John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman
John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman

The United States mission to Nigeria on Monday mourned the loss of Mandela Washington Fellow, John Paul Usman, who died on June 25 in an accident while hiking near Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

In a statement by the Information Office of the US Consulate General, it was disclosed that he died in Virginia, where he was studying civic leadership as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.

The statement read, “The U.S. Mission to Nigeria and our colleagues in the United States were deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Paul Ojaojogwu Usman. On June 25, John Paul died 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. John Paul was a rising star, devoted to the causes of sustainable development, children’s rights, and peace building 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.

“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.”