The Pain Behind Their Smiles: Reactions As Family of Late Sylvester of Dowen College Mark His 12th Birthday

The Pain Behind Their Smiles: Reactions As Family of Late Sylvester of Dowen College Mark His 12th Birthday

  • Late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni’s family members have celebrated him on his posthumous 12th birthday
  • The young boy died just a few days to his birthday after allegedly being a victim of school bullying
  • His family honoured his memory by getting birthday cakes on behalf of the late Sylvester and singing a birthday song

On December 4, 2021, late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni, would have clocked 12. However, the young boy died just a few days to the day after allegedly being a victim of bullying in school.

Sylvester’s family members were thrown into great mourning but they decided to honour the memory of their dead son by marking his birthday.

Late Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College
Late Sylvester Oromoni's family gather to mourn him as they mark his 12th birthday. Photos: @oromoni
Source: Instagram

To eulogise him, birthday cakes were made for the late Sylvester alongside big picture frames.

One of the birthday cakes was made in the form of an airplane and a pilot’s cap and shirt. Late Sylvester’s father had earlier noted that his son had wanted to become a pilot.

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The family also gathered to take photos with the cake as they sang a birthday song for the deceased.

See photos below:

Nigerians mourn Sylvester

Sylvester’s death greatly touched a number of Nigerians who are now clamoring for justice to be done on social media. They also reacted to the family’s show of strength in their time of pain.

Read some of their comments below:


“It is well, my eyes are swollen from crying.hmmmm the pains behind those smiles,I don’t think they have even come to terms with the fact that little angel Sylvester is no more chai #justiceforsylvester.”


“Why does this bring tears to my eye? See the pain behind their smile.”


“Their strength is so admirable.. God please keep strengthening then and make their joy full again Rest in glory Champ ❤️❤️.”

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“They have not come to terms yet...still feels like he is away in school or on a trip. God please help them when the time comes and the feeling hits them. Please comfort them.”


“It's the pain behind the smiles for me.”


“These families are indeed strong jeeez.”


“You don't wanna know the pains behind those smiles .”

May Sylvester’s soul rest in peace.

Please come back - Sylvester’s only brother begs as he mourns

The late Sylvester died just a few days to his 12th birthday and his big brother, Great Oromoni, took to social media to pen down an emotional tribute.

In the touching note, Great noted that Sylvester was his only brother and he begged him to please come back.

Also in the emotional note, Great explained that he and Sylvester were always together and he really misses him. The bereaved added that he just really wants his brother back because without Sylvester there is no him.


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