OAU final year student takes his own life over poor grades

A final year student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) identified as Opeyemi Dara has committed suicide over his poor academic performance.

Dara was a student of faculty of Arts, pepartment of English Language of the tertiary institute.

It was reported that he took a suspected dose of lethal substance popularly known as “Sniper”.

The authorities of the institution confirmed the incident through its public relations officer, Abiodun Olanrewaju, in a statement on Saturday.

The statement read: “We sympathise with the parents and guardian of the deceased known as Dara.

“We just want our students and young ones to know that depression is not a thing they should encourage, no matter the situation or circumstance they find themselves.

“Some people in the past have passed through the same situation and circumstances and came out clean.

“Now, suicide can never be an option and people, especially the young ones who believe that taking their own lives is an act of gallantry should know that it is not .

“We want to appeal to students, particularly OAU students to take things easy. Any child that fails; that is why the university says you can rerun a course, you can resit a course.

“People out there also face challenges and when you are in school, failure or repetition of a course or particular subject is also part of the challenges students must face.

“The university will get to the root of the incident and get back to the public.”

Promise Amadi

Amadi Promise is an Assistant Senior Editor at Okay Nigeria ( who handles Sports & Educational sections. He loves sharing what he knows and also learns from others. Promise is also an Android developer at Rad5 Tech Hub.
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