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‘Dust to Dew’- Betty Irabor’s Lessons from Fight with Depression

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 18/09/2018 - 20:48

In Nigeria today, so many people go through one psychological problem or the other but the chief of them is ‘depression’. There have been repeated cases of suicide lately with its root in depression. Depression is no respecter of persons; it affects the high, low and mighty.  The truth is that depression can be controlled and silenced with the right support and help.

Betty Irabor’s latest book ‘Dust to Dew’ chronicles her journey through life, battles, insecurities and her fight against mental health and depression.  

‘Dust to Dew’ you hope that whatever you are going through will pass. It encourages you not to give in and not to give up but to look at every situation in your life from a better perspective.

According to Betty Irabor, “Sharing my story on my fight with depression is me being audacious. Hopefully, it will shine a ray of hope to those trapped in that same dark tunnel where I was a prisoner for 7 years,”

“Dust is chaos, Dust blinds, it inhibits. Dew is Life, it is Hope, it is New Beginnings”, she said.

Excerpt from the book reads…

“…I heard the voice again, you’re no good. I tried to ignore it but it wouldn’t go unheard. You are nothing; you are just a big fat failure! The hand of trauma is long and strong, stretching over decades and slowly choking out life, as it demands to be dealt with.

With those words ricocheting around my head, I climbed back into bed and slid the duvet over my head. I could still hear it, so I got up and adjusted the curtains until I could not see a glimmer of light. I felt my way along the walls and back to my bed, where I pulled the duvet over my head again. At last, the darkness that enveloped the room matched my world”.

..”Insomnia and Menopause! This is something women don’t talk about but the reality now is that people go into menopause as early as 37. I went into menopause on the other side of 50 but the depression came later. It wasn’t diagnosed in time. I was simply told I was under severe pressure and was advised to close down or take two years off. I lost a lot of weight and people thought it was intentional. Thisday Glitterati wrote I was anorexic…”

“...I woke up one day and decided to get out of it. I decided to fight and get my life back. “


About Betty Irabor

Betty Irabor was born on March 25, 1957. She is a philanthropist, writer and columnist. Betty was a columnist for UK magazine Black & Beauty and a freelance writer for ThisDay and Vanguard newspapers. In 2003 she set up inspirational and lifestyle magazine Genevieve became the editor-in-chief. She is a public speaker and founder of Genevieve PinkBall Foundation through which she promotes breast cancer awareness, early detection and treatment.

In 2011, she was honoured by Association of Professional, Women Bankers as the Most accomplished Female Publisher in Nigeria.










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