Monday, January 20, 2014

'I read blog comments and it depresses me" Halima Abubakar says

The actress admitted in a new interview with The Netng that she reads stories about herself on blogs and the comments make her sad and depresses her.
That’s like physical bullying. Online, they are invisible. I believe if you have a problem with me, you should approach me. But if you go online and comment as anonymous or use a strange name, you are still bringing yourself down. Yes, you would make me feel sad, but the damage will not be permanent, but temporary until I am strong enough not to read those comments again. I am going to say it that I am not one of those actresses that say they don’t read blogs. I do. I have been reading blogs for the past five years or so, but I have never commented. Sometimes I am pushed to insult everybody there and comment under anonymous. But then I tell myself, well, they would always remain anonymous while I stay relevant. And so, I bear most of the insults and try not to be bothered about them. It was not easy. I was depressed for a long time because of things like that. I just felt that people didn’t like me. I didn’t understand how people could still hate me even when I know I am one of the nicest people in Nollywood. Continue...
I am not disrespecting anybody, I am just saying that even if someone has hurt me several times, I will still be nice to the person. People just go ahead and bash me for no reasons. They don’t even know me and they are saying this and that. Before, I will cry and cry and get depressed. But now, I don’t even bother myself anymore. They don’t know what I’m going through and they don’t know my story.

Which of the stories would you say hurt you the most?
Amongst the many, there was one referring to people who patronize a particular hotel on the island with a politician, and my name was the headline of the publication. If you are saying you saw Halima, then you should have proof. I have never visited that hotel called Four Points. I had my premiere at Oriental Hotel. If I wanted to use Four Points I would have. I hate it when the media knowingly writes things that are not true. They know they are lying but they still go ahead to write because of the pull down syndrome. If you are friends of these selected people, they can make their own people hate you. Before you know it, the person will be writing nonsense and gossiping about you. Love is not like that. Just because you don’t love me shouldn’t be an excuse to attack me. You don’t know the things that I go through everyday. I don’t know everybody’s problems but I know mine. So, it is unfair that they will take whatever frustration out on other people for no reason.

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