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Ghanaian Oxford University student drowns, dies in France during holiday

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Mr. Kojo Minta, a Ghanaian student of the Oxford University who was on holiday has drowned and died in a river in France.

The UK’s Daily Mail publication reports today August 17, 2011 that Minta, 24, slipped into the fast-flowing Gave d’Oloron river in Navarrenx, in the Aquitaine region of France, close to the Pyrenees and the border with Spain.

“Mr Minta was swept away beyond a small dam and eventually disappeared from two friends who were trying to save him,” the publication said quoting a local police official after his parents, Moses and Victoria Minta, back home in Houston, Texas, had been informed.

The incident happened on Wednesday August 10, 2011 at the riverside popular with picnickers and police officials say they are still investigating the matter.

According to the Daily Mail, Minta had just received a ‘distinction’ in his end-of-year exams at St Hilda’s College, and was due to start a DPhil in history at Lincoln College and has impressive academic results which had already won him funding to start his research at Lincoln in the autumn.

His body was due to be repatriated to America with the assistance of the US Embassy in Paris, and his funeral is due to take place at Braeswood Church in Houston on Saturday, the publication indicated.

By Ekow Quandzie

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6 comments

  1. Kojo, you are an inspiration, your family and friend have not lost you cos they know where you are. You died having fun. God bless!

  2. Dear Brother Moses and Vickie, Jean and I are in sincere prayer for the comfort of our Loving God and our Lord Jesus in loss of Kojo, who along with yourselves are held in highest esteem in our memories and prayers…we cannot ever forget the greatest kindness in my hour of need in moving here, you deep involvement along with Kojo in RR ministry at Braeswood. May the God of all comfort comfort your hearts in Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit and all of your family members. You loss is Heaven’s gain, our Blessed Hope and Faith is the soon to be rapture of us all; we will meet each other in the air and so shall we ever be with our Lord. Our deepest love and empathy, Brother David and Sister Jean Jones.

  3. Interesting, this need to be investigated more and I think Ghanaian embassy in UK should get involve in this matter as quickly as possible.

  4. Dearest Moses, Victoria and family,
    The world was a better place because Kojo has lived and glorified God with his short life. Our hearts break wtih you, and through our tears we can still see with eternal eyes, looking to the day of reconciliation. May the God of all comfort fill the place in your heart that longs for him until that day. Louis and Rhonda Arias, Jessica, Jacqui, and Joanna

  5. I also think that the Kojo’s family, American or Ghanaian embassy should send someone to investigate it.
    Kojo Minta was an inpiration and a good role model. God bless his family and give them strenght.

  6. May His Soul Rest In Perfect Peace