Celebrities Who Battled Melancholy


July 31, (THEWILL) – Melancholy is actual. In contrast to in developed nations the place folks communicate out and get assist, the state of affairs is totally different on this aspect of the globe the place persons are conditioned to maintain their issues to themselves.

Happily, the narrative is altering because the at the moment are talking out and looking for assist. And like the typical Nigerian, fairly quite a lot of Nigerian celebrities have additionally battled despair at one time or the opposite. Within the final three weeks, a number of of them have shared their tales.

The likes of singer, Omah Lay, actress, Ada Ameh and Could Edochie made it identified that that they had handled despair at sure phases of their lives. A few of them had been capable of overcome it, however not a number of others, just like the late Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh.

Shade Wesley-Metibogun takes a have a look at some celebrities who efficiently battled despair and people who didn’t.

Betty Irabor

BETTY IRABOROne would assume that luxurious, success and a life that appears so excellent ought to exempt media government, Betty Irabor, from the plague referred to as despair. She battled the dreaded dysfunction for eight years. Her case could be attributed to the lengthy hours she needed to put in to nurture Genevieve Journal. She additionally misplaced her brother and father alongside the best way after which fell into despair. At one level, many thought she was on a food regimen after she misplaced a lot weight. She was labeled snobbish and anorexic. She tried suicide a number of instances, however was lucky to be saved at each time limit by her husband and family members. Betty ultimately sought assist on the Yaba Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Lagos. She additionally travelled to Dubai to hunt medical assist. After she overcame despair, she put her expertise in a e-book titled Mud to Dew.


Could Edochie

Could Edochie, the gorgeous spouse of actor Yul Edochie, battled with despair after her husband took a second spouse, actress Judy Austin Muoghalu, and welcomed a son along with her. Having spent 18 years as Yul’s spouse, despair was inevitable for Could. She married him when she was simply 22 years-old. The duo attended the College of Port-Harcourt collectively. She was solely capable of recover from despair when her household and pals rallied around her in addition to her resolve to chart a optimistic course for herself.


Halima Abubakar

The entrepreneur cum actress who has been within the information all week for admitting to an affair with Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Energy Ministries, fought despair for seven months after ending her relationship along with her then boyfriend. Her case was additional compounded due to the adverse means she was portrayed within the media. She was additionally broke on the time and he or she had many obligations to shoulder.

Halima claimed folks lied in opposition to her, informed lies in her identify and was additionally deceived by these she liked. These led to her slipping into despair. She consistently battled migraines and sleepless nights. In some unspecified time in the future, she tried suicide as a result of she had no one to run to for assist. She ultimately sought assist and was on remedy for some time earlier than she might overcome despair.


Singer Tiwa Savage’s ex-husband, Tunji Balogun, in any other case referred to as TeeBillz, battled despair in 2016 after his marriage to Tiwa crashed. He additionally tried suicide. It began with him ranting about his spouse and her mom. He revealed that his spouse cheated on him and accused his mother-in-law of being diabolical. He stopped speaking to folks and took solace in alcohol. To crown all of it, he tried leaping into the Lagos Lagoon however was thankfully rescued by a few of his pals. In 2018, he started to see a therapist and was capable of overcome the ordeal. Teebillz lives fortunately in Los-Angeles, California together with his lover and welcomed a child along with her a number of months in the past.

Tonto Dikeh

The working mate to Tonte Ibraye, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) fell into despair in 2013, however she didn’t open up about it till seven years later. She attributed this to her troubled profession. Many producers complained of her rudeness on film units, she fought with a few of her colleagues reminiscent of veterans Ngozi Ezeonu, Kenneth Okonkwo and known as out Mercy Johnson after she returned to film set a number of weeks after giving start to her first youngster. Dikeh was blacklisted and lots of producers prevented her. A few of her pals additionally began avoiding her due to her erratic conduct. It acquired so unhealthy that she nearly dedicated suicide at some extent, however she was rescued by Michael Ajereh, often known as Don Jazzy and Tunji Balogun, aka TeeBillz. She needed to bear remedy so as to overcome her despair.She later arrange the Tonto Dikeh Basis to assist those that are combating despair in order that they will conquer the plague.


Many didn’t consider that Harrison Tare Okiri, often known as Harrysong, battled despair, judging by his profitable profession and the variety of hit songs he has churned out over time. Nonetheless, in 2018, the singer cried out on social media with a cryptic message about dying and the best way he must be remembered. He revealed that his household and pals mustn’t cry after his dying as a result of he had achieved his greatest, however they need to have a good time and stage a live performance in his honour.

His administration needed to challenge a press launch to inform his followers that their idol was battling despair. Just a few days after his outburst, he gave his followers an replace about his situation, whereas revealing that he sought assist from a therapist.

Eniola Badmus

Actress Eniola Badmus additionally has her share of despair tales to inform. Gbogbo Bigz women, as she is fondly known as, fought despair on account of her stature, as a plus sized woman. She was typically physique shamed and rejected for some roles within the film trade. She as soon as opened as much as a good friend who additionally joined in gossiping about her psychological well being as an alternative of serving to her. The actress needed to struggle so laborious to shed some pounds and shame those that had been physique shaming her. Humorous sufficient, those that had been trolling her when she was voluptuous are those hailing her new take care of she shed the surplus fats.

Ada Ameh

ADA AMEHThe actress sadly handed on after a protracted battle with despair. She had some ugly and unpalatable experiences that she couldn’t take care of and these ultimately led to her dying. She misplaced her solely daughter, Aladi Godgift whom she had when she was an adolescent. She additionally misplaced six of her siblings and her father. She was warring in opposition to all of the forces that contributed to her despair when she was slammed with a swimsuit for not executing a job she was given. The actress was out and in of hospital for a very long time earlier than she slumped and died in Warri, Delta State whereas visiting a pair on Sunday, July 17, 2022.


Elohor Ava Alordiah, higher referred to as Eva Alordiah, had to surrender her vibrant music profession due to despair. She recounted her battle with it and the way she was capable of overcome it in the long run. Issues had been working so effectively for the artiste till she fell into despair after she grew to become broke. She acquired misplaced and couldn’t separate her alter ego from her identification. Each criticism and failure that Eva acquired in the middle of her profession acquired to her. She additionally realized that she had been dwelling a lie and misplaced contact with actuality.

She needed to stop music for a interval of 5 years and tried to find herself. She needed to show to herself that she would be capable to dwell with out relying on her music, fame and no matter she was recognized with. She later learnt the best way to become profitable on-line and have become a content material creator, incomes N17 million inside 9 months of beginning her journey as a content material creator. She constructed an app, Kobocourse.com the place coaches can add and promote their programs on-line. She additionally returned to music however now does it at her leisure.

Chimamanda Adichie

The famend creator whose ideas and artistic prowess has been applauded over time has additionally been a sufferer of despair. She first made her battle identified in an article within the UK Guardian. For her, it often begins with a pimple or a sense of heaviness which ends up in ache. She needed to search medical assist and it was within the course of that she was recognized. She signed up for counseling till she was free from it.

Toyin Abraham

Gifted thespian, Toyin Abraham may be dwelling a fulfilled and pleased life, however she has contended with despair and this was after her first marriage with colleague, Adeniyi Johnson crashed. She fell into despair and have become hooked on medication. Her administration ensured that she sought assist and was capable of overcome the plague.




Singer Adeyemi Olumuyiwa Osinuga, extra popularly referred to as Nomoreloss, battled despair until he breathed his final in 2016. He was a pressure to reckon with within the music world. At one level, he ventured into the printed trade as a radio and tv host. Issues abruptly nosedived for him and his spouse of a few years abandoned him. He fell into despair after that and battled sick well being till his dying. He needed to relocate to his brother’s home however sadly left when his brother’s spouse couldn’t tolerate his keep. He was down with malaria and typhoid for some time however shut sources revealed that he dedicated suicide to finish his ache. He was abandoned by pals who had been supposedly near him when the going was good.

Yomi Makun

Gifted designer, Yomi Makun, in any other case referred to as Yomi Informal, has all of it; a vibrant and profitable profession, stunning spouse and kids, a storage crammed with the most recent cars. Nonetheless, at some extent in his life, he felt his complexion was simply too darkish. He slipped into despair due to that. The designer tried all he might to tone up his complexion however in useless. He was capable of overcome his despair after he realised that the color of his pores and skin was distinctive. He grew to become an advocate of the black pores and skin color after his ordeal.



Toke Makinwa

TOKE MAKINWAActuality present host, Toke Makinwa, seems to be a powerful girl who has every thing put collectively, however she as soon as battled despair. In an emotional publish, she revealed how the satan focused her thoughts and the way she was dwelling in fixed concern and doubt which later turned to despair. It acquired worse after her marriage to her health knowledgeable husband, Maje Ayida, crumbled. She plunged additional into despair and have become suicidal. She was sitting in her bed room sooner or later when the considered consuming Dettol got here to her thoughts. She wished to yield to the thought and finish all of it in order that she wouldn’t need to face the disgrace and mock of what occurred in her marriage. She needed to search assist to beat the sentiments and acquired again on the suitable path.

Moyo Lawal

MOYO LAWALProperly-endowed actress, Moyo Lawal, additionally battled despair at a sure stage in her life. She took a break from her profession in 2017 on account of that and in addition left social media till she was capable of overcome her pitiful state. She later shared her journey along with her followers the place she revealed that she had been dwelling in a physique combating to outlive with a thoughts that was making an attempt to die. However she revealed that she wasn’t suicidal and was capable of get again on her toes once more with the assistance and help she acquired from her household and pals. Nonetheless, she didn’t reveal why she was depressed.


Osikhena Dirisu

Broadcaster Osikhena Dirisu, extra popularly referred to as Osi Suave, battled despair for a really very long time and in addition tried suicide thrice. He as soon as revealed that his jovial persona is among the methods he makes use of to maintain depressive ideas away. He was capable of open up about his plight after information of a person who wished to leap into the lagoon went viral. In an open letter to his future girlfriend, which he wrote in 2016, he revealed that he battled scientific despair for a very long time. It typically begins with temper swings and the sensation of irritation on the slightest contact from somebody. He nevertheless needed to develop methods to deal with his fixed depressive persona by talking out and discovering a purpose to remain alive. To him, most individuals don’t open up about their psychological state as a result of they’re often ridiculed and laughed at.

Julius Agwu

Humour service provider, Julius Agwu, battled despair in 2015 after it was found that he had three tumours in his mind. The comic, who is among the most profitable males within the leisure trade, grew to become a shadow of himself. He tried suicide when his household was not at residence sooner or later, however he was later rescued. He had parked all of the necessary paperwork of his property and given them to his spouse with the hope of ending all of it.

Agwu later went for surgical procedure at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston, Texas, United State of America. Docs battled to save lots of his life in a surgical procedure that lasted 4 hours. At some extent, he was pronounced useless and was packed to be moved to the morgue, however God miraculously restored him and he was capable of dwell a traditional life afterwards.

Ubi Franklin

Ubi Ekapong Ofem, popularly referred to as Ubi Franklin, fell into despair in 2016 after his marriage to Nollywood actress, Lillian Esoro, fell aside not too lengthy after they each walked down the aisle. He battled the sensation for nearly a yr and nearly ended his personal life. He misplaced urge for food and struggled with insomnia for a very long time. He grew to become a shadow of himself and stored his family and friends nervous about his welfare. He grew to become a continuing customer to the hospital the place he was handled for various illnesses nearly each week. He would present up on daily basis trying misplaced and drained, however he stored pretending in public as if every thing was okay. He tried to cowl up with materials possession and acquired himself a automobile of his goals value hundreds of thousands of naira, however he nonetheless wasn’t fulfilled. Deep down inside him, he continued battling his bouts of despair. He deliberate to finish all of it sooner or later as ideas of despair stuffed his thoughts however the image of his son, Jayden, who was born the identical yr, stored him from committing suicide. He was capable of overcome despair with the assistance of his pastor.

Stanley Omah Didia

Singer Stanley Omah Didia, often known as Omah Lay, has churned out hit songs in the middle of his profession, however his newest album, Boy Alone, acquired him depressed. He even went so far as considering suicide in June whereas engaged on a number of the songs. After the album was launched, he opened up about his ordeal and promised that it was the final time he would ever cry due to a track.

He felt insecure, scared, depressed and was shedding his thoughts as a result of individuals who used to consider in him stopped exhibiting him love. He was additionally dumped by his girlfriend at the moment. To make his case worse, after he began remedy, he slept together with his therapist. He’s on a journey to restoration.

Modupe Oreoluwa Olateru-Olagbegi

Singer turned digital content material creator, Modupe Oreoluwa Olateru-Olagbegi, in any other case referred to as Mo’cheddah, went by means of despair as a result of hostility and hate she skilled within the music trade. It was one of many causes she needed to stop music and enterprise into digital content material creation.

Mo’cheddah grew up in a God-fearing household and began music when she was 16 years-old. She discovered herself in an grownup world and needed to battle to remain afloat regardless of the assaults and criticism she acquired. The trade was very hostile to her as a result of many adults felt threatened by her expertise. She could be performing and somebody would simply turn-off the microphone simply because an A-list artiste doesn’t like her. As a teenage woman, she couldn’t deal with the strain and the calls for of stardom and he or she misplaced her identification alongside the best way. She needed to struggle a authorized battle along with her document label when she was 21 years-old. After her exit from the document label, she tried to face on her personal, however she was bad-mouthed and blacklisted and no one wished to work along with her. She slipped into despair and nearly jumped into the lagoon, however her family and friends helped her to recover from it and he or she began out anew once more.

Melancholy in Transient

What’s Melancholy?

Melancholy is a temper dysfunction that causes a persistent feeling of disappointment and lack of curiosity in actions that had been previously thought of pleasurable, lack of focus, reminiscence issues, incapacity to make selections, emotions of worthlessness or hopelessness, fixed fear and anxiousness and in excessive instances, ideas of dying, self-harm or suicide. It usually impacts how one thinks, feels, behaves. In accordance with Dr Martins Osamagbe Ihowa of Samas Hospital, Lagos, how folks undergo despair differs from one individual to the opposite. Whereas a few of these emotions often fade away inside a number of days or even weeks, relying on the circumstances, some are extra intense and may final for greater than two weeks, extending to years. What this due to this fact means is that there are several types of despair with peculiar remedies.

Forms of despair

Persistent despair lasts for a few years at a time. Individuals with this sort of despair might begin to really feel like their signs are simply a part of their regular outlook on life.

Bipolar dysfunction means one minute you might be pleased and the subsequent you might be experiencing a adverse or unhappy temper swing. It additionally entails hallucinations and delusions.

Depressive psychosis entails hallucinations and delusions together with bodily signs.

Postpartum despair happens throughout being pregnant or inside weeks of childbirth.

Seasonal despair happens with particular patterns solely at sure seasons.

Situational despair is introduced on by particular occasions or conditions that causes deep emotional ache.

Causes of despair

In accordance with Dr Wasiu Badru, a psychologist at Yaba Hospital, Lagos, the causes of despair may very well be on account of neurochemical imbalance within the mind, genetic or adverse and disturbing life occasions. These will disturb the methods the individual thinks and acts and it’ll gas extra adverse experiences.

Therapy for despair

If deemed to be chemical imbalance within the mind, antidepressants can be used.

When associated to life circumstances, psychological therapy, that’s remedy, could also be of extra use along with the antidepressants.

Electroconvulsive remedy is a process achieved utilizing electrical currents for very extreme instances.

Recommendations on the best way to personally overcome despair

•Train – Take a 15-Half-hour brisk stroll on daily basis, it can result in enchancment in delicate to average despair

•Make out time for enjoyable

•Problem adverse ideas

•Recurrently eat healthful meals

•Get enough sleep

•Drink loads of water – It’s going to take away toxins, enhance the perform of inside organs and improve clear pondering.

•Change your routine.

Extra info by Ivory Ukonu.


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