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17 Aug 2017

Tears, tributes for UNILAG hotel fire victim

Atmosphere of sorrow enveloped the Department of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Monday, as students, lecturers and non-academic staff held candlelight procession for a 200-Level student, Roli Odogwu, who died in a hotel fire, last week.
The late Roli and her friend, Linda Elegeonye, a 300-Level Law student, died from severe burns they sustained during a midnight fire at a Lagos-based hotel. The victims were guests in the hostel; they were trapped in their room during the inferno.
The late Roli’s colleagues turned out in their numbers for the candlelight organised by Mass Communication Students’ Association (MCSA).
The procession started at 6:30pm from the department with a crowd of students, wearing black clothes and holding candles.
Chanting elegies, they moved from the department through Honours hostel, Faculty of Social Sciences, Fagunwa Hall and returned to the department to gather the candles and say prayers for the deceased.
The MCSA Welfare Secretary, Beatrice Nwoko, led the prayer, during which the late Roli’s close friends broke down in tears. The students sent their condolences to her family.
In their tributes, her friends recalled their moments with the deceased. One of them recalled their participation in Dare2Dream, a campus talent hunt show, where the late Roli entertained the audience with her “exceptional dance steps”.
“This sad incident really calls for sober reflection,” she said.
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