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Papa Dennis’ Death: UK-based Artist, Didier Madzayo, Wants To Help Kenyan Artists Fight Depression


Former Tusker Project Fame participant has come out to reveal that he fought with depression for a long time while trying to get professional help.

Didier Madzayo took to social media to open up on his battle following the passing of gospel singer Papa Dennis, who is said to have committed suicide after losing to depression.

“It’s been weighing on my mind all week and I am taking responsibility to speak about it again. One may easily think that superstars or celebrities have it all. Well, the truth is that depression can affect celebrities too. Let me enlighten you, —wealth and fame are no protection against this debilitating health condition,” said Madzayo on Instagram.

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Its been weighing on my mind all week and I am taking responsibility to speak about it again. One may easily think that superstars or celebrities have it all. Well, the truth is that depression can affect celebrities too. Let me enlighten you, —wealth and fame are no protection against this debilitating health condition. I am a victim of depression and I've seen some dark times, especially with the depressive phase of the illness. My dear friend suffered in silence. Now before I go deeper into what I am about to say, please note that; this post does not in any way elaborate what actually led to the death of @realpapadennis and I do not know what led to his death. All I can say is I understand and I am also fighting exactly just as he did and many others are doing. Yes we can say he was a christian or even a gospel singer and that the battle belongs to The Lord. Feel free to spiritualise it all you want. But allow me to educate you – Depression is a mental illness that doesn't discriminate: It can impact people of all ages and walks of life. In fact, Anxiety and Depression affects millions, both adults and under 18’s in the world at large. Here is what's more, it's the leading cause of disability in the world for people between the ages of 15 and 44. Did you know that? I understand what @realpapadennis was going through and I am not in any way or form comparing it to what I am going through. I did not speak up for years of what I have been and still going through. Coz I had to be a man about it and its deemed as being weak or being spiritualised to make others feel inferrior. Who in the world likes to feel exposed and more especially belittled all because of depression! Preachers and other spiritual people once told me I got a demon and needed deliverance. If they only knew how much I prayed fasted and sought the face of God. There was very little or no empathy especially from spiritual people. I have been made to feel weak or less of a person let alone a christian despite me trying to explain my level best about the prevalence of the disease, a stigma remains around mental health issues. Do we have to wait until an artist takes drastic measures? R.I.P

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He went on to share his journey in a depression saying that at one point preachers claimed he was possed.

“I am a victim of depression and I’ve seen some dark times, especially with the depressive phase of the illness. My dear friend suffered in silence. Now before I go deeper into what I am about to say, please note that; this post does not in any way elaborate what actually led to the death of @realpapadennis and I do not know what led to his death.” he added. 

Now, Madzayo is working with different mental organizations and is willing to help other Kenyans artists overcome. Madzayo, who is currently in UK, will be reaching everyone out to those who approach him regarding the issue and how they can go about it.

 

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