Ada Ameh is one person who has literally walked in the shadows of death and still going strong.
The tragedies she has encountered in life including losing her own child to the cold hands of death not too long ago have toughened her mentality and shaped her perspective about life.
The veteran actress hopped into the studios of TVC to speak about all this and more. See the excerpt below;
“You said recently that you had some mental issues? Is that correct? What’s that all about?”
Uhmmm, I had max depression. I’ve been depressed for some years and it became very worse when I lost my daughter in 2020. Sometimes I wake up and you know, we (me and my daughter) practically grew up together, I was 14 when I had her.
So she was more like my younger sister. She was my friend, she was my best friend. I just saw my world crumble before me. I’d lost 3 of my sisters before that time and each of them had 3 children.
I’d lost like 3 of my brothers, and my father. So after burying all these people then my daughter. Hmm. After my younger sister died in 2018, I thought I was going to be the next. But when my daughter died, my world crumbled before me. Sometimes I see myself, I could cry for days. I’ve been in and out of hospitals.
“Do you think the experience you’ve had can give you strength to help other people? Cuz this is an opportunity to help others who are going through it right now”
Definitely. I get DMs almost everyday. Some people say they want to commit suicide and I ask them why. After burying seven family members and my daughter joined, became the eighth of them, do you know what that means?
I died a thousand times. So if I see anybody that going through it, one of the advice I would give to them first: talk to a doctor. Get professional help.
I used to go to Calabar before now because you know Nigeria we’re very funny. When you say mental issue, they just assume that you’re running mad. It could be schizophrenia, it could be depression, and it could be anything. So I used to leave Lagos to Calabar to get medical attention until recently we got a doctor in Lagos. It was very messy, it was very bad. God just helped me.