Why Nigerian Business Woman Committed Suicide In Ghana


A Nigerian woman, identified as Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, has been reported dead after committing suicide over the closure of her shop by the authorities of the market where she sold her goods in Ghana.

It was gathered that the shops of some Nigerians were reportedly locked down by Ghanaian authorities last month over their inability to meet the strict trading conditions set up by the government.

According to the Ghanaian authority, traders must have one million dollars as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana as stipulated in its Ministry of Trade and Industry Act, 2013.

Following the development the sad demise of Stella Okpaleke was announced yesterday by the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs), Ghana Chapter, when the leadership visited the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.

Nnaji, armed with a petition to Buhari, while calling for the intervention of the Federal Government over the alleged maltreatment of Nigerian businessmen in Ghana said;

“Regrettably on Saturday, Sept. 22, one of our female members, Mrs Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, whose shop has been under lock and key by the Ghana authority committed suicide. She committed suicide based on her shop and that of her husband that were locked. The information we gathered was that when they locked the shop, she lost hope of reopening it. She is from Nnewi Local Government (Area) in Anambra. We actually don’t know how much she owed, but we learnt that she took loan for her business.”

Nnaji who noted that the harassment on the Nigerian community and traders in Kumasi, Ghana by authorities in the country, is so severe and unbecoming further said;
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“It is unfortunate that that very woman decided to take her own life.”

Thus Nnaji called on President Buhari to urgently intervene to avert similar incidents in the future.

While responding to his comments, Dabiri-Erewa expressed the Federal Government’s condolences to the union and the family of the deceased, And appealing to the members of the union to remain calm with an assurance that the president would intervene in their case to ensure a lasting solution to the problem, she said;

“I am just going to start by appealing to you, I know it is painful, it is emotional, it is deep but I just urge you to remain calm. I appeal to you to remain calm and may the soul of Stella rest in perfect peace. When she is about to be buried, let us know so that we may send our condolence message to the family.”

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