Izu Madubueze was a promising young man. As a bonafide son of the Igbo soil he took entrepreneurship to a whole new level.
He was a Creative Director and the founder of Uhuru Designz, a fashion design company he started in 2016 in Tampa, Florida.
He was also an alumnus of Kings College in Lagos and the University of South Florida where he studied Criminology. Life was fair and rosy for him as he had a lot of good friends around him.
A few days ago, news broke that this young man named Izu Madubueze had committed suicide. According to reports from his friends, he was pushed to suicide after he was named as a rapist, for engaging in casual sex with a woman who he had previously rejected but then solicited sex from.
From her perspective, Mr. Madubueze was aware she was romantically attracted to him, and informed her he was okay with casual sex but nothing more. According to conversations shared by Madubueze’s friends, Madubueze admitted he wasn’t attracted to her after they had had sex, an admission she alleged he made only because he was under the influence.
Madubueze admitted his actions might have been misconstrued and apologised.
Another Twitter user, who was told about the circumstances around the sexual encounter between Madubueze and the first woman, contacted him via DM to inform him she was adding him to a list she had compiled of rapists and rape apologists, a phenomenon that has arisen to create awareness and protect women from entering into situations that could potentially lead to assault.
Madubueze tried to get the woman in question to remove him from her list and when she refused, Madubeze released a public statement apologising if his actions were misconstrued and days later, news of his death by suicide hit social media.
His Chats With His Accuser
His suicide note
It is painful enough that this young man’s life was cut short through shameful means but the fact that his accuser still walks around freely is very painful.
Igbos should protect their own and that is very important. Twitter influencers have done their part in revealing the accuser’s identity and opening up to the ills of wrongful allegations of sexual assault. It is now time for Ndi Igbo to cry out in a united voice to bring this terrible blackmailer to justice.
Top Igbo leaders such as Governors, senators, lawmakers, senators, and bigwigs in the judiciary should all join forces and make sure the long arm of justice catches up with Izu’s accuser because that is the particularly right thing to do.
This would also serve as a huge deterrent to other accusers who would like to use the grave implications of sexual assault to their own benefits.
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