#YNaija2016Review: #SaveMayowaAhmed, Olajumoke Orisaguna, #TheOtheRoom … See the top 10 stories on YNaija in 2016

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The year 2016 was a dramatic year filled with interesting, funny, and sometimes outright bizarre events.

From the stories of survivors of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East to the grass-to-grace rise of Olajumoke Orisaguna, a bread seller turned model, 2016 brought up its highs and lows.

There were celebrity squabbles. Marriages were on the rocks, just as one man tried to give the Nigeria Police Force a good image in the eyes of the citizenry.

Here are the top ten stories on YNaija in the year 2016:

1. The Platform/Peter Obi

On October 1, 2016, the whole of social media was agog with the name of one man, Peter Obi.

The former governor of Anambra, who was one of the speakers at the Independence edition of governance and nation building summit, The Platform gave an epoch-making speech, that set the country on its edge.

During his speech, Obi who spoke on ‘Wastage in governance’, gave different instances on how he had to cut off unnecessary expenses when he was governor.

2. Mayowa Ahmed/Toyin Aimhaku

The case of Mayowa Ahmed, a patient of ovarian cancer was one YNaija followed from start to finish.

A hashtag, #SaveMayowa was created as a fund account was opened on her behalf to ensure she stayed alive.

Mayowa’s case was trailed with so much controversy, as actress Toyin Aimhaku, who was one of those who brought the case to the limelight, accused Mayowa’s family of “scamming” her. As events unfolded, the founder of an NGO, Lifestake Foundation, Aramide Kashamu also gave details of how it found out it was a “scam”.

But Mayowa’s family refuted the claims of Aimhaku and Kashamu, stating that there was no truth in it.

In the heat of the moment, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba gave details of its interactions with Mayowa Ahmed and her family.

Following the allegation that Mayowa’s family had scammed Nigerians, the Lagos State Police command launched an investigation into the matter. During the cause of the investigation, the police froze the account, which it later unfroze after discovering that nothing fraudulent was done by the Ahmeds.

After the account was unfrozen, Mayowa departed the country. During her time outside Nigeria, popular blogger, Linda Ikeji, who reported that her case was a scam, admitted that she made a mistake.

Mayowa died on August 21, 2016. As condolence message poured in from across the country, Aimhaku kept mum.

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