Nollywood Actress, Tonto Dikeh has revealed how she nearly took her own life due to depression and people’s misconceptions of her.
Ms. Dikeh said this in a TedX talk she recently had the opportunity to speak at. She spoke on the topic Leveraging Controversy.
“For years, I allowed the controversy to break me because I was not using it. Every time someone says a negative thing about me, I would go home and absolve it. I never knew what to do with it, I was stagnant,” she said.
A clearly nervous Tonto said, “I let negativity got to me so much that I became what people thought I was. Then, if you call me a fool, I’ll act like one for you because I was in pain and need to let people know they’re hurting me. One day, I was in my room and was so tired. God knows that I was so tired that I took a bottle of sniper and drank it all.
She narrated how she tool sniper to end it all but she survived it and Christ told her that he had given her a second chance.
“I just wanted it to be over. It was too much for me that I couldn’t control it. In my mind, I knew who I am but you’re telling me I’m someone else. My life was in a fix. I took the poison and kept waiting for what would happen….in that instance Jesus spoke to me ‘I gave you a second chance.”
“I am probably one of the most controversial persons on earth, proudly. The only reason why I can be proud of it is that I’m not fighting it, I’m using it for my advantage, I’m using it for my growth, for my satisfaction,” she added.
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