17-year-old brilliant girl, Chisom Chukwuneke, has passed away, a year after getting the best result in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), and after being inducted into her school’s Hall of Fame.
It was learnt that Chisom made straights A’s in the 2019 WASSCE, and emerged the best graduating student last year from her school, Graceland college in Enugu State.
Her father, Felix Chukwuneke, a professor and consultant surgeon at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Nsukka, said she died following a sickness which started off as a leg pain, but became severe over the year.
In a poem he shared on Facebook, Chisom’s father said he flew her to South Africa for treatment after she complained of leg pain but her condition soon got worse.
The professor stated that his intelligent daughter died just a day to his birthday and 10 days after she had promised him a special gift.
“Just like a dream. But the realities are crystal now; just a pain in the leg that snowballed to a devastating episode. The battle started earnestly. I hear you call daddy my leg is paining me. I watch as you lie abed with pain. As restless and worried as I can be, I promised to do everything humanly possible.
“With glaring poor health care in Nigeria, off we went to South Africa. We were happy at your initial recovery not knowing the war was just to begin. We fought it together for more than a year in SA. You were an embodiment of intelligence of inestimable value.
“You spoke in parables about a special gift 10 days earlier, and left a day to my birthday. Never did I know your special birthday gift you promised was your glorious exit. You exhibited your virtuoso and dazzling intellects, to the bewilderment of the doctors at Wits Donald Gordon Hospital Parktown Johannesburg South Africa Today your name is written in Gold over there,” he wrote.
Chisom Chukwuneke is expected to be buried on November 29, 2020, in Okpuno village, Umuogali, Oba, Idemili South Anambra state.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a 16-year-old girl tragically died after her abusive uncle allegedly threw her from an 11th floor apartment.