Wishing her Gods favor and Strength as she faces her treatment……

    • koj

      July 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Well said @Banke Meshida Lawal. No one will ever wants their family member to die even if the doctor say “there is no hope”

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  72. kkk

    July 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Where exactly are they taking to? America or Abu Dhabi

  73. Soraya

    July 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I feel so sorry for Mayowa but the truth is that the $100,000 the family have raised won’t be enough in the US. ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat if it reaches stage 4! Poor Mayowa

  74. FAXIE

    July 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    This is too sensitive to be reported as a scam. If you donated, It was because of your compassion for a fellow human being. Don’t let people make you feel bad by calling it a scam, your ultimate reward is in HEAVEN. kindly continue to put Mayowa and her Family in your prayers. May the will of God prevail. AMEN

  75. Teju TJ

    July 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What does it matter if she is going to America or Abu Dhabi? What difference does the country of treatment make? This woman is ill and her family members are looking for the best possible option for her. Is that a crime?

    BN thanks for reporting this story in the manner in which you did. I know I was very disappointment and heartbroken at the way it was reported else where. You have in me, a loyal follower of your blog.

    • When

      July 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Don’t be stupid. It matters. If I come to meet you for money for school knowing that I was going to use it for a clothing business, I have scammed you. Mayowa needs help. She is sick. But have you realized that the 100,000 dollars would not have been enough to treat the cancer? Now 30 million Naira was also raised in addition to the $100,000 which would have gone a long way in commencing her treatment.
      Why block the go fund me when she can get all the money she needs for the treatment, considering people are willing to contribute more?
      Why did the money in the go fund me keep reducing?
      Also why bar Toyin and the NGO from seeing her? Considering the role they played in sourcing for the funds.
      Why are they now mentioning Dubai? Why?!!!
      The key here is accountability.
      Mayowa needs help but it seems her family was not ready to go all the way for her. No one blames Mayowa, but something is not right here.

    • Teju TJ

      July 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Foolish when. You are an idiot…seeing as you can’t pass your point without being insulting, let me stoop to your level a little bit. if you read what I said, you will comprehend that I stated the country of treatment is irrelevant. If I come to you for 500k for school to pay for a private university in Nigeria and you give me the money but I end up going to a public school for whatever reason (Perhaps, 500k will not sustain me for 4 years in a private school but with a public school, i’ll at least have a shot at 3 years) have I scammed you? No.

      Now, utilize your brain and look at the scenario you gave. How does someone going to Abu Dhabi for treatment as opposed to Atlanta correlate with asking for school fees and then doing business. Please is Mayowa going to play in Abu Dhabi? ‘When’ fellow, please use your common sense.

    • When

      July 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Teju tj I said don’t be stupid and I got ‘foolish’ ‘idiot’ and so much more. Thank you. I stand by my points. Mayowa deserves to live, and Nigerians have gone above and beyond to show love to her. It is only expected that those managing her request for funds keep the general public updated. It make people want to entrust more. What I am against is the seeming inconsistency in the plans of those managing Mayowa’s request. If you don’t want to take her to the USA, it is cool. If you decide to treat her here, it’s cool but be accountable becaus it is no longer a personal matter.
      I don’t report how I spend my allowance on Bella Naija neither am I always accountable to my folks, but, when I need more money, it is important to give an account to my folks explaining how I spent the previous allowance and what the addition is meant for. If Bella Naijarian were responsible for my allowance then I owe it to you all to give an account of my spending.
      Mayowa does not need this drama. She needs peace, love and strength and I would hate for her to be cheated. I would hate for her not to get the best treatment possible because of the greed of a family member.
      You will be surprised at how dark the heart of man can be.

    • Mr. Egghead

      July 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Teju TJ, it matters a lot.
      When you’re dealing with another person’s money, you have to maintain the highest degree of transparency. Isn’t that the reason we demand same from our public officials
      If I come with a plea that I need money to plant tomatoes, and then use the received money pay my son’s school fees, that is not dishonesty but is also not transparent.

    • Teju TJ

      July 28, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      There is no disputing that transparency matters. What I said is, what does it matter is she is going to Abu Dhabi as opposed to Atlanta? She isn’t going to play, she is going to seek medical treatment. Isn’t that the reason people donated money to her? So she could seek better healthcare else where right?
      I don’t see how tomatoes and school fees aligns with Mayowa going to receive treatment in Abu Dhabi as opposed to treatment in Atlanta. Have you thought about the distance from Nigeria to Abu Dhabi in relation to Nigeria to Atlanta? Did you may be think that the distance has a role to play in their decision making process?
      Not to mention the cost. I don’t know but Abu Dhabi may pose as the cheapest and safest choice. A choice in which, all the funds she received will be enough to sustain her overall treatment and recovery charges. America is very expensive o.
      Again, irrespective of where she goes, all that matters is that she receives proper healthcare which we have all established cannot be in Nigera.
      Yes, people donated money to her but you can’t really expect the people in charge of the funds to give you minute by minute updates on their every move and analysis. Should they give a detailed account on how the money was spent? Yes. Absolutely. However, should we have a deciding power on what type of treatment she receives and where she receives the said treatment because we donated $10 or $5000? Absolutely not.

  76. Hadiza

    July 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I think at this point … Well meaningful Nigerians should talk about this matter and clear the story and clear Mayowa of this messed up … She is in the event industry so I call on all event association to Spoke up , all woman association to speak too … She is a woman and I sickness is woman related … Thanks Banke of bmpro , apponmn should speak , nhn should speak , Funke shirked speak , u guys r voice to people listen to , First Ladies should speak too … As for Linda , just shot your month for once

  77. Vivian

    July 28, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    …But if everyone who has a terminally ill family member asks the public for donations then we will all be headed nowhere as a society. The family should’ve put all the information out there and let people decide for themselves whether they would give or not. Withholding crucial information about a patient diagnosis is usually what results in situations like this. Even in hospitals, there are priorities. If a patient prognosis does not look good, they do not keep spending resources on that patient, instead those resources are saved for someone with a better fighting chance. There would be other sick people in the future with way higher survival chances that this whole situation would have prevented from receiving public donations. People would henceforth become wary of campaigns like this.

    There is a reason people are taken off life support after a certain period of time…of course you could keep them alive on machines because you love them and don’t want to let go, but who does that help?

    • anonymous

      July 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      no one kept any information. it was out there from the first that she was already in stage 4. so what are u saying.

  78. Enazcreativity

    July 28, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Just lost of words. See the story of the family about Mayowa. People are really passing through lot. This people. Never gave up, spending money on hospital bill can be frustrating talk less of taking the person from one hospital to d other.
    My main focus is on Nigeria doctors. Wrong diagnosis killing so many people in this country. May God save Nigeria

  79. tee

    July 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    please just a question, can the family members sue linda ikeji?…cos im willing to help them with this

  80. Iyaloja central

    July 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    This story is 2 ways. It is not a scam per say because the said Mayowa is actually sick and her family actually have hope to save her life thus the fund appeal, what I think was wrong was them not stating the true situation to us all. They should have been open to tell us that they needed a 2nd options not that the hospital has already approved her surgery and she can go. No airline will ever agree to carry her in this state sef.
    Then, everyone is calling Nigerian i toes incapable, do you all realize how complexe medicine is? Even in the westerns world, experts always have to diagnose and mis-diagnose until they get it right! They are not magicians. Different anatomy and diff symptoms it presents.

    That said- I wish Mayowa recovery and if it’s her time to go, I wish her a peaceful exit.

  81. Anonymous the Second

    July 28, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I have never commented on BN before but I think I have to. I am not Linda Ikeji. Let us examine this.

    from the comments, i think we are all clear that Linda put up the issue of raising money for the Mayowa babe (God bless her, Mayowa I mean) up first before BN or other people. Indeed, I don’t follow her blog closely but I think this is not the first time she has helped raise money for someone that was seriously ill. In short, what I am trying to say is, she has obviously helped before, and based on people’s antecedents, we can deduce that she was trying to help.

    Now, I have listened to the voicenotes and read up on this issue, it is clear that the people screaming that it was a scam are the very people that brought Mayowa’s case to our attention in the first place. The people that are actually, and literally on ground at LUTH and have first hand knowledge of ALL the facts. These are the people that brought it to Linda’s attention which she then accordingly brought to the people’s attention. If you listen to Toyin Aimahku’s voicenote which BN has refused to put up, you will have a clearer understanding of what is going on. The lady that actually took her to LUTH was so upset as well. In my opinion, this gives them a vested interest in the matter. There’s already enough positive ‘popularity’ from touting the cause what additional ‘popularity’ can you gain from tarnishing it. I am confused!

    Now to the people saying, a family will want to save irregardless of medical opinion. That is correct, but from all indications that doesnt seem to be the correct position in this scenario. Peep this, in her VN, toyin said the brother asked her and other well-meaning people to leave the room. who does that to someone that just helped you to raise money? Clearly, a dubious character. Apparently, the whole thing unraveled when the family heard that the government was likely to get involved….which would then cause them to be accountable. Also, the issue around the go fund me page, clearly 100,000 dollars was not the goal from the emory mails, why then close it at 100,000 ? Emory and 100,000 is catchy, make the money and then, wham…lets ‘cash-out’.

    Now, finally, to those bashing Linda. I think it is quite unfair. It is quite easy to say what everyone wants to hear. it is actually harder to give the cold hard truth, believe me there is no one that doesnt like being liked. This was a case of a family who Knew that a person was beyond saving, and then some mischievous character (i suspect the banker brother) then saw an opportunity to make some quick cash off of the situation. Most of us would have done the same in a similar situation. There is nothing worse than being duped emotionally, it causes you to want to lash out at the person who duped you.

    it’s easy to form let’s be balanced and not take a position on issues. Journalism all over the world is tinted by personal bias. Peep NBC/CNN vs Fox news.

    Anyway what do i know? just my 2 cents! I wish Mayowa well!

    • Yiil

      July 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm

      You’ve never commented before so we should pay more attention you your comment? Okay. P.S we know you’re anonymous the first aka linda.

    • Dhoney22002

      July 29, 2016 at 4:55 am

      Anon the 2nd. $100,000 is the deposit. The hosp will then be dipping their hands into it for daily bills and all sorts. At the end of the treatment, if there is any change left, they will pay it back to mayowa’s family. Please read the letter from Emory well. Anyways, I understand u well. Instead of admitting we MAY have been duped emotionally #notworryaboutthemoney# #iwillnotwanttobeinmayowa’splacerightnowfor£200million# we try to justify it by saying they are trying not to give up. I completely support them if this is what they r doing. However……… if truly it is a scam then shame on them. This is not going to stop me from helping whoever needs my help in the future. God bless us all with good health and alafia (whatever that means in English)

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      July 29, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Since you mentioned the Ynaija interview. I will break it down the way i heard it. 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.

  82. Police

    July 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    BN. Please why are some comments suddenly disappearing. Not nice. Not nice at all.

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  84. Fina

    July 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I have never had confidence in Lagos hospitals, not with all the stories I’ve been hearing of ugly ordeals from them. Please advice people to visit University College Hospital, Ibadan. Doctors there are more thorough, muti-disciplinary team work is superb, and co. They’re not perfect though, no one is. Praying for Mayowa and her family. God’s grace through these hard times. Amen!

  85. debimpe

    July 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Hmmmm, I think the word SCAM is what is causing the confusion, it’s not a scam, the young lady is actually very sick but something is fishing, there is something the family members re not telling Nigerians, nevertheless let’s not stop praying for mayowa, let the will of God be done, God is still God, anything can happen, she might live to tell her story, Pls this should not stop us all from helping people that sincerely need this type of help in the future. I don’t know what condition this young woman called mayowa is, the fact is I am not happy at all, I so feel for her, police should Pls let her family give her all d support she needs, don’t detain her loved ones, don’t detain those giving her high hopes Pls, weather scam or not allow her put her mind at rest, I have not given up on you mayowa, God is over everything, it’s well….

  86. Cocovi

    July 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    It d shameless blind companies going to linda for advert i blame.bella if dis companies come to u charge dem higher

  87. Pearl

    July 28, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Linda ikeji na God go judge yu. If it was your sister am sure yu will make possible plams to heal her…yu will look for external help…when doctors ain’t God. Toyin please don’t spoil the good work yu had done by saying all these. People still want to help their sick sibling. It’s well

    • Ngbabe

      July 29, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Linda may God continue to bless you because you did not do anything wrong here. May God almighty heal Mayowa and restore her to use all this brouhaha as her testimony AMEN.

  88. Kikelola

    July 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    This is why I refrain from donating to crowd funding schemes, you never can be sure it’s legitimate.

  89. Adeola Ojeniyi

    July 29, 2016 at 1:00 am

    It is unfortunate that we can practice this level of crass journalism because there are no laws. How can you publish the medical record of a person on your site. It is beyond disgusting. You practically sent her a little earlier to her grave. I have not taken to much time to read the level of self glorification going on. Why are people donating or going around to this lady? Are you torched in your heart or you were doing notice me. If she has made a fraudulent claim why don’t you leave her to her God. Why do you need to pile on this sick lady and you are making it look like she wants to go and buy a car with the money. Will anyone exchange that money for her sickness. Some fake actors and actresses were making it look like , it was there gestures alone that raised the money. Let this lady be and may God intervene in her situation

    • Dhoney22002

      July 29, 2016 at 5:00 am

      Don’t be harsh on BN, only trying to clarify some issues for us. If LIB had done this in the 1st place, Nigerians who supported #gofundmayowa won’t be divided.

  90. me

    July 29, 2016 at 1:17 am

    May every confusion and rage surrounding Mayowa Ahmed’s health fizzle out, and God in your mercy and grace cure her and put her family at ease. IJN Let clarity reign and peace be restored to all those who have contributed positively to her life.

    The devil is a liar, The focus must remain on Mayowa, Blaming, name calling is not the way forward. Luth doctors can heal but it is God that cures. May the right kind of help get to her speedily via the right hands and channel, and please God let only good come out of this story.

  91. me

    July 29, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Toyin Aimakhu, a big thank you for all your efforts, to those who have been in such plights you do not know how watching that video gave them hope. Don’t be dampened in spirits because of all the allegations. You sure did make Mayowa’s day.

  92. Innocent Azubuko

    July 29, 2016 at 6:18 am

    This blogsite is not some sort of investigation room or courtyard where proofs, evidence, witnesses and statements are exhibited.. Publishing all those personal documents and unverified information were wrong and not necessary.. Even the donors aren’t complaining, so why are they taking panadol for another man’s headache..?

    The present state of the bedridden victim is so sensitive and shouldn’t be any form of gossips and uncertainties.. This is an intense health issue for God knows.. How on earth can Linda be so mean and carefree about such..?

    Our primary concern is the recuperation of the diseased. Nothing more, nothing less, after which they could file a case of their own misconception if they bloody wish to. Arrant nonsense!

  93. Innocent Azubuko

    July 29, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Her blogsite is not some sort of investigation room or courtyard where proofs, evidence, witnesses and statements are exhibited.. Publishing all those personal documents and unverified information were wrong and not necessary..

    Scam or no scam, for now it should not be the bone of contention.. Linda mustn’t go too far to prove her points. Even the donors aren’t complaining, so why are they taking panadol for another man’s headache..?

    The present state of the bedridden victim is so sensitive and shouldn’t be in any form, gossips and uncertainties.. This is an intense health issue for God knows.. How on earth can Linda be so mean and carefree about such..?

    Our primary concern is the recuperation of the diseased. Nothing more, nothing less, after which they could file a case of their own misconception if they bloody wish to. Arrant nonsense!

  94. Funbi

    July 29, 2016 at 8:09 am

    In my opinion, Toyin Aimakhu tried by calling out to Nigerians and with her voice and the money was raised. For the same person that spearheaded the fundraising to go back to the same hospital where she cried out to fellow Nigerians with the police we should know there must be something behind that which we have listened to from her interview with ynaija. She said it that Mayowa is truly sick but why will her family decide that they don’t want to see anyone again even Toyin Aimakhu? The fundraising was public, almost everyone got to know about it so why did they come up with “we don’t want to see anyone again” to me I’ll say that was so uncalled for. Even if you don’t want to see the whole world again not people that were there for you when you needed help the most. Even if Toyin never dropped a dime, what she dropped was more than 1000s of dime. She could have given the family 100k 500k or even 1M and just forget about the case but she called out to everyone believing that a drop of water makes a mighty ocean. No one should blame her for saying she was used to scam Nigerians. Because the only way she could have verified the truth is with the family and if the so called family now say they don’t want to see her again what do you expect her to believe. If this whole thing is actually confirmed to be a scam, will she or any other celeb involve themselves in such case again……hell no because it’s we Nigerians that will kill them even before they die.


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  96. Odun

    July 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Toyin should have gotten to the root before crying for all to see. Problem we have as Nigerians is we are not inquisitive and most read and listen to half told stories. We fail to ask questions and get our facts right. Didn’t she talk to the doctors at luth initially? The level of love she shower the babe hain, she should be able to defend any falsehood about the girl’s story. Now they start Real life season film for us.

  97. Ruky

    July 29, 2016 at 11:24 am

    I really did not want to comment because it is such a sensitive topic, but I want to be honest and let you know that this lady is dying. The money gathered should be used for palliative care, and fulfilling her last wishes before joining the lord. I believe in God, but I also believe in medical science and clinical experience. I have seen very young adults who comes to the ED, and die within weeks from acute liver failure, however, she has ovarian and breast cancer, and hopefully it hasn’t spread to her bone marrow. If the cancer does not kill her first, then the treatment will, because it will be aggressive. In addition, All test would be rerun which would cause delay in treatment since it takes a couple of days for biopsies to be resulted. Yes, I understand the family wish to get a second opinion, and I would encourage it, because the Nigerian medical system failed them so much. However, I will tell you this now. If it is confirmed to be malignant, then i believe nothing can be done at this stage,and they will be making a tough decision with the palliative doctor.

  98. Zainab

    July 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Mayowa could be anybody. … even if its a scam to raise the money. we all watched the video and we all saw a person dieing and beging to be saved. Because it not you, you can say it a scam. I didn’t donate any penny cus am not rich in cash but am rich at heart and it melted when I watched the dieing lady beging for another Chance to live. So no need to scam my heart cus I will gladly give in prayers for you to survive this and every other hidden Mayowa all around the world.

  99. The real dee

    July 29, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I guess someone in Mayowa’s family is reading this. Please if Mayowa hasn’t given her life to Christ yet, tell her to surrender her life to Christ, ask God for forgiveness of all her sins and ask for mercy upon her soul.
    Being on the hospital bed myself right now, having been taken to ER and now stabilizing, despite Doctors initially trying to put fear in me, P. S American doctors can be alarmist sometimes, i realized that nothing beats good health and where that isn’t present, nothing beats STRONG, UNSHAKABLE faith in God. So Mayowa, even if death comes, know that heaven is a better place. I told the devil, you are a loser, in life or death I win because I have Jesus. So in life or death, with Jesus, Mayowa you are a winner.

  100. Annonymous the third

    July 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    I have been following this story very closely and like it was pointed out,a lot of things dont add up.Fact REMAINS mayowa has got probably incurable cancer but palliated cancer and needs HELP ;financial or otherwise.
    Nigerians and those outside nigeria have rallied around her and so DESERVE regular update as other people who have used go fund in the past has done.
    KATE HENSHAW did question the irregularities in seeking the funds on her instagram page couple of days back so like a lot good hearted nigerians needed more INFO.
    How this has suddenly turned into cyber hate for Linda baffles me,she did report these in its infancy stage and like every blogger reported the concerns when it arose and has subsequently updated the latest gist again.
    We are so quick to lose all reasoning and turn issues(more esp when its already made public ) into an cyber attack on people we feel dont deserve the wealth they have or pple we actually do ENVY aka LINDA.
    I personally cried the day I came across her story and went to her go fund page and like it was pointed out,the money surpassed its targets and on subsequent visit had gone down again.I was following up her story,hoping her target will be reached on time for her to commence treatment early and I hoped it would exceed just so she has more in case its needed.
    Remember,Micheal that Kate henshaw campainged for ,Hope foundation was constantly updating pple on the progress and I have been getting regular updates in my email abt micheal months after the target was reached and also they have been hinting on what they migt still solicit fund for so kind hearted pple are kept in the loop of things and can act when required.
    Now why am I ranting,we need transparency in whatever PUBLIC endeavour we commence.same way we want our leaders being accountable.
    Why are emory records depicting conversations not related to a medical doctor review of the investigations and her history as well as a formal acceptance of her case being posted ,wht sudden change of plan to dubai and for those that says it doesnt matter.IT DOES MATTER because we have not being carried along.they have come out to th public for support in taking mayowa to Atlanta,USA.I feel tha same public deserves an update on sudden change of plan which might be in Mayowas interest but we deserve an update.
    I can go on and on and on but enough said ,we shall await as ut unfolds but I do wish her the best and may the HEALING MESSAIH take control.

    • Kdj

      July 30, 2016 at 1:18 am

      My thoughts exactly!

  101. Kdj

    July 30, 2016 at 1:13 am

    What a crass and dumb comment, “Yoruba or Benin witches and wizards”, how many of those have you seen in your life?

  102. Kdj

    July 30, 2016 at 1:47 am

    I do not blame Linda, Toyin, and the said Organization for how they behaved, their credibility was on the line, they are public figures for crying out loud. I wouldn’t expect them to help campaign for funds and not be accountable to the public for how the money was spent. I want to believe that if the family in question had been more transparent, there would be no need for accusations and counter accusations. We all have a right to our opinions, but I want us to be objective here, yes they are acting out of love for their sister, but public funds is involved here, some really didn’t have much but they gave anyway, the appeal was for the USA, now it is Dubai, and this is the first time we are hearing that it is stage 4 cancer. I believe that if they had made these facts available from the onset some people may not have given, because now such people are feeling like they’ve been mislead. That is not to say that other people wouldn’t have given regardless of what stage her cancer is, Just saying!

  103. Oma

    July 30, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Hateful comments. Investigators. Insults. When will all this end? Even the little time we take to construct this writeups, can be used to say a little pray for Mayowa! You can imagine heavens gate been flooded with our prayers and tears……….lets not loose the essence of our being! #prayforMayowa#

  104. foluke

    August 2, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    i just Have my 2 cents to put in this Matter. They say 2 wrongs dont make it right. I believe the family is aware of the stage of Cancer and leaning to abit of hope in saving their Sister, there is no wrong in that and that is great I applaud them for that. The problem I had with them is when Linda Ikeji (whom I think writes before she goes in her closet to think) said it was a scam, they acted in a way that makes the whole case look suspicious even when they were not scamming us. You dont just go off on one of your advocate for fund like that, you obviously look like you hiding from something even though you are not. I happen to be in the medical profession and I have had Patients with Cancer once it is past stage Ib no surgeries can be done only Radiotherapy and chemotherapy( depending on type of cancer). I am here in Atlanta and I know Emory Clinic, Ovarian cancer is one of the cancer that you do not make diagnosis except it is too late. For Her Cancer to be a stage 4 with metastasis to Liver this is disturbing, I will tell you the truth you can travel far and wide to get your sister care it is only going to be Palliative care to manage her symptoms. No one will be treating the Cancer. What I will want you to do is use the fund for her Palliative treatment in Nigeria or wherever. It is beyond the Doctors now. And spend the rest of her time with her, at this stage with chemo/radiotherapy treatment you might lose her faster than you imagine. Just enjoy the rest of her days with her it can be days, month, years or decades.

    Toyin Aimakhu I know you were treated some type of way Please Forgive, I think it is just due to the anger of about losing someone in an effort to save the person you are told it is a scam, I would or might do worse than the family in situation like that. I don’t think they were trying to scam you they were just holding on to the Last straw of faith to save a loved one.


  105. foluke

    August 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm


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