Similola Oguleye, Nigerian songwriter and singer, says depression is common among young men because of the overwhelming “struggle to keep up” with life expectations.


The singer, professionally known as Simi, disclosed this during a recent Twitter chat with her fans.

Simi was responding to a question bothering on her opinion regarding the rate of depression cases in the country.

The ‘Joromi’ crooner described depression as a scary and sad phenomenon that thrives on a strong desire to get people’s validation. She added that the fear of failure is also responsible for depression.


“It’s scary and sad. Especially for young men. The struggle to keep up. The fear of failure. The desperate desire for validation. Very scary. I hope that we can let people know it’s ok to share and lean on someone when things get too heavy,” Simi said.

In March, Chukwuemeka Akachi, an alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), reportedly took his own life after penning a suicide note on Facebook.

In the same month, Segun, a candidate of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), had also attempted to commit suicide via a live stream on social media.

These two events sparked up conversations and campaigns on social media which bothered on overcoming depression and suicide.


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