Owen Gee who revealed days ago that he snapped into depression last year and almost took hos own life has explained how he got out of it. According to him, he started listening to inspirational songs such as that of Majek Fashek and read books including praying and playing with his family which actually got him out of that state. He says;
“Although comedians are thought to be the happiest people in the world, we are also human beings. When I was depressed, I had to find a way to snap out of that mental state of mind even though it was hard for me. For years, I had taken different pills and drugs just to calm me down. I had taken antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs; and there were times that they had given me drugs that would just knock me out and make me sleep but when I woke up after a while, I would be back to the reality of things.
However, none of the drugs was as powerful as self-rediscovery and prayers. I felt better every time I prayed and I started reading inspiring books. I began to read stories that changed my thought process and whenever I saw a book with the word ‘think’ or how to work on your mind, I started reading them. I began to listen to inspirational songs like Majek Fashek’s Spirit of Love album, reggae songs. The Spirit of Love album had a lot of inspiration songs; I also listened to Redemption song by Bob Marley. I paid attention to things that got me excited. I also started going out not as Owen G but Mr. Owen Osamwengie. I started spending more time with my sons; my first son loves football a lot, so we would sit down and discuss football for hours. That was how I snapped out of depression.
“A lot of people fail to understand that comedians are human beings as well and we do comedy because it is what we know best. Anytime I am in front of somebody, I feel the need to make the person happy even if it means the person would be happier than me. It is what I know how to do best but I am human as well and I go through pains like every other person. Comedy is just our work, just as you have bankers and doctors. There are so many times one has gone through a huge loss you know you cannot get back; if you do not have enough strength to put it together, you would find out that the situation would eat you up. If something more disastrous should happen at the time, you find out that you begin to enter a state of depression. It starts with unstoppable headaches, you would not be sick physically but mentally, then you would become withdrawn. I never allowed my hair to grow as I shaved after every three days but I got to a point when I kept my hair for three weeks and I did not care,” the comedian said.