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Back issue: October 2009

Suicide claims the life of a grandmother

Princess Oriyomi Somorin

By Toms Emeka Ugwu

The African community in Dublin was thrown into a heartbreaking and mourning mood on Thursday 1st October 2009, at the tragic death of Princess Oriyomi Somorin. Unconfirmed reports say that the 41 years old mother of four took her own life at her rented apartment in Dublin city centre. Barely two months ago Somorin was granted leave to remain in Ireland.

Most African immigrants who knew the late Princess very well while living in hostel at Ballyhaunis in county Mayo and Ash Hall, near St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, described her as a charming, easy going lady whenever she’s in a good mood. To some, the late Princess exudes an enigmatic aura, that sometimes stuns those around her.

Most of the African immigrants in both hostels who preferred to be anonymous confirmed that the late Princess had attempted suicide five times, before she finally succeeded in taking her own life after taking overdose. When The African Voice contacted her social worker, one Michelle Reilly at the HSE office for further clarification on the tragic death of Princess, she made it pointedly clear that she’s not permitted to speak to any stranger on the issue. She referred us to the late Princess’s husband, Mr Somorin who had flown in as soon as he got news of his wife’s death.

Up to the time of filling this report, the authorities concerned had not released the autopsy report that would contain full details of the actual cause of death of Somorin. When Mr Somorin briefly spoke to African Voice, he was not in a position to discuss the issue further as a result. The bereaved are busy making all necessary arrangements to give late Princess a befitting burial which is hoped to take place on 10th October 2009 at 9:00am in Drumcondra Dublin.

A recent report by National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) shows that Ireland with her 4.2 million has the fourth highest suicide rate in Europe, which has claimed lives of several young Irish including Olympic medallist Darren Sutherland. Princess Oriyomi Somorin is survived by a husband, four children and a grandchild.

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