Nigerian film actress, Charity Eke aka Chacha Eke-Faani has revealed how she disliked her mother and wished her dead while growing up.
Speaking up on how her struggle with her mental health prior to proper diagnosis affected how she saw her beloved mother, Chacha Eke bared all.
The mother of five revealed this in a post while celebrating her mum’s birthday, stating that she went from being best friends with her to wishing her dead and saying despicable things about her.
It did not help that after her manic episodes, the men of God assured Chacha Eke that her mother was after her life.
She said she got to know better when she came to understand her mental challenges and dysfunctional thought pattern.
Glad to have put the ugly incident behind them, Chacha ended her post celebrating and gushing over her dear mum. She captioned the video:
“This is a video of me and my biological Mom. I loved her intensely when I was younger. She was, and still is my best friend. However, as I got older, I began to dislike and develop deep hatred for her. I had nightmares and hallucinations that supported my euphoria. Sadly, many men of God told me after several manic episodes that she was after my life. And so i went about wishing her death and spewing despicable things about her.
Looking back now at my mental health challenges and journey, it’s laughable to know that those dysfunctional thought patterns and beliefs of mine were a disorder; a chemical reaction in the brain waves that switches your “most favourite” to “your least favourite”.
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Today is my mother’s birthday and I’m grateful to have realized it was all a sickness in my head while she’s still alive. I love you deeply Mommy. You’re a blessed Woman. 9 Grandchildren and still counting
Mental illness or not, Momma raised a Queen.”
Recall a few days ago, Chacha Eke Faani shed light on a terrifying ‘manic episode’ she experienced a year ago.
Chacha Eke who revealed she battles with her mental health recounted her most terrifying episode when she woke up at 3 am, feeling unsafe at home. She revealed on social media that she took a fake ID card made for her in a desperate attempt to run away from home.
According to her, the ‘manic episode’ lasted for months.
The actress said at 3 am she ran to a motor park in Asaba and subsequently traveled to Lagos. She loitered streets, hotels, and beaches of Lagos for days.
She added that she then used the fake ID to travel to Ghana by boat.
Furthermore, Chacha Eke said that she was able to regain her memory at First Bank plc Ghana through the help of their staff, Esther.
She added that Esther recognized her and helped her remember herself and her home. The actress wrote:
Slide 1 photo was me by this time last year-1st June 2022. I was in the middle of a manic episode that lingered for months. One day, I woke at 3am feeling unsafe and ran vigorously to a nearby motor park. I travelled to Lagos from Asaba like a fugitive.
Loitered the streets/hotels and beaches in Lagos for days. It was a rough blend of schizophrenia, depression, identity crisis and bipolar disorders. Using this “made-up” Identity card of me from one of my imaginary companies; I headed for Ghana by boat. Clad in black jalabia, I kept moving. I passed border after border; terrified & unrecognized.
In that moment, I was a “Drifter”. It was at First bank in Ghana through a lovely bank staff named “Esther” that somehow, I remembered me. I remembered home. Esther was an Angel the universe used to open my eyes to the reality I disconnected from. I began to make my way back home. It took days but I returned, albeit sickly & in denial.
One year later, l’m thankful to have survived one of my craziest episodes ever recorded.”