By Jane Odoh

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka has been thrown into serious mourning, as a young final year student identified as Chukwuemeka Akachi has reportedly committed suicide.

20 years old Akachi who was a student of English and Literary Studies (ELS) and reportedly a first class student on Tuesday 14th May, 2019 took his own life after dropping a suicide note on Facebook.

Chukwuemeka Akachi

It was gathered that this was not the first attempt Akachi has made to his own life.

It was also learnt that Akachi consumed two bottles of a poisonous substance in his second suicide attempt which became successful.

It is also gathered that Akachi had a long battle with mental health before he took to suicide and this was confirmed in one of his social media posts prior to his death.

Taking to his Facebook to post his suicide note, Akachi who was also a budding poet wrote:

“Forgive me. In case you are the one who found the body, I am really sorry. It had to be someone, you know. I have chosen Jo Nketaih’s poem as my suicide note: “They said you came looking for me. I didn’t drown; I was the water.” Where do atheists go to when they die? lol. Amen.”

In one of his previous posts on Facebook, he wrote on his battle with mental health and how it has affected his growth, he shared:

“My mental health has been on life support for a while now. Thanks to those who call. Text. Visit. Speak to me. May we always remember. May we never forget. You may have added a few hours, months or days to my time here. But you know life support is expensive, right? Thanks for trying. Amen.”

Meanwhile, reactions have saturated the Social Media following Akachi’s suicide as many of his friends and well wishers expressed disappointment that he couldn’t confide in them to discuss whatever the problem was with him.



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