Nollywood actress Chacha Eke Faani has recently opened up about a harrowing experience she faced during a manic episode a year ago. In a heartfelt Instagram post, she praised the kindness and assistance of a Ghanaian banker named Esther, whom she described as an angel for helping her regain her memory and find her way back home.
Chacha Eke Faani, known for her remarkable talent on the big screen, has been candidly discussing her mental health struggles on social media since Friday, June 2. She revealed that around the same time last year, she found herself in the midst of a terrifying episode, waking up at 3 am feeling unsafe in her own home.
This particular episode, which she says lasted for months, led her to acquire a fake ID card in a desperate attempt to escape. In the early hours of the morning, she fled to a motor park in Asaba and eventually made her way to Lagos. For several days, she roamed the streets, hotels, and beaches of Lagos, desperately seeking solace.
In a twist of fate, Chacha Eke decided to use the fabricated ID card to travel to Ghana by boat. Her aim was to leave behind the turmoil she was experiencing. However, fortune smiled upon her when she encountered Esther, an empathetic staff member at First Bank Plc in Accra.
Esther, whose full name is Esther Klagbordzor, recognized Chacha Eke despite her altered appearance and mental state. With compassion and patience, she helped the actress remember her true identity and guided her back home. Chacha Eke expressed her gratitude, referring to Esther as an angel whom the universe employed to open her eyes to the reality she had become detached from.
The journey back home was not easy for Chacha Eke, as it took her several days to return. Despite her weakened condition and initial denial, she eventually made it back, grateful to have survived one of the most challenging episodes of her life.
The actress’s revelation about her mental health struggles serves as a reminder of the importance of empathy, support, and understanding. It also highlights the significance of destigmatizing mental health issues and creating a society that provides a safe and nurturing environment for those affected.