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I was depressed, brokenhearted when my father left the family- Deyemi Okanlawon

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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.

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