Depression is fast becoming a mental health issue that is gaining ground in Nigeria as more and more people are coming out to share their battle with t.
Today we will be discussing 5 Nigerian celebrities who have come out to reveal their battle with this mental health illness.
1. Toyin Aimakhu
Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu in 2017 revealed that she was battling depression at some point. In an exclusive interview with Broadway TV, Toyin opened up on her drug abuse past which steemed from her failed marriage to actor Adeniyi Johnson.” I was losing touch with things that used to work for me because I was involved with negative habits like drugs, smoking, codeine. Codeine is very bad, it’s very bad. All these things were empowering my negative energy.”
2. Halima Abubakar
Actress Halima Abubakar opened up on her battled with depression following the end of a relationship. According to Halima, the end of the relationship led her to having migraines and sleepless nights. Halima added that at a point her depression got so bad she ended up being hospitalised.
The rapper via her age opened up on her battle with depression. According to the Koma Roll crooner;
“I was coming from a naive, God-fearing family and I went into the world of adults and I was thrown into a jungle and people did not care if I was 16, they attacked me. “The industry was hostile. I would be performing and they would turn off my microphone because the A-list artist doesn’t like me. “There was one day I looked at my Mum and told her ‘you taught me everything about love but you did not teach me to hate’. “I don’t know why she did not, but the truth is there is hate in the world, so I went into the industry thinking everybody loved everybody. I didn’t understand that hate.
“The day I won the Channel O award, that was around when Twitter came out and people I knew started dragging me online. People started asking why I won the award, people starting questioning me and carrying stories around me. What broke me was that when I left my label. People chose to pick sides and obviously it wasn’t mine. I felt as if I had failed, especially because I had thought that business will pick up. They had so much hate for me.
They started bad-mouthing me to people, to companies, to producers, so I was kind of blacklisted. They wanted to do everything in their power to ruin me and I felt God forsook me, sadness consumed me. I googled ‘there is this darkness inside me’ and I saw a lot of people had it, they were talking about depression. The only reason I did not kill myself, first, I didn’t know how I will kill myself. I thought about it so many times. I thought of drowning myself in third Mainland bridge, at times I wanted it to be quick, so I will be praying that God should just kill me. All I had to do was understand that as long as I was at peace with this person, every other thing will be OK. I live to be happy.”
4. Tee Billz
In an interview with Linda Ikeji T.V. Tee Billz shared his battle with depression in 2016 which somehow led to a messy split from wife Tiwa Savage. Tee Billz revealed the depression took over him so much, he resorted to alcohol and just stayed away from people
5. Tonto Dikeh
Mom of one and Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh is also one celebrity that has battled depression. According to her, she battled depression back in 2013 but somehow overcame it. She has since moved on to become a stronger person.
DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE WITH YOUR EMAIL BELOW AND GET MORE OF THIS EVERYDAY