Fans and the public at large have routinely accused Nigerian artists of staging publicity stunts to promote their newly released records. However, whether the present case is one of those situations is hard to tell.
Three days ago, singer/songwriter Harry Song released a new music video to promote his record titled ‘Tekero.’ Two days later, he wrote on Instagram:
“Don’t cry when i die. Celebrate! Put up a kingmaker concert; empower more youths. I have lived. I have done my bit. Carry on in grace… TEKERO? I LOVE YOU ALL.#altersoldier.”
The statement raised concerns from fans who expressed worry over his mental health. In response and in a bid to reassure fans that Song was okay, his management team led by Desmond China, shared a note explaining that the artist had experienced “slight emotional issues,” and has now been booked to see a mental health professional.
“A big thank you to concerned fans, friends and family who have put in calls, messages and emails to check on Harrysong after his last alarming Instagram post. The truth is Harrysong has been dealing with slight emotional issues in the last few days and has been trying to manage it alone. But at this point we are getting him the needed help. We have been in talks with a therapist and a session has been booked. Depression is real, but when that happens one should seek for help from appropriate quarters.” – Desmond China
Regardless of the intent behind Song’s message (marketing and promotions of his record or actually experiencing depression), what is important to note is that if you have any kind of mental health issue i.e. depression, feelings of suicidal thoughts etc., you should seek help from a mental health professional ASAP.
If you are in Nigeria, you can start with an organization like https://mentallyaware.org.
Best wishes to Harry Song for a stronger mental health, if he is in fact depleted.