OAU student ‘kills self over poor grade’

Obafemi Awolowo University
Obafemi Awolowo University

A 16-year old 100-level student of Microbiology at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Mercy Afolaranmi, has committed suicide, an official told PREMIUM TIMES.

According to the school’s Chief Security Officer, Babatunde Oyatokun, Miss Afolaranmi, poisoned herself.

Students and a neighbour close to the deceased also said she killed herself due to poor grade.

“We got a call that one of our students took poison,” Mr. Oyatokun said. “We got to hospital to realise that she mixed rat poison. She gave us the contact of her parents but before they arrived, she already gave up due to the effect of the poison she took.”

A neighbour, Bimpe Oni, in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said Miss Afolaranmi, who lived off-campus at Sabo area of Ile-Ife, died on Thursday, after she took “rat poison mixed with battery extract.”

Mrs. Oni said the late student committed suicide because of “emotional pressure.”

A student, Aisha, who was Miss Afolaranmi’s colleague in the Faculty of Science, said the deceased had ‘E’ in CHM101 (Chemistry for first year students), a reportedly dreaded course for year one students in the science and technology related faculties.

“Mercy often isolated herself in class and looked depressed,” said Aisha. “She told me she had ‘E’ in CHM101 and has been going around unhappy before this incident.”

Another student in the Faculty of Student, Opeyemi, said “she took poison because of result.”

The school’s Dean of Students’ Affairs, Isiaka Aransi, also confirmed the death of Miss Afolaranmi during a telephone conversation with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.

“Although the reason and cause of her death is yet to be known, the division is aware of the death of Mercy,” she said.

“She was a student of department of Microbiology whose body has been taken to hospital for autopsy. When the result is out, the university community shall be communicated,” added Mr Aransi.

Before her death, on October 10, she posted on Facebook that: “Above all other things, I just wanna see God, see what He looks like, speak with Him face to face. I don’t wanna miss heaven. LORD HELP ME.”


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  • Roseline

    Depression is real

    • sola

      Sure it is…

    • Opekete

      Yes. So sad it is real and there are a lot of depressed people in the world.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Now she has the lowest grade, what a pity.

  • Frank Bassey

    Pity! She has gone to where she will get a Distinction. Nonsense. How are we sure she was not a product of “Special Centre”?

  • Netanyahu

    Acute depression. Her friends should have reported their observations of her. Pity.

  • Liberty

    Yet, another manifestation of excessive materialistic mentality that is ruining the country.
    What a pity!

  • Otile

    She shouldn’t have taken this drastic action, for she would have moved to the Core North and make a great teacher. Northerners don’t believe in high expectations. Afterall Buhari made F grades and still became the President.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      You re a foool

  • Charles

    sometimes parents put pressure on children, that when they fail exams, they are rejected at home, i know a parent who put so much on her child, that after exams, she will call the child, 15 times in a day asking of her grades, telling the child he is not welcome home, if he fails any of his paper, due to this pressure, the boy sheated in one his paper and was rusticated from the school. i believe this little girl of 16 may have not taken this direction if she has understanding parent on whose shoulder she can cry, in difficult times.