The fundraising appeal which started as an honest effort to help the ill cancer patient, Mayowa Ahmed quickly went sour with allegations of scam. Actress Toyin Aimakhu said she was moved by Mayowa’s condition and posted a video on her social media page appealing for funds to assist the cancer patient and as a result many Nigerians responded generously and raised over $100,000 (over 32million naira).
It appears the controversy surrounding the fundraising appeal was due to lack of communication between the family and the public figures such as Toyin and Aramide Kasumu of Life Foundation that got involved in the case. Toyin and Aramide believe they both played a role in raising the funds and were disappointed when the family attempted to exclude them. Aramide said she felt she had the responsibility to inform the public of the status of the case since she appealed for funds for the patient.
Toyin, who initially lashed out on the family after they rejected her request to see Mayowa at the hospital has now apologized and said she probably “overreacted.” Her full statement on the story is below:
In view of the recent happenings around Mayowa Ahmed’s ill health and the many allegations of fraud surrounding the funds raised, it has become imperative that I come clean by stating my side of the story and by implications, set the record straight.
When I got wind of Mayowa’s sickness, I was moved to tears and immediately sought to know how I could help, hence my on-the-spot video which went viral as my genuine intervention.
Indeed, I was overwhelmed by the quick response of well-meaning Nigerians to whom I will forever owe a debt of gratitude.
But all this changed yesterday, Thursday 28th, July, when I went to the hospital in the morning to check as well as follow up on Mayowa. Her brother had told everyone to leave them alone because they wanted privacy. Although I was shocked at the sudden change in attitude, especially the tone of communication, I still did not suspect anything was amiss.
However, on my way out, I received a call from one Aramide Kasumu of Life Stake Foundation, who would later claim the whole Mayowa Ahmed fund raiser was a scam. Importantly, she wanted to know the extent of my involvement and in her words, “so that when they are giving their reports, I would not be roped into it”. She went further to state that the family deceived everyone in the first place by raising funds for Mayowa despite the fact that her case was helpless and the hopes of her survival was near impossible. She seemed to know so much, I reckoned.
Upon hearing this, I was appalled and in a bid to clear my name, I went back to the hospital in palpable anger and demanded explanations from all concerned. Perhaps, I overreacted when I went into a rage of anger over the matter with the CSO. I then alerted the Police PRO, who invited the parties involved to the police command.
I want to state for the record that I have never been a fraud and will never partake in one, not even at this stage of my career (which I hold to heart). All my efforts were strictly on humanitarian grounds without recourse to any pecuniary consideration or the resort to cheap fame.
That said, whatever discomfort my reactions may have cost anyone from any quarters is highly regretted and I take responsibility.
Whilst I wish Mayowa a quick recovery and divine intervention, I want to urge us as a people to continue to exhibit that enviable Nigerian spirit of compassion and generosity and not because of this isolated case cease to be our sister/brother’s keeper. I love you all and thank you.
We wish Mayowa quick recovery.