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University graduate dies few days after thanking bike-rider father for sponsorship


University graduate dies few days after thanking bike-rider father for sponsorship

A devastating incident has struck the family of Joel Felix Akowe, fondly known as Joe Black, a promising graduate of Chemistry Education from Kogi State University, who tragically lost his life following a brutal cow attack.

The unfortunate incident occurred on the same day Joe defended his undergraduate project, marking a bittersweet turn of events.

The young graduate gained attention on social media after heartfelt photos of him prostrating in gratitude to his father, an okada rider, for his unwavering support in his educational journey went viral.

However, fate took a cruel turn on Wednesday, September 20th, when Joe Black and a friend embarked on a trip to Iyale in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State, only to come across a herd of cows that would forever alter their lives.

According to a close friend who shared the harrowing details with BBC, the incident took place in Ologba Village, as they were riding a bike towards their destination.

“The deceased was the one riding the bike that carried them to the village when they ran into cows in Ologba Village that was before there village” she said.

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Joe Black’s friend sustained severe injury but have been discharged from the hospital already, but this is not the same for Joe who died after three days.

She said, Joe Black was a hardworking person who shared his business plan with her after he graduated from the university.

According to the source who pleaded anonymity, the deceased told her that he doesnt want to go for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) because he wanted to venture into the cashew business immediately.

She said she was the one who advised him to go to NYSC noting that it would not disturb his cashew business.

“Joe Black is a very humble, cool and respectful person who never tried to insult anybody,” the deceased friend said.

Joe Black was buried on Sunday, 24th September, 2023.

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