Denola Grey Opens Up About His Battle With Depression


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Nollywood actor and fashion enthusiast, Denola Grey has opened up about his previous battle with depression.

During a talk-show with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, Grey stated that despite the situation, he was able to find a way to get over depression.

Denola Grey said: “I was anxious and depressed multiple times and got over it. I never wanted anyone to pity me. I am a ‘solve your problem’ kind of man. If anything goes wrong in my life, I believe it’s up to me to fix it.

“Would I ask for emotional support from my family and friends? Yes. But, even that is a recent development. I used to face everything myself. In 2018, I had a bit of an awakening and decided it was time to be a bit more mindful. I started taking responsibility for my own blind spots and where I needed more work.

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“At 23, I had no other skills apart from fashion and journalism. And I had to make it work in Lagos with no friends. I had some friends but I had been away (from the country) for five years. I had to navigate through that. I have worked hard for everything I have.

“There were two years in my life when I was working for free. When people think that nepotism is involved, people will view you through their own level of awareness and perception. I cannot control that. You can feel either way you want about me. I don’t mean this in a condescending way but I don’t know you and I don’t care.”

When asked why he returned to Nigeria, Denola Grey said: “I ask myself that question every day. I don’t like sharing this but I am also a British citizen. I just wanted to observe the National Youth Service Corps scheme and leave because Nigeria represented a lot of pain for me. I wasn’t understood here. I was not allowed to be myself. However, I am happy I moved back. Nigeria taught me how to hustle. It doesn’t escape me for a second that I am incredibly blessed but I also know the amount of hard work that it took to get me here. Whether you like or not, Nigeria will pull the hustle out of you. I stayed because there was a bigger lesson to be learnt.”

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