Depression does not discriminate, in recent times several musicians have opened about their battle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Gospel artiste, Nikky Laoye said she also had suicidal thoughts like Harry Song.
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Earlier in the month of September, popular musician Harry Song posted a suicide note on his social media account, it came as a surprise and he was immediately surrounded by fans, family and his colleagues in the entertainment business. He has since recovered and released a jam afterwards titled ‘Selense.’
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Another musician that opened up about suicidal thoughts was Gospel singer Nikky laoye, real name Oyenike Olaoye. During an interview she mentioned that she suffered chronic depression after the loss of her father in 2011 and the onerous period of her marriage in 2013 which was salvaged primarily by the intervention of her manager.
“I have certainly had my moments of depression. Losing my father in my arms in 2011 was one of the biggest blows I ever had to deal with. It knocked me completely off my feet because we were a very close knit family.
After his demise, I fell into deep depression, I locked myself away from the world for a long while musically and even from friends. It certainly took prayers, God and personal decisions to fight for my mind to get myself out of that dark hole of excruciating despair”, she said.
It is glaring that depression and emotional trauma indeed affects everybody and it has no preferential towards anybody. It is vital to reach out and discuss with family, friends and close acquaintances during tumultuous times to avoid intense affliction.
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Nikki is also a multiple Headies award winner and she is one of the most celebrated gospel artistes in Nigeria.