Nigerian Undergraduate Commits Suicide In Hotel Room In UK

A 20-year-old Bristol University student identified as Omojola Ogundipe has taken her own life in a Cardiff hotel room, just days after a visit home for Mother’s Day.

Omojola Ogundipe

A staff at the Citrus Hotel in Cardiff found her body hanging in her hotel room after she missed her check-out deadline.

Late Omojola, described as “bright and bubbly”, was in the second year of her economics undergraduate degree at Bristol University, and was a leading member of the Gospel Choir Society.

A campaigner on environmental and human rights issues, she volunteered with several groups and was popular among her peers.

An inquest into her death heard her dad tell Pontypridd Coroner’s Court his daughter had visited home just three days before they heard the tragic news.

During the court hearing on July 5), her dad Kurle Ogundipe said in a statement: “I last saw Omojola on March 11 when she returned home for the weekend. She appeared her usual bubbly self.”

Mr Ogundipe said his daughter returned to Bristol on the same day and he later received a WhatsApp message from her to say she had reached her student flat in the city.

Police informed him of his daughter’s death three days later. He said the family were not aware of any ill health and did not think she suffered from depression or mental health problems.

The police officer said: “The hotel room had been booked prior to the visit on February 18, 2018, via a third-party website called Expedia – around three weeks to a month before the event.

“It was booked for the night of the 12th and 13th of March with check-out on the 14th, just for one person.”

On the evening of her arrival Miss Ogundipe booked an Uber taxi that had taken her from Sophia Gardens to the hotel at about 3.50pm, the court heard. CCTV recorded her entering the hotel shortly after wearing the same clothing she had been wearing when she was found.

Her electronic room key recorded her entering her room three times that evening at 4.03pm, 5.31pm and 11.04pm, WalesOnline reported.

Her last known movements were when she returned to her hotel room at 11.04pm on March 12. She was discovered two days later.

Miss Ogundipe’s close friend Hannah Agbeyegbe said they remained in touch after she had moved to Bristol to study in 2016.

In a written statement read out to the court, she said: “She was an independent person. Quite private. She didn’t really talk a lot about her personal life.

“It was around this time (when she moved to Bristol) that she disclosed to me that she was depressed and she had been having suicidal thoughts.”

Summing up, coroner Christopher Woolley accepted the cause of death given by consultant pathologist Dr David Thomas at the University Hospital of Wales as death by hanging.

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