Many Nigerian musicians are depressed, according to Iyanya


Onoyom Mbuk, better known as Iyanya, a Nigerian singer, has stated that many of his colleagues are depressed yet seem to be cheerful on social media.

He began this in a recent interview with popular media personality Chude Jideonwo.

Remember how Iyanya shocked the internet in December when he claimed on Twitter that things were getting worse for him professionally in 2021 because he couldn’t be booked for any event?

The Kukere crooner discussed his difficulties to return to the limelight after falling off on a recent episode of the With Chude podcast.

Iyanya said, “It is the reality of the game, you know. When you are out for a while coming back is even harder. Most people don’t even come back. When you come back like that you have to let people know that sharing our stories inspires so many people.

“So many people reached out to me to say ‘thank you for that tweet you made. You’ve inspired me’.

“We [artists] don’t share this [vulnerable] part of our lives. That is why so many people are frustrated not knowing that another person is going through something worse than theirs.

“A lot [of musicians are depressed]. A whole lot. The people who you see out there making you feel like things is good, they are the ones going through worst things. So, they try to make you feel like they are right. People are going through a lot. So, you have to be vulnerable with your experiences.”

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