Esther Nakajjigo Wiki – Esther Nakajjigo Biography
Esther Nakajjigo is a former Uganda activist who was decapitated this summer at the Utah Arches National Park.
In June, Nakajjigo was visiting the park with her new husband, Ludovic Michaud, Moab Sun-News reported. The couple, who lived together in Denver, Colorado, was exiting the park on June 13 to get ice cream when a metal gate swung loose and pierced their car, the newspaper continued.
She was 25 years old.
Esther Nakajjigo Death
Nakajjigo, who was 25 at the time, was “needlessly decapitated,” according to a wrongful death administrative claim obtained by NBC News. Her husband was not harmed, the station added.
The wrongful death claim was served on October 22 and seeks more than $270 million in damages from the National Park Service, the outlet reported. It argues that park employees only needed to install the gate with an $8 padlock to prevent it from killing “a young woman influencer destined to become our society’s future Princess Diana, Philanthropist Melinda Gates, or Oprah Winfrey,” NBC News said.
Nakajjigo was a celebrated human rights activist in Uganda, her home country, Moab Sun News continued. She earned numerous global awards and traveled to the U.S. to “further her education,” the newspaper reported.
The young activist participated in programs at Drexel University in Philadelphia as a Mandela Washington Fellow and at the Watson Institute in Boulder, Colorado as a Luff Peace Fellow, Moab Sun-News said.
According to NBC News, Nakajjigo was named as Uganda’s ambassador for women and girls.
Her passions included lowering teen pregnancy, as well as creating two reality television shows that “empowered women,” the outlet reported.
The Uganda native met Michaud in June 2019 through a dating app in Aurora, Colorado, according to NBC News.
Michaud, who hails from France, told the station during his first interview since his wife’s death that he “just saw her as a smart person who loved to laugh.”
“I found her really interesting. I didn’t know who she was at first,” the 26-year-old expressed to NBC News.
The two married in March in a courthouse ceremony and had plans to have a big wedding in Uganda once it was safe to travel again, the outlet reported.
Gate accidents similar to Nakajjigo’s have happened across the country, according to NBC News.
One also took place on federal government property in the 80s, the outlet continued, when a U.S. Forest Service road closure gate impaled a California camper.
“Randy Rost was injured when the camper pickup truck in which he was riding was impaled on a piece of the gate in the Stanislaus National Forest, California,” according to a court document. “The gate was owned by the United States government and anchored on government property.”