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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charles Novia speaks on stardom, its dark side & the Nigerian media

Nollywood's veteran director and critic, Charles Novia recently took to his website to speak on quite an array of issues he considered critical.

First was the responsibility that comes with living a life in the limelight and the huge responsibilities those who dwell therein are always shouldered with.

He cast his critical torch on two celebrities in the entertainment circle; one being a Nigerian; Majek Fashek and the other being Hollywood star, Robin Williams who recently took his own life after battling bouts of extreme depression and despair.

Read what Novia had to say below:

“I was having a conversation a day before Robin Williams’ suicide with my daughter, Nosa, about Majek Fashek and how I managed him and his career for 6 years (2005-2011) and released his hit album ‘Little Patience’ on my label, November Records.
When she saw visuals of how handsome and vibrant Majek used to look and his recent visuals of his emaciated and scraggly look, she was touched and pained. Especially when I told her that Majek is battling with a form of depression and other ‘spiritual’ stuff he has openly confessed to in some media interviews.
My association and personal input and friendship with Majek can fill many books all over. Someday...
But the key word right now is ‘Depression”.
Robin Williams died a few days ago of an apparent suicide. He had been battling drug addiction and depression for years. The great actor and comedian who blessed our screens with fantastic roles such as The Genie in the animated smash hit, ‘”Aladdin” and the splendid ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ among other characters he played, is no more - Depression.
Those who are blessed with the sprinkling of Heaven’s creative dust more-often-than-not, carry a huge personal burden. In Robin Williams’ case it is a wonder that one who could make the world so happy through his art battled sadness and mental illness in his personal life. Despite this, he made us happy.
Depression - As the world mourns his death, it is instructive to note that he is being celebrated on Western media for his ART. His battle with drugs and depression is glossed over. Oyinbo nor dey look that tin as big deal. To them, what matters is that one came, impacted, fought and left.
Our people should learn from this. An artiste dies and all the headlines would scream about the negatives of the artist just to sell copies. They would celebrate the bad side of that artiste as if the person never made any positive impact in his/her life. I tell you, it is not only artists who battle Depression. Many people in Nigeria, in all facets of life, are manic but they don’t just know it."

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