OAU Student Who Took Insecticide Over Poor Academic Performance Once Attempted Suicide

Grace Opeyemi, an undergraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun State, who took her own life due to poor academic performance, according to report, once attempted taking her life, before she eventually comsumed an insecticide on Friday.

According to a course mate of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, in early July, Grace attempted suicide but was unable to pull it through but however, did not give detailed information about the failed attempt.

She revealed that Grace last Friday, was rushed to the OAU Health Centre after taking Sniper, but was later referred to the Acident and Emergency Unit of the OAU Teaching Hospital, where she eventually died.

Main Entrance, OAU. Photo: Vanguard News
Main Entrance, OAU. Photo: Vanguard News

Another course mate of Grace, Adekola Oluwasetan, revealed that the deceased was a poet and wrote many poems, especially on depression.

“I am not particularly close to her. I only knew her through some of her literary works. Most of her works in poem and prose were on depression. To me, she acted against what she preached in most of her works. I also do not believe that she died as a result of poor academic results alone.

“Her original course mates graduated last session and she could not, because she failed twelve special electives and five core courses. She took the papers again but failed some of them for the second time; that is the reason I believe that her action was as a result of depression.


Abiodun Olanrewaju, Public Relations Officer of the university, told pressmen on Sunday that contrary to information in the media that the deceased committed suicide because of poor academic performance, findings showed otherwise.

Meanwhile, a statement signed by the class representatives of the English Department, which was issued after a meeting with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and other top officers of the facultyon Sunday, stated that the deceased did not have outstanding academic performance as of the time she died.

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