A girl who came scored all A’s in last years West African Senior School Certificate Examination in Enugu State has died after losing a battle with cancer.
Chisom Chukwuneke, 17, as she was known, passed away in South Africa, where she went to receive treatment after she was diagnosed of blood cancer or leukaemia.
Her death was disclosed by the Principal of Graceland College, Douglas Ifeanyi Uzochukwu, where she graduated from.
“I’m not her father. I can’t speak much on that but she passed on from leukemia after prolonged treatment in South Africa,” he added.
In a statement posted on the school’s Facebook page, he wrote: “Forever in our hearts! Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint you left in our Hall of Fame. A truly outstanding student! Rest In Peace Chisom!”
A man known as Prof. Felix Chukwuneke, believed to be the deceased father also wrote a tribute on Facebook: “It was just like a dream but the realities are crystal now. Just a pain on the leg that snowballed to a devastating episode, the battle started earnestly. I hear you call, ‘daddy my leg is paining me’. I watch as you lie abed with pain,” he said in a long tribute to the deceased.
“As restless and worried as I can be, I promised to do everything humanly possible. With glaring poor health care in Nigeria, off we went to South Africa. We were happy at your initial recovery not knowing the war was just to begin.”
“We fought it together for more than a year in SA. You were an embodiment of intelligence of inestimable value. Above all, an indefatigable personality, courageous in the face of glaring uncertainty. You were strong, philosophical.”