Graphoanalysis of suicide note by two lovers from Okija, Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria, by Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu
Professor Ikechukwu Benjamin Ezeohagwu

According to LailasNews.Com by Queen Nwadah on September 4, 2020: “Two Okija Anambra State lovers who are yet to be identified have allegedly taken their lives after drinking insecticide called Snipper, because their parents refused to give their consent for them to get married to each other due to the fact that one of them is Osu.

The Osu caste system is an ancient practice in Igboland that discourages marriage and relationship with a group of people called Osu (outcast).

According to Igbo history, Osu which means outcast in the Igbo language, are people who were dedicated to the deities of the ancient Igboland. The lineage and generations are considered as abominations and inferior beings and are usually separated from the Nwadiala or diala.

Nwadiala or Diala is a group of people in Igboland who are not dedicated to deities in ancient Igboland and their generations and lineage are said to be better than the Osu. This group of people are allowed to marry/inter-marry”.

The two lovers allegedly wrote a note before their deaths, the contents of the suicide note express their (two lovers) thoughts, feelings, protests and pains concerning the “Osu Caste”, as they advised Okija people to: “say No to Osu Caste”!!!

The Two Lovers Suicide Note (Figure A).

Graphology (graphoanalysis) is a scientific tool that unravels unseen deeper thoughts and emotions wrapped inside every writer as in the case of the two lovers (Okija, Anambra State) which can be graphoanalysed and ascertained through the tell-tale psychographic features inscribed on paper (suicide note) left behind by the two lovers before their deaths… that reveal and speak volumes of the personality traits of the two lovers. By following the contents and the principles outlined in the following books namely: Graphology For Beginners, Richard Craze (1994); An Introduction To Graphoanalysis, Ben Ezeohagwu (2020) and You can Analyze Handwriting, Robert Holder (1969). The contents and principles by the above-named authors are adhered to in the “Graphoanalysis of Suicide Note by the two lovers from Okija, Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria”, as can be observed on the handwritten suicide note… reveals criminal tell-tale symptoms which significantly portray pervasively burdened emotions of obsessively negative selfish desires of mundane nature, full of excessively, observable willpower and undue aggressive tendencies to actualize whatever goals they (both) decide upon to achieve, as can be vividly expressed by the blurred handwritten suicide note features, particularly in those blotted areas, which means high emotional instability and noticeable criminal tendencies, moral bankruptcy and volubility of the two lovers.

The handwritten suicide note also reflects thickly heavy uniformly straight strokes of some letters, namely: d,f,h and P, among others which means that the two lovers, in this case, are blunt, obstinate and firm in a self-opinionated manner.

The letters g and y in the handwritten suicide note have been inscribed in the angular or pointed bottom to left with no loop, which signifies the domineering trait of the lovers.

“I-dot” in the handwritten suicide note dotted in tented dot manner, which means meddlesome and derogatory traits of the lovers.

The “t-bar” in the handwritten suicide note reflects certain predominantly inscribed “t-bar” in tight loop feature, which means stubborn and determined traits of the two lovers.

It is noteworthy to realize that the handwritten suicide note shows largely that it was penned by one of the two lovers, as the two scripts manifest high psychographic features of similarity of a hand.

However, the two lovers when they were alive portrayed similar kindred traits of conspicuously pervasively burdened emotions of obsessively negative selfish desires of mundane nature… which swayed in the same direction of similar thinking and decisions without one of them presenting opposing complementary traits to checkmate unwholesomely tragic decisions and moves by one or the other.

They were completely driven by similar thinking and actions without deeper reasoning that could bring about checks and balances.

The two lovers largely shared to less or more extent pervasively burdened emotions of obsessively negative selfish desires of mundane nature, full of excessively observable strong willpower and undue aggressive tendencies as vivid indicators for high emotional instability, criminal (suicide) tendencies, moral bankruptcy and volubility, as supported by their self-opinionated bluntness, obstinacy, domineering, meddlesome, derogatory, stubbornness and determination, for such vicious personality traits often lead to rapes, killings, terrorism, racism and suicides, among others.

I hope that this sad event of the lovers from Okija in Anambra State, southeastern Nigeria, would bring sanity to many a parent and Nigerian society at large by abolishing “Osu Caste” tradition that is still rampant in some towns in Southeastern Nigeria.


BENEZOGRAFS is shortened form for Ben Ezeohagwu graphical system. Benezografs is the pictorial graphoanalysis system that makes use of any of the types of graphs to view and ascertain human emotional intelligence, degree of human strength or weakness, etc as obtained from the number of letters or words (n l/ w ) in each line of handwriting specimen (script) plotted against successive lines (1 1,1 2,1 3, ….1 n ).

This pictorial graphoanalysis system was originated by Ben Ezeohagwu on the 18th August 2012 – as a means to view and ascertain energy, movement, force, etc of human emotional flow, intelligence, diligence, productivity level, strength and weakness of human character, etc. Literograph is one of the typical forms of Benezografs formulations.

For instance, in the case of suicide note by the two lovers from Okija, Anambra State, as referenced above (Figure A). Benezografs has been used in the following ways to ascertain the two lovers’ emotional intelligence, strength and weakness of human character, among others.

1 1 = 19 Racism in disguise…

1 2 = 27 How can we separate after 6 solid

1 3 = 30 years of dating and getting to use to

1 4 = 16 each other? how???

1 5 = 28 is it a crime to be held from Okija,

1 6 = 31 Anambra State? We both are from Okija

1 7 = 34 in Ihiara Local Govt Area, Anambra State,

1 8 = 28 Nigeria. we are already wanted to

1 9 = 31 spend the our lives together, we’ve –

1 10 = 32 already planned our future together.

1 11 = 31 we have already struggled to secure a

1 12 = 33 better future together, now how things

Benezografs (Figure B)

Benezografs (Figure B) plotted above reflects eloquently linear stroke (curve) of the first twelve lines on the first page of the suicide note by the two lovers from Okija, Anambra State. The curve shows a gradually conspicuous tending rise in the emotional swing without corresponding control… on their emotional intelligence(s)/ drive(s)…their shared exhibition of strong willpower and undue aggressive tendencies that stimulated emotional instability, pervasively burdened emotions of obsessively negative selfish desires…. bluntness, obstinacy and stubbornness drove by self-opinionated ego(s) culminated to unfortunate crime of suicide. It is expected that this sad event will be a great lesson to Southeastern states in Nigeria.

Ben Ezeohagwu won the Onigraffiks Prize for literature (2017).  He is Professor of Graphonomy and Chancellor, African American University, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin and can be reached at Email:,, 08173175540.


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