Fans have been concerned about Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji for a while now, and the concern only keeps mounting as more and more questions arise concerning how good her mental health is right now.
The multiple award winning actress has been a fan favourite for decades, so it is unsurprising that her droves of fans would rush to her rescue at the slightest sign that something is amiss.
The first sign was when Genevieve Nnaji made a post talking about mental health. She said that mental health problems are more of a spiritual issue than they are a physical or physiological issue.
Shortly afterwards, she left fans worried when she shared photos of the Quran, a grave and a praying mat. These also came with Quran verses saying that every soul will taste death, and she proceeded to remind everyone to rededicate their souls to God.
Fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief when she didn’t make any more disturbing posts in the following days, but the relief was short lived. They got concerned again when she was not present at Rita Dominic’s wedding, even though the two of them essentially grew up together in Nollywood.
Before the questions about her absence could die down, she had her birthday, turning 43 years old. The occasion would have gone unnoticed were it not for her loyal fans who remembered, as she did not make a single post about it.
But now she has gone completely dark. The actress last night deleted all her photos on Instagram and unfollowed everybody she was following. The whole thing was so sudden that her fans feel like it signals that something is indeed wrong with her.
Genevieve has never really been the type to have a vibrant social media presence, and she seems to value her privacy. Even so, she did share a reasonable degree with her fans, in form of the occasional photo. But going completely off the platform is a move nobody anticipated.
As fans struggle to understand the decision she has made, it seems that the consensus is that they should be praying for her, and especially for her mental health. Many of her stans feel like what she needs right now is support, rather than a number of people questioning her or gossiping about her move.
Others have been mentioning her friends and family, asking them to reach out and check on her. Now more than ever, she may need her fellow film industry greats to rally behind her and show her that they love and support her.
And if it all turns out to have been nothing, and that she only needs a break, then we can all laugh about it somewhere down the road. But for now, better safe than sorry, right?