Nigerian #BlackandSTEM Chiamaka Okoli dies 3days to PhD graduation

Nigerian #BlackandSTEM Chiamaka Okoli dies 3days to PhD graduation and funds are now being raised to send her back to Nigeria.

A twitter user @IBJIYONGI who is a #BlackandSTEM Prof of Particle Physics&Cosmology shared the story of Chiamaka Okoli who was to receive her PhD in particle or cosmology theory June 13 but died on Monday, June 10 from a brain aneurysm

.Chiamaka would have been one of under 10 Black women to ever earn a PhD in particle or cosmology theory in North America. The cultural loss is also significant, she said. She calls for donation for Chiamaka to help her family get her body back to Nigeria. She tweeted

Today was meant to be a day of celebration because Nigerian #BlackandSTEM Chiamaka Okoli was set to receive her PhD in physics today. Instead today I am tweeting to ask people to contribute funds to send her home for her funeral. She died Monday night, from a brain aneurysm.

She leaves behind a husband and a toddler, whom she loved enormously. Help relieve financial strain on her family in this terrible time by donating to her homegoing fund which is being managed by the PhD research org that we shared, Perimeter Institute.

You can send funds in Canadian currency using the following information: Account name: Chiamaka Okoli Trust Fund Account number: 5244774 Institution name and address: TD Bank, 15 King St S, Waterloo, ON N2J1N9 Institution number: 004 Branch number: 38142 SWIFTCODE: TDOMCATTTOR

I have been heartbroken about Chiamaka’s loss all week. Please help me honor her memory by supporting her family in this time. The personal loss for so many people is enormous.

Chiamaka would have been one of under 10 Black women to ever earn a PhD in particle or cosmology theory in North America. The cultural loss is also significant.

We’d like to raise a minimum of CA$20,000 to cover their expenses, but I hope we can raise more than that.

I was so proud to help Chiamaka prepare her postdoctoral applications. She was just enormously intelligent and wonderfully generous.

Brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. It can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic stroke) and death. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit. Approximately 15% of people with a ruptured aneurysm die before reaching the hospital. Most of the deaths are due to rapid and massive brain injury from the initial bleeding.

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