The Naija Weekly. April 25, 2021.
While life may seem rosy now for popular actress, Adunni Ade, there was a time she had it rough and almost walked away from what is now turning out to be a glittering acting career.
The mother of one says the journey that brought her to stardom didn’t start on a good footing as she had weathered disturbing moments before.
Speaking about the dark moments she went through during an interactive session with Chude on #WithChude, Adunni observed that people only see the glory in her life today but are not privy to the dark times that almost silenced her life.
Highlighting what she described as her very low moments, Adunni recalled the damage she endured growing up without her mother and the disappointment she experienced when she thought that moving back with her would make up for the lost time.
“I remember more hurt than I remember of happiness, growing up. When I moved out of Nigeria and moved in with my mum after secondary school, I didn’t realise the damage her not being around had caused. I just did not feel the love and care that I ought to.
“I began to ask myself, is there God? Why do I have to endure so much hurt?” she stated.
According to Adunni, she constantly battled with depression, adding that she had to be placed on medication to help calm her nerves. However, the drugs came with side effects.
“The depression was so intense that I had to use a tablet that had to be placed under my tongue so it could dissolve immediately. They did calm my nerves but the side effect was that I was beginning to lose my memory so I had to wean myself off them and start afresh,” she said.
On her acting career, Adunni Ade revealed that she felt she had been an ‘outcast’ in the movie industry. After being nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Africa for a movie produced by Bovi -”It’s Her Day”, Adunni expected that her career would be on an upward trajectory, but instead, it went on a downward spiral.
“I have had jobs taken away from me, I’ve had colleagues who have now become big names yank my name off and make lies to producers on reasons why they shouldn’t give me the job. Deals – endorsements, have been yanked off my feet because they don’t know me, or they don’t like me, or I’m not their person. So they would rather put someone they’re cool with, who can easily give them a cut – or whatever the case may be, rather than give me who truly deserves it,” she said.