Avoiding Thoughts of Suicide in Lagos

First it was Tiwa Savage’s husband Tbills who tried to off himself on the Lekki-Ikoyi Access bridge, and then a few days later, the Cameroonian pole climber had a go at suicide as well.

The first thing to notice of course is that they both failed. Woefully in fact. If either party really wanted to die, they would be dead by now. First, going to the popular middle class/celebrity hangout Lekki bridge to try to die is attention seeking.

Then the dear Cameroonian on the other hand must have lived in Lagos long enough to know that there is hardly ever any electricity in the Lekki axis and so his chances of electrocution were slim.

But not to downplay what is in fact a very serious turn of events, we must ask what is it that is pushing more and more Lagosians to thoughts of suicide? Again, let us look at the 2 most recent cases – TBills was accused of taking money off his celebrity wife underhand. In other words he was playing her and when she found out, she sacked him as her manager, effectively cutting off his money supply.

The Cameroonian when all was said and done, simply asked for N5 million to change his mind from committing suicide.

It is money. That famous root of all evil is at the heart of the issue. Of course, we can agree to mask this especially in the case of Tiwa Savage and say it was instead an emotional reaction to a love gone bad. But we won’t do that. We’ll stick to our earlier assertion that both cases were about money.

Many many many Lagosians are having a very difficult time financially. The depressed economy is taking a huge toll on residents and even the strong are wavering in the face of this endless economic storm. Nothing new has been said here, so what is the way out for Lagosians?

Relocate. Yes. Lagos is not by force. Cost of living in many other parts of the country are much lower and standards higher.

Religion. There is hope in religion. Endless hope in fact, which can carry a weary heart through this difficult period until the storm passes. It is also a very good way to network and push either your services or your goods for sale. Churches always prosper in times of hardship. Why not join the train?

Restrategise: Take on part time work, or if possible learn a new easier trade and change course all together. Become a pastor for instance. Sell food. Move into an industry of need. Food and drink, education (lesson teachers are still in demand, and will always be), entertainment. Afterall, ‘man wey no die no rotten’.

So, before contemplating suicide – seriously or half jokingly like our Lekki bridge larky, consider these 3 options.

There is no doubt these are some of the most difficult times to be a Lagosian, but it will get better. It just requires being stronger in the face of hardship.


Ifeanyi Abiodun Maduka


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