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COVID-19: Bereaved urges compassion for victims’ relatives By Cecilia Ologunagba



COVID-19: Bereaved urges compassion for victims’ relatives By Cecilia Ologunagba

By Cecilia Ologunagba

Ms. Joyce Adewumi, sister of one of the Nigerian COVID-19 victims in the United States, called on Nigerians in the diaspora to show compassion to each other, especially relatives of coronavirus victims.

Adewumi, who lost her eldest son, the late Mr. Jonathan Adewumi, to COVID-19, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in New York that COVID-19 has caused havoc and suffering to families the victims.

Jonathan was a popular Nigerian based in the United States, who operated the popular Amarachi restaurant in New York City which attracted many Nigerian celebrities and served as a focal point for Nigerians in the United States.

According to the younger sister, people should have compassion for those who have lost loved ones, adding that it is a difficult time for many people, like never before.

“It’s a tough time for a lot of people; we face the loss of families and friends; we have so much to do during this time.

“So we have to have a little compassion for each other, so that we can go through this together and when this phase is over, we will see a more united community.

“We, the relatives of the victims, are going through a lot right now, but I think we can get away with being there for each other,” she said.

Adewumi, who is a cultural ambassador for the Nigerian Consulate General, said people don’t have to wait to lose someone or contract COVID-19 before believing the pandemic is real.

“I lost my immediate older brother to COVID-19 and we see people dying on my street every day.

“Please protect yourself, the virus is still very much present; now is the time to take more steps to protect yourself.

“We don’t know when this will end but even with the vaccines, keep wearing your masks, use hand sanitizer, and sanitize your tools if you need to.”

She congratulated the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija and consulate officials for organizing a memorial service for Nigerian victims of COVID-19.

She said: “Egopija has proven to us that he has a passion for Nigerians; it made us comfortable and happy.

“The event brought comfort to some of us who have lost loved ones and still grieving, knowing that the Consulate cares about us. We are grateful for this gesture.

Some Nigerians called the late Adewumi, 57, the person many called when they needed to build professional and personal relationships in the United States.

For many, Adewumi united the Nigerian community and made everyone who came to Amarachi Restaurant feel at home.

He was also considered a pioneer, who helped introduce African fabrics into the city’s pop culture in the 1980s and 90s with the founding of Nigerian Fabrics and Fashions, a business he started with his two brothers and sisters. sisters. (NAA)


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