A woman in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, who tried to commit suicide on her birthday, said she would “return as a man” in her next life.
The woman, Dorothy Edet, was found unconscious in her apartment in Uyo on Sunday morning after taking some poisonous substances, apparently, according to multiple posts on Facebook from people familiar with the incident.
Rescuers, prompted by her suicide note which she posted on Facebook, broke her door, rushed her to the hospital where she was revived.
Her sister confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday morning, that Ms Edet was “fine.”
Friends and sympathisers have taken to Facebook to mobilise support, including financial support, for the woman, who appeared to have been battling depression before the suicide attempt.
Ms Edet has been a volunteer on sexual assault, according to her Facebook page. “I am a leader that is empathetic, compassionate, understanding, selfless and open-minded,” she said of herself, on the social media site.
Her suicide note, written in the form of a poem, revealed the turbulent she has been going through.
“ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!!” She wrote.
Sweet, sweet, suicide
Will you visit me tonight/
Tired of feeling suicidal when my aspirations are stifled
Fighting back tears while smiling from ear to ear
I know God won’t help
I need to believe in myself
But every time I try
Dark forces pull me behind
My unfulfilled dreams haunt me incessantly
They depend on me to thrive.
Its My BIRTHDAY Anyways.
But I have to Go.
Tired of All this headaches and Pains.
Smiling outside while bleeding inside.
Saying I’m Okay when I’m Not.
I will return as a Man
To fight for women and young girls
I will not spare any RAPIST
I’ll be a Judge with a difference.
I’ll speak for the voiceless.
And Bless the Poor.
My second coming will be AMAZING.
LET ME REST!!!
Ms Edet, in the suicide note, wrote on how she would love to fight for women’s rights, be hard on rapists, and be a voice for the voiceless.
It is unclear, for now, if she has been a victim of gender violence.
Her note, however, mirrors the challenges some young women in Nigeria go through and their feelings of helplessness.