A wave of worry swept across social media platforms as images of a man, purportedly a former lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UoN), surfaced online. In the snapshots, the man identified as Prof Erichi appeared disheveled, wearing a worn-out jacket and sporting unkempt facial hair.
These disconcerting visuals sparked a multitude of questions and concerns among netizens.
Frequenting the bustling streets of Kimathi in Nairobi, Erichi had become a familiar face among the locals.
Originally from Bungoma County, it reported that Erichi was highly regarded as one of the university’s most brilliant minds. However, recent reports indicate a noticeable decline in his mental and physical well-being.
“Meet Professor Erichi, formerly a lecturer at the University of Nairobi. He is currently battling mental illness and is often spotted around Dedan Kimathi street. He hails from Bungoma County. As you pursue happiness, wealth, goals, and aspirations in life, don’t forget to pray to God for everything,” shared Kaslim, a Twitter user.
Speculations surrounding the causes of Professor Erichi’s present condition have begun circulating among the public.
Some attribute his unfortunate state to an excessive pursuit of knowledge, suggesting that his relentless studies may have taken a toll on his mental health. Others suspect that the envy of his fellow villagers back in his village played a role, believing he may have fallen victim to a malicious curse.
Rumors have also emerged, hinting at a tragic loss within his family that allegedly triggered profound psychological distress.
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In response to the growing concerns expressed by the community, a rescue mission was initiated, resulting in Erichi being located and retrieved just a few hours ago.
He is currently under the care of medical professionals at the renowned Mathari Mental Hospital, where efforts are underway to evaluate and address his condition.
The news of his rescue was initially shared by Ngendo Murugu, an active Twitter user, shedding light on Professor Erichi’s heartbreaking descent into homelessness.