Nigerian part of 2016 Mandela Fellowship in US dies while hiking

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The United States, U.S, Mission to Nigeria on Monday announced the sudden death of John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman.
Usman reportedly died on June 25 due to an accident while hiking near Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was studying civic leadership as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

A statement by the Public Affairs section of the mission said, “We extend our deepest condolences to John Paul’s family and friends over this tragic loss.”

John Paul was a rising star, devoted to the causes of sustainable development, children’s rights, and peacebuilding in Nigeria.

“His selection to the Mandela Washington Fellowship was a tribute to his drive, talent, and dedication to making his country’s civil society even stronger.

“While his time with us was short, he was well loved. This young man will be remembered fondly as a great citizen ambassador of his country. We mourn his passing.”

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