From Odumakin to Chukwuma: Fayemi, Moghalu, Odinkalu, others mourn late activists

Innocent Chukwuma activist and Ford Foundation director is dead

Notable Nigerians have taken to social media to mourn late activists geared by the death of former West Africa director of Ford Foundation Innocent Chukwuma.

Mr Chukwuma, also an activist, died late Saturday of blood cancer, same day a co-activist and spokesman of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Yinka Odumakin died of complications arising from COVID-19.

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi tweeted on Sunday: “Still distraught from Yinka Odumakin’s demise, Bisi and I woke up to the most devastating shock of Innocent Chukwuma’s death. Inno was an outstanding colleague and friend from our days at the barricades. Our thoughts are with Josephine and the children. May he rest in peace.”

Former presidential candidate Kingsley Moghalu tweeted: “I am devastated, yet again this weekend after Yinka Odumakin’s death, by that of my friend and younger brother Innocent Chukwuma, Regional Director of @FordFoundation for West Africa. Nigeria, West Africa, Ford Foundation, and of course his family, have lost a great man.”

A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Chidi Odinkalu, who is a longtime associate of Chukwuma also paid tribute on Twitter.

He wrote: “Just a matter of months: Anyakwee Nsirimovu, Wisdom Durueke, Yinka Odumakin, Innocent Chukwuma.

“A generation of selfless struggle & sacrifice.”

Other notable persons who paid tributes on social media include presidential aide Tolu Ogunlesi, a former director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms Joe Abah, actress Kate Henshaw among others.