UNILAG Student Dies Amidst Football Game By Chukwu Daniel Ogbonna


The University of Lagos (UNILAG), has been thrown into mourning following the death of one of it’s student, Odusami Ajibola Matthew, a 500 level student of Estate Management who passed away yesterday evening.

A Statement from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences Student Association (FESSA), released in the wee hours of today read in part, “We regret to announce the sudden demise of our colleague, brother, course mate… His death is a big shock to us and we will always remember him….”

According to his classmate, Folorunsho Adedolapo, who was at the Health Centre where he was said to have died, Matthew was playing football with his friends when he started breathing heavily and promptly excused himself to get some rest. While walking towards a sit, he slumped and passed out.

He said, “He was immediately rushed to the Health Centre where the Doctors tried their possible best to resuscitate him for over an hour. Unable to do so, he was immediately transferred to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where he was certified dead.”


All efforts to ascertain the cause of his death, however, proved abortive at the time of filing this report as medical personnels who attended to him yesterday said they could only make it available to his relatives.

Expressing surprise on the sudden death of Matthew, his childhood friend, Ipaye Saheed, said the news came as a shock to him since he has always known Matthew since their Secondary School days to be a very vibrant and robust person.

“Ajibola is a very friendly guy, extremely humble, decent and well cultured individual. He was an easy-going guy that does not misbehave, and he detests non-challant attitude from people he relates with. He doesn’t get angry over issues… rather, he will just correct you,” he said.

Tributes however, have been pouring in unabated from his classmates on his department’s Instagram page. One of such from Chuks Jikeme reads: “I will not claim to know you too well, but the few times I have spoken with you was enough to judge that you were really a nice person… When you were eating, and I met and hailed you… I still remember your face and the smile you put on your face that day. I really really respect you.”

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