Y! Exclusive: ‘How we found out it was a scam’ – NGO behind #SaveMayowa initiative [LISTEN]

Following our exclusive story on the status of the #SaveMayowa initiative, YNaija has an audio recording of actress, Toyin Aimakhu‘s interview with one of our correspondents.

According to her, the initiative may have been a ruse with the intention to scam unsuspecting sympathizers of their hard earned money, YNaija visited Lagos University Teaching Hospital at Idi-Araba.

Speaking to YNaija, the actress said, “They tagged me, she sent a message to me… they said she’s my huge fan saying she had cancer and she needed help and wanted me to come… I showed the doctor the (medical) report and the doctor said ‘which report?’. They said it was a fake report,” she said.

DSC_0021Aramide Kasumu, founder of Lifestake Foundation and one of those who worked to raise funds for the Mayowa Ahmed provided further information about her condition.

“It started from her ovaries and moved to her liver, which gave her liver metastasis. Basically, it is not curable, and if it is curable, it is the just Grace of God. When I got the story, I took it up, and I called the CMD to get her to LUTH. Before she got to LUTH, they were already waiting for her. When I brought her to LUTH, the first thing the doctor said to me is that no airline will carry her, because she is too frail to travel.  Before I brought her to LUTH, she was at home. It was almost as if they (the family) already knew what the case was. You know how the doctors will tell you that the cancer is already in the last stage, let her stay home”.

DSC_0009Lifestake Foundation is a non-profit organization created to assist Nigerians who are in dire need of financial aid for medical purposes explained that .

She continues: “They said they had already called the hospital in America, they needed $100,000. They mailed it to me, I looked at it. It now dawned on me that the hospital in America said treatment is going to cost $3,000 – $30,000 per treatment, and she needed 10-50 treatments. Technically, what she needed was N150 million, but that wasn’t what they raised. All they just picked was the $100,000.

DSC_0030“The hospital also said to them that she needs $1,780 for an invitation. There was no invitation, no visa, nothing! So they already knew what they were doing from the onset.”

Click below to listen to Toyin Aimakhu and Aramide Kasumu below:



  • Photo credit: Hycinth Iyereosa

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