A video of a student at the Meru National Polytechnic filming herself while taking pills to commit suicide went viral online.
Netizens were shocked after watching the last moments of Fridah Makena, who sent her friends text disguised goodbye messages.
Makena popped the white pills down her throat, forcing them down with water she had held in a tumbler and moving away from the camera when she finished swallowing them.
According to various reports, Makena committed suicide after her boyfriend, who reportedly studies at Cooperative University in Nairobi, cheated on her.
In a message to a friend, Makena stated: "I am sorry but I can’t take it anymore. Kelvoh (Fridah’s boyfriend) is the last thing I wanted to lose. There’s no life without him. Suicide was the last thing I ever thought of but I give up. All the best and please don’t miss me."
A few minutes to 2pm last Friday, Makena messaged another friend telling him she did not want to live a second longer.
The friend consoled Makena, telling her she would overcome the hurdles and asked where she was to which the deceased replied: “I think I can’t. I have reached the end”.
The Meru National Polytechnic Dean of Students confirmed Makena’s death in a notice to the institution’s fraternity.
Friends said that Makena would frequently visit her boyfriend at the Cooperative University.
They claimed that what hurt the young beautiful girl was not the cheating but the fact that the boyfriend rubbed it in her face and "made sure she knew".
The number of suicides reported in Kenya have risen by 58 per cent between 2008 and 2017 to reach 421, official data reveal.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year, which means one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide, WHO adds.