I was depressed, brokenhearted when my father left the family- Deyemi Okanlawon
Suave actor, Deyemi Okanlawon has shared the challenges he encountered before stardom.
The award winning Nollywood hunk noted that he was once asked to withdraw in the university as a result of poor academic performance which was triggered by the absence of his father.
Speaking in an Instagram Live chat with popular rapper, Bouqui, he said:” I was in my coming of age years when my father left the family. It was a time when I felt I needed a male influence the most. I had just gotten into the University of Lagos. I was pretty young, I was 16 and I was studying Chemical Engineering.
“We share this same name and my identity was strongly tied to that of my father. It was so tied to my father that I felt broken hearted. Everything in my life shut down. It is now that I can look back and call it depression. I had no words for it, I was just lethargic, didn’t care about anything .I couldn’t study, I had a mental block for years”.
On how it affected his academics, Deyemi said:”I remembered that at some point, things had gotten so dark that at some point I went to the field of UNILAG medical centre in the middle of the night , I knelt down and I was screaming ‘Saying I was done’. I was screaming and praying. Not too long after that, I just felt this kind of peace and I started meeting the right people, I started studying again. Because I had been failing in school, I had been warned by my department that I would have to withdraw If I kept on failing”, he revealed.