“To deny someone’s feelings or experiences it to literally deny their reality.”
― Danu Morrigan,
Seriously in Africa, we love to prove that we fine, okay and a bit emotionless because we are Blacks. Coming in terms with depression is “Foreign” and it isn’t part of our culture. I ‘d like to ask you, why do you think that the rate of suicide in Africa keeps increasing by the day? You know why…because they are depressed. You don’t need to sad before you are depressed. A lot of stress is depression, but the African mentality is that a true Black man should be able to cope with stress and understand the struggles of what it means to be living in Africa.-Being African
In Africa, most of the time our emotions do not matter. To further explain, many parent’s aren’t ready to listen to the little talks their children have to say or notice the sudden behaviors in people.
Aside from that, the society is brainwashed with the stereotype that all men are strong and shouldn’t be subjected to emotions. They are hence not allowed to express themselves or break down, and with this we have come to have many mad men around who are occupied and consumed with so much anger. Domestic violence is a form of depression…who agrees with me? .
In most African Society, expressing your emotions to outsiders is like exposing the sacred hood of your home. And this is why a lot prefer to walk around carrying happy sad faces.
Do you ever wonder why you ‘d hear that a close friend, neighbor or family member committed suicide or died of a particular ailment that they never discussed with anyone? It’s because the society has made it clear that they do not care and wouldn’t like to listen to their problems because they have theirs, but if we stop hiding in the shadows and voice out a lot harm would be avoided rather than asking questions later, like how did it happen?