Terhemen Anongo, a dropout medical student, has said he tried to eliminate sexual urges by castrating himself.
The 43-year-old, who is now a wheelbarrow pusher in Benue State, said he terminated the procedure after excessive bleeding. He said the story of Origen Adamantius, one of the early church leaders in Egypt, who was castrated to stop his sexual urge, motivated him to do same due to his strong religious beliefs.
“You know how the issue of sexual urge torments one when you don’t have a wife, coupled with your religious beliefs. I am someone deeply involved in religion and I read about Origen Adamantius, one of the early church leaders from Egypt, who paid to be castrated so that he would not be bothered by sexual urge. It was in an attempt to do the same thing that I removed my right testicle but there was a heavy flow of blood, so I abandoned it (castration) and rushed to hospital,” he said in an interview with The Punch.
Anongo, speaking about what led him to dump medicine at the University of Ibadan in 500 level after his admission in the 1996/96 session, said he was not interested in the course. He explained that he had wanted to study Petroleum Engineering but his father, a Mathematics teacher, insisted he studied medicine. The experience in medical school, which he described as full of cramming and using terminologies without knowing the origin, forced him into depression.
“I was admitted into the University of Ibadan in the 1996/97 session (as a medical student) and by 2000 I moved on to the teaching hospital, UCH (University College Hospital) but I dropped out when I was in 500 Level because I was suffering from severe depression, which made me lose interest in medical school. Though at a point I tried to go back, the authorities did not allow me.
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“First of all, it was never my desire to study Medicine. I graduated from secondary school and had best results. I loved Physics and Mathematics, so I wanted to study Engineering, Petroleum Engineering to be precise. I got the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form and filled it and took it to my dad who was a Mathematics teacher but my dad said no; he said he had some Indian teachers who told him that the best course for me to study was Medicine. But when I got to medical school, I realised that Medicine is about cramming, memorising terminologies whose origin you don’t know. So, I lost interest in academic work but I still managed to pass and got to the teaching hospital,” he said.