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US Mourns John Paul Usman, Mandela Washington Fellow

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Posted: Jun 27, 2016 at 6:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The United States Mission to Nigeria has expressed sadness over the tragic death of John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman, a Nigerian who was on Mandela Washington Fellowship.

A statement by the US mission in Nigeria said that John Paul 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.

“We extend our deepest condolences to John Paul’s family and friends over this tragic loss,” said the statement, which added that John Paul  “was a rising star, devoted to the causes of sustainable development, children’s rights, and peace building in Nigeria. “

The statement said that John’s selection to the Mandela Washington Fellowship was a tribute to his drive, talent, and dedication to making his country’s civil society even stronger.

One of John Paul’s professional mentors at Virginia Tech put it best, “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.”