Mental Health

‘My OCD’s the worst!’ The pretty girl behind me laughed as she wiped off the speck of dirt on her table with a handkerchief. I wonder if she has them too. Those thoughts. Those unspeakable thoughts that the lips dare not carry. I wonder if she avoids her baby niece and nephews because she is...
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Worrying is a part of life. Often, we find ourselves concerned over various circumstances in our lives, be it financial needs/commitments; emotional needs; concerns over our jobs, etc. However, there is a thin line between normal worry and what psychologists call general anxiety disorder, which is a form of anxiety that affects many people. Generalized...
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Let me tell you a tale of myself And the hassle that comes with me I want to let it all out and confess These random emotions leading to stress The days I’m swinging on life’s edge And switching sides; smiling and sulkin’ Shaking but holding my heart steady I’m a midget in a 12ft...
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Oga John is a short tense film drawn from our present-day encounter, narrating the subject matter of “mental health” and colliding two worlds apart. It explores the use of cinematic storytelling, which is rarely employed in Nollywood movies. In his little cramped shop, Oga John attends to a customer; a middle-aged woman in a native...
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Mama, Would you please just hold me? I’m here again. Like a toddler running back, Hungry to suckle from her mother’s breasts. Sorry, mama, I should have grown up, Past all these. But mama, I still cry at night. They keep coming back for me, mama Clawing and pinching at my innards, Twisting them the...
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As an introvert, I have convinced myself that being alone isn’t lonely. Introversion comes with self preferential quality and the ability to not need people. We talk about independence the way a kid talks about candies; a thing we are proud to have. Being overly independent and not needing anyone have become something I had...
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“Baba Agba” “Marvelous — Sabi Chop Winner” “Skeleton dey barb afro” “McFerdinand was here” “It is only a fool that doubts proof” I stood at the classroom door, staring at the funny inscriptions the students had on the wall. The dirty wall would have been perfect for graffiti if the students had someone to teach them. The...
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We often say to ourselves, “last last we go dey alright”, “it is well’ “such is life” and all manner of things just to give us the latent strength required to live through to the next day. However, is it really well and alright? When you become emotionally numb, you lose the ability to feel...
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I can feel it coming, Like the waves rolling towards the shore. I can feel the curtains coming down, Like they do after a play, Blotting out the light and everything in sight. Like the harbinger of doom and plunging me into darkness, The curtains are coming down, And I retreat into the darkness with...
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We have been visiting secondary schools across different local governments in Lagos and Oyo state to train teachers and parents on early identification of mental illnesses, and kids on how to take care of their mental health. This project, sponsored by ACT FOUNDATION kicked off earlier this year and the impact has been terrific. Few...
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