Ngozi Nwosu Recounts How Rumours About Her Illness Sent Her Into Depression

Actress Ngozi Nwosu has revealed how she struggled with public perception following her battle with ill health.

Ngozi Nwosu

Nwosu sought public help 6 years ago to raise N6 million for medical bills outside the shores of the country when an acute kidney problem threatened her life.

She said at that time many speculated she was suffering from HIV/Aids and other diseases sending her down a dark road of depression.

The actress shared during the interview reading that much misinformation on her health on blogs felt like she was being buried alive.

“It was really difficult to come out and talk about because people said all sorts of things. They didn’t know what was the problem. The way press people put things can make you, mar you, or even kill you,” Nwosu said.

“There was nothing they didn’t say. People were speculating. No one knew where I was because I kept it to myself. Reading blogs and seeing things they say was like burying you alive. There was one that trended.”

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“It made me question myself, asking if I’m alive. One came out and said I had leukemia. I started crying. To make matters worse, they said their report was from the source’s mouth. Was talking on the streets, crying.

“I didn’t know where my life was headed, I didn’t know what was wrong, I even went to the hospital. I ran tests and I was very okay. But I guess it’s the price you pay for being a celebrity. The price was too high.

“If I didn’t handle it the way I did, depression would have killed someone. You can never be prepared enough. You meet people and you don’t know what they’re going to throw at you.”

Ngozi Nwosu, 58 also shared that she collapsed in her house in 2019 and had to shout to her neighbours for help before she passed out again.

Watch the full interview


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