Sonia Ogiri says she felt like “ending it all” over a facial scar that took a toll on her confidence.
The US-based Nigerian actress opened up on her eight-year emotional struggle with a scar on her right cheek.
She shared a photo of herself dressed in a blue hospital gown and is seen lying on a bed with her face plastered.
In another photo, she revealed her never-before-seen face scar running from the left cheek towards her left jaw.
Ogiri said, since 2014, she had often blamed her failure to secure some acting roles on the “ugly” facial scar.
“It started in 2014. I lived with this stranger called ‘scar’. Ever since , I lost all confidence even with listings. I remember when I decided to settle in the USA. Looking for a job was traumatizing,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I would relate every rejection to the scar on my face. Close friends in the movie industry all knew when these happened. I totally lost it. On nights, I would cry endlessly. I tagged myself as ugly. It’s my face we’re talking about.
“Days, I would feel like ending it all cause I refused to accept my reality. I was and never a makeup kind of person but I had to start so I can cover up a little. I bet you’re surprised seeing it now.
“I remember whenever my mom sees me, she would say, ‘oh Sonia so you now permanently have a new identity? A mark I never gave you from birth?’ I would control my tears and smile. Visits to Nigeria, she said the same thing.
“My response this time was, ‘mummy, don’t worry I will try and take it off.’ Honestly, I know that’s not possible but at least let me try one more time. My first try was in Nigeria in 2014. I’m putting out my pain to help someone else.”
Ogiri, who doubles as an entrepreneur, urged her audience to learn lessons from her struggles and stay resilient.
“Some of us have a scar we battling with. It could be anything but, trust me, you will overcome. I have 2 weeks to see what my results will look like. So, wish me luck,” she added.
“I use this opportunity to thank everyone who loves me regardless, my past and present relationship, families, and friends. For some that always tell me, ‘I love your tribal mark’, you hurt my feelings but [I] never took it to heart.”
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