Adam A. Zango, a well-known Nigerian actor, has revealed that he is currently undergoing depression treatment following his separation from his wife.
Following months of family strife, the actor’s marriage to Safiyya Umar Chalawa came to an abrupt end in April 2023.
In a recent interview with journalists, Zango spoke candidly about his challenges, acknowledging his withdrawal from daily activities and pursuit of self-reflection.
He discussed the difficulties he encountered, which included conflicts with industry colleagues, family issues, and societal misinterpretations of his statements.
Zango admitted that these pressures caused him to lose focus and face a mental health crisis.
“I am one of those facing challenges in Kannywood; I have suffered the most.” If hundreds of people in this industry say something, nothing happens, but if I say anything, some people will misinterpret it.
“So these things compelled me to stay away a little. I had issues with some producers and actors in the industry. I also have an issue with my family. These challenges exacerbated my situation to the point where I lost focus. I don’t even do or think correctly.
“So instead of me to come online or physically and be misbehaving while depressed, I chose to stay away to recover before bouncing back to continue my activities,” the actor who plays Kannywood told BBC Hausa.
He went on to say, “You are aware that depression is a medical condition that requires treatment. I have a doctor who counsels me, and this, combined with prayers from my mother, fans, and myself, has greatly aided my quick recovery.”
Zango also discussed potential reconciliation with his estranged spouse, stating that they have yet to reconcile and that he recently discovered that she is about to marry another man.
Furthermore, he clarified his earlier statement that he did not want to remarry, attributing it to anger and expressing his current understanding of the importance of entering into another marriage to protect his honour and that of his family.
“I have to get married to protect my dignity, that of my children and my mother because now I am becoming a complete human being,” he told the audience.
Zango identified social media as a key factor in the breakdown of his most recent relationship.
He stated that he initially allowed his wife to use social media platforms for professional purposes, but that things turned out badly.
Reflecting on his previous encounters, Zango stated that in future marriages, he would prioritise assessing a woman’s familial background, gaining valuable insights from his previous experiences.