Civil society leader, Chukuwuma dies after battling leukaemia
A civil society leader and renowned human rights activist, Innocent Chukwuma is dead.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the 55-year-old West Africa director of Ford Foundation, Chukwuma died on Saturday in Lagos.
Chukwuma was reportedly diagonised with acute Myeloid Leukaemia — aggressive cancer of the blood.
According to TheCable report, Chukwuma was to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday for a fellowship at University of Oxford.
He only discovered just last week that he had leukaemia and it turned out to be an aggressive one.
The UK trip was delayed to enable him celebrate Easter with his family.
Chukwuma joined Ford Foundation as its West Africa representative in 2013.
He was responsible for overseeing grant making in the region, supporting efforts to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities.
He is a globally recognised advocate for human rights and good governance.
Chukwuma was also the founder of Centre for Law Enforcement Education, popularly known as CLEEN Foundation.
CLEEN was the first African nongovernmental organisation to receive the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Chukwuma was also the director, international lobby program, Civil Liberties Organization.
Tributes have continued to pour in for the late civil society leader and renowned human rights activist.
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