5 African musicians who have battled depression and aren’t shy about revealing it

October 03, 2018 at 05:00 pm | Lifestyle

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

October 03, 2018 at 05:00 pm | Lifestyle

Image courtesy of Facebook Pappy Kojo

Pappy Kojo – Ghana

Pappy Kojo, born Jason Gaisie, is a Ghanaian hip-life artist.

In an interview with Delay, a Ghanaian talk show host, Kojo explains that his line of work is what enhanced his depression, “It’s just the work. I don’t think it’s healthy here. People expect you to be great and there aren’t structures for you to be great. It’s like telling me to be like Christiano Ronaldo and we don’t even have stadiums. I don’t have to stress myself, you know.”

Being nominated three times for the 2016 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and not winning any awards also added to his struggles. He commented, “I got depressed after ‘Awoa’ and the VGMAs when they nominated me three times and I didn’t win, and the whole social media was on me because I didn’t win an award.”

Many lauded Kojo for talking about what men in Ghana and elsewhere are very reluctant about discussing.

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