Nigerian First Class graduate and PhD student on scholarship in Germany reportedly commits suicide

A Nigerian First Class graduate and PhD student on scholarship has reportedly committed suicide in Germany.

Sharing the story on social media, a Twitter user @MsChimezie said academic depression is real especially when one is the “A type”.

She tweeted;

“A DAAD Scholar from Nigeria, doing his PhD in Germany, recently committed suicide. A first class fellow from his Bachelor. While in my academic brokenness today, I cried and prayed for him. I hope he is at peace now. Academic depression is real, esp when you’re the A type.

I keep reminding myself that if my phase of academic mental instability gets worse or acute, all that I owe myself is to graduate when I should, with whatever grade. When graduate study is not going as it should and you have a standard to live up to, that messes things.

I hope graduate schools know incorporate academic psychotherapy and psychosocial support to what they are offering to students, especially to foreign students that moved into a new environment with new social and academic rules.

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