SUICIDE – The greatest piece of COWARDICE


Before I start let me ask these few questions.

Did you lost your job?

Did you failed your exam?

Are you depressed?

Did your business go bankrupt?Are you suffering from broken heart?

Are you a victim of a broken home or marriage?

If you are suffering from any of these or others that I didn’t mention and you are already thinking of committing suicide because you see it as a solution to your problems then you’re wrong. Suicide doesn’t mean you are brave enough to take your own life but a piece of cowardice. You are nothing but a coward running away from his trouble instead of providing solutions to it.

Mahatma Gandhi said ” if I had no sense of humour, I would have long ago committed suicide”. This quote implies that that Gandhi also passed through some tough times but he never committed, he died an honorable death worth remembering. What’s your age that you are thinking that things can’t get back to being normal for you making you seeing suicide as an antidote to relief your pains.

Albert Camus said “there is one truly philosophical problem and that is suicide” and Cesare Pavese said ” no one ever lacks a good reason for suicide”. All the same suicide ain’t a good thing. Alot of youths are Commiting suicide every day and no one cares to know what the true cause are.

Let me ask another questions

Have you ever heard of a street thug committing suicide?

Have you ever heard of a notorious criminal committing suicide?

The answer is NO, those with dreams, those with talents, those with brilliant ideas are the ones we hear committing suicide because they think their world has fallen apart because of a little challenge. We seems to be too brilliant, we have understood the meaning of suicide which makes us think it’s the best way to be free from all our worries. Did you ever imagine the loss you are going to cause to the world after ending your own life not to mention the pain you caused your families and loved ones to suffer. Suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice, why not be courageous to face your problems.

Let me a reference on the story of Colonel Sanders the founder of kentucky fried chicken (KFC).When Colonel Sanders was five years old his father died, so his mother took a job peeling tomatoes in a canning factory and earned extra money by sewing at night. Sanders had to take care of his siblings, learning how to cook so he could feed them. He held his first job at the age of ten, working on a nearby farm. Because the family was so poor, Sanders left school after sixth grade so he could work full time.

At age 17 he had already lost four jobs.

At age 18 he got married.

Between ages 18 and 22, he was a railroad conductor and failed.He joined the army and washed out there.He applied for law school he was rejected.He became an insurance sales man and failed again.

At age 19 he became a father.

At age 20 his wife left him and took their baby daughter.He became a cook and dishwasher in a small cafe.He failed in an attempt to kidnap his own daughter, and eventually he convinced his wife to return home.

At age 65 he retired.On the 1st day of retirement he received a cheque from the Government for $105.He felt that the Government was saying that he couldn’t provide for himself.He decided to commit suicide, it wasn’t worth living anymore; he had failed so much.He sat under a tree writing his will, but instead, he wrote what he would have accomplished with his life. He realised there was much more that he hadn’t done. There was one thing he could do better than anyone he knew. And that was how to cook.So he borrowed $87 against his cheque and bought and fried up some chicken using his recipe, and went door to door to sell them to his neighbours in Kentucky.Remember at age 65 he was ready to commit suicide.But at age 88 Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Empire was a billionaire.Moral of the story: Attitude. It’s never too late to start all over. If Sanders could realise at age 65 that there are alot of things he could get done, what’s your excuse at your 20s,30s,40s to start thinking about committing. If Sanders had committed suicide we won’t have KFC to stay. Stop thinking about suicide but think about the loss you’re about to bring to the world.


You have what it takes to be successful. Go for it and make a difference. No guts no glory. It’s never too old to dream.Suicide is not a solution, don’t opt for it.

Ogunsola Ayobami Samuel

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Ogunsola Ayobami Samuel is a blogger, writer, poet, and teacher. He attended Baptist High school from 2010-2013 and graduated from Kinsey College of Education Ilorin 2018, still hoping to have his first degree in English.

He sees writing and teaching as the best channel to reach out to the world.

The Virgin Ghostess is his first story to be written, though he had written different poems such as

The peaceful war 

This too shall come to pass

We are African 

Why did he


Tribute to Adeleke Rachel Tioluwani 




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