Entrepreneur, Ubi Franklin, music artiste, Banky W and Dr. Gbonjubola Abiri joined the founder of Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo at The Joy Masterclass which took place on Saturday, in Lki, Lagos.Themed ‘Dealing with Depression’, the masterclass focused on the principles of human flourishing, wellbeing and living a life leveraging positive emotions, healthier habits and powerful self-awareness practices, as the guests and participants shared personal stories and practical ways of addressing depression and the rising suicide rate among Nigerians.
Recommending a “love yourself enough to try” attitude to life, award winning musician and actor, Banky Wellington – fondly known as Banky W – led an honest and deeply personal exploration of how he dealt with and overcame depression with over one hundred participants at The Joy Masterclass last weekend.
Speaking at the event, Ubi Franklin, founder, Made Men Music Group (MMMG), shared powerful stories about his previous suicidal thoughts. He explained the need to avoid creating negative pictures in the mind or attaching importance to specific dates that represent bad moments, but instead use such days or moments as an impetus for success.
“There’s never a right moment to commit suicide. It’s all about the mind. Depression is usually created through silent pressure which will create a negative mindset, perception, or the compulsion to live our lives in order not to disappoint our parents, families or communities,” he said.