At some point during the proceedings, he slipped on the ground and collapsed, but onlookers assumed it was all part of the drama.
Ambrose was training to be a priest at the Claretian University Seminary in Nekede, a town in southeastern Nigeria. He was playing the role of Simon Peter in the holy day event and wore a long white robe for his part in the re-enactment.
Simon Peter was Jesus’ most important disciple — the leader of the 12 Apostles.
When Ambrose could not get up at the end of the performance, people in the audience finally realized there was a serious medical issue.
He was rushed to a school hospital, but his condition worsened. He was taken to a nearby medical centre, where he died.
The cause of the young man’s death remains unknown. Administrators at the university suspended all Easter activities as a result of the incident.