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Photo: Nigerian Boy Commits Suicide In Essex NE London Over Poor GSCE Result

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Photo: Nigerian Boy Commits Suicide In Essex NE London Over Poor GSCE Result

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August 23, 2014 – Picture: Nigerian Boy / High School Student Killed Himself In Essex London After Collecting GSCE Result

A young man has killed himself few hours after collecting his GSCE examination result.

The student identified as 16-year-old Temidayo Joseph reportedly took his own life because he was afraid of bad judgement from his Nigerian parents.

Though police are yet to confirm the official cause of Temidayo’s death, his friend said he was heartbroken after collecting his exam results from Ockendon Academy near Thurrock in Essex on Thursday.

He reportedly left the school immediately without speaking a word before his lifeless body was found at home in his mother’s room.

His school has released a statement about his death;

“It is with great sadness we have to tell you of the death of one of our students, 16-year-old Temidayo Joseph.We wish to extend our deepest sympathy for Dayo’s family, friends and the whole school community at this difficult time.To help people come to terms with this tragic event, the academy will offer its fullest support and counselling.Of course our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.The Academy will be open on Saturday 23rd August from 9am to 11am for those members of our community who wish to pay their respects to Dayo Joseph.”

Very sad! May his soul rest in perfect peace (amen).



  1. Ayaba

    August 23, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Africans generally do more arm than good by forcing their children to do one course or d other. We have to wake up to the reality that not all kids are into academics.
    May be he was forced to take d exam

  2. adeola apinke

    August 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    No matter what, suicide is not the best option…RIP boy..

  3. vicky

    August 23, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Nbf but gcses arent optional you have to do them, I dont think its rigjt for you to judge the situation like that when you clearly have no clue…

  4. Aida

    August 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM


    He wasn’t “forced” to take the exam. GCSE exams are compulsory in the UK.

    Every child his age takes them.

    It is extremely sad that it came to this and he felt this was the best option. A great shame. There is a lot to be said for the expectations of ethnic minorities but your options at this level are limited anyway so it would be incorrect to think that he was forced into a decision. It’s more likely the expectation.

    A great shame indeed.

  5. Akuwax in Zambia

    August 23, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    @ Ayaba, let us not blame his parents or any one around late T J. taking your own life results from failing to reason. Many pipo have gone through bigger problems than his, but have not resorted in committing suicide.

    • Nuel

      August 25, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      That’s a very ignorant comment. different problems affect people in different ways, as someone who has taken GCSe’s it is a massive part of children aged 15-16, with many expectations and is a big part of their life as it determines future prospects. The issue here is the amount of expectation placed on these children and for some it is not knowing how to deal with such pressures, what is needed is more awareness of how to deal with expectations and educating parents on how pressuring children can affect them mentally. Comparing different issues is not the way to go and is very ignorant.

  6. isaac godwin

    August 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    oh……….hmmmm.maybe the is more to it than just a poor result.

  7. First lady patience Ebele

    August 23, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Hmmmm. I do not know what to say

  8. Ayeni

    August 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Parents,let’s learn to be patient with our wards nd nt be too hard on them.

  9. kbgolden

    August 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    I tink his parents is 2 b blame. Coz wot mak the guy act like dat, dey ar 2 ash on him…..

  10. Wani25

    August 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Even If His Parents Forced Him To Take D Exams Datz Not D Reason To Take His Life Bcs Of Bad Performance,Beside He Would Ve Retake D Exam Not To Take His Life,I Personally Will Not Tell Him To Rest In Peace Bcs He Is Not Resting In Hell Or Heaven.

  11. steven

    August 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    this is an eye opener to African parents that force their to do what they want their kids to do this is one of the effects of this and others follow. i don’t blame him because some parents will even disown him for that result or even kill him cause we hear of stories of parents killing their kids for some stupid shit. well lets this be a lesson to strict parents out there that force their kids even you want to lose your child or make them resent you keep on meddling in their lives

  12. lara

    August 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Very sad

  13. Orlee

    August 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    It is unfortunate that we Africans are quick to judge people without having full details of issues. This can happen to anyone, this is the time to commiserate with the family of the poor boy and to pray that God will forgive him for committing such an act.

  14. angee

    August 23, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    My own son would hav bin such a victim. Bcos of d disgrace his own class teacher gave to him ryt in front of his pears. Though i was unhappy initially wit his result. But at a moment dat same day, i thought he may b depressed, and dat may lead to desaster. I called him to my room and encouraged him, counselled him an we moved on. Cos i thought of d fact dat no one in his or her life live will boast dat he or she has never ones in his or her life fail in achieving one tin or another. No one can boldly say dat his or her life has always bin a success all thru. I also thought of d fact dat no one on dis earth will say dat his secondary school result determind his or her destiny in life. As a matter of fact, som of d students dat we knew as brillant does days, ur present condition is better dan theirs, dat som times wenn u ran in to dem ,u wonder y their life is so messed up. An som times u r amazed dat one doommy in d school does days is d owner of som big companies an travels around d world. So i want to state it clear here dat ones destiny is not determind by secondary school result at all. If u fail, reposition urself, an try again period.

  15. angee

    August 23, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    God forbid dat i loose my sixteen years old child dat i hav labourd so much for to get to d age he is , bcos of one exam. All my labour will den b in vain, my sleepless nits , fastin an prayers for him to bcom an adult an take care of me in my old age will den b in vain bcos of one exam abi? I no gree.

  16. Nonya Bisness

    August 24, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Really bad what’s happened here, may his soul rest in peace. What’s even worse is the spelling on the comments here. It’s just atrocious even with spell checking on our phones and computers these days.

  17. @Temple,

    August 24, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    He is just 16, wat has he seen in lyf to be frustrated, he dnt know people has repeated exams for more than 5 times.

  18. Dera

    August 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Please no one knows what transpired that day AND no one is to blame!! i am a close friend to him and i plead with you people and this site to stop making up stories to his death and where he was found! His mother loved him dearly and said hes results were ok!!! so please instead of being judgemental and quickly falling into the trap of the media just pray for his FAMILY!!!!

  19. Halu

    August 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    i do really appreciates all your comments. Here opinions are divided that what makes us as a human being.I am a friend to the family, I cannot say precisely what led to the young boy gone extreme in taken his own life in extreme circumstances. We are waiting for police report to that effect. He was a talented athlete and a promising footballer for his heneration and had many trying with famous premier league clubs, it was recently he was accepted by Crystal Palace. He was meant to start training with the club inn earnest before this unfortunate incident.

  20. augustinejunior

    August 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    REST in perfect peace man

  21. cathy Ajibola

    August 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    My sincere sympathy goes to the family he left behind. Young ones should learn from this guy. Though times never last, but tough people do. Suicide is not the best way to end it. Parents please get close to your children and encourage them when it is tough, let them know that who ever falls will still rise again. The dead has bi hope again.

  22. Denis Ray Ogosi

    August 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    It was rightly said that the grave is full of untapped wealth and knowledge, the times we are in now are most trying times, where evil has blossomed fully, evil spirits are walking to and fro seeking opportunities to enter into the list expected and cause maximum damage, unfortunately this brilliant star fell short because of admonition and or few corrective words from the parents or pears that may sound derogatory to him. A future star just fell prey to negative thoughts from the pit of hell… May God have Mercy on your soul…

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