The contrast between the lives most comedians live (have lived) and their comedy routines can be jarring for anyone who keenly looks at the topic.
Their stories might be the reason they become so funny-maybe they are trying to run away from their many problems with the commonly used phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine”.
One of those close reminders of the tough lives that some comedians have had is former Churchill Show act, Zainabu Zeddy. During an interview with Grace Msalame, Zeddy spoke about her failed marriage and how she overcame depression.
Her husband left her for another woman about a year ago, which is the second time he was doing so. The worst part of it was that he left her when she was 2 months pregnant which resulted in her experiencing depression.
That wasn’t all, her ex also took the only gas canister they had when he was leaving his kids and pregnant wife bereft. That whole experience made her have suicidal thoughts, but her kids and the unborn child that she had kept her going.
Her suicidal thoughts took her to the point where she contemplated jumping off her 8th-floor balcony. She went on to open up saying;
“Nilikuwa natamani kwa sababu hiyo time nilikuwa naishi 8th floor. Nilikuwa natamani saa zingine venye nimepanda huko nijirushe. Alafu kama mwanamke kitu inaniambia kuna watoto wengine wananiangalia.”
Zeddy credited her friends for helping her during that period in time and helping her pull through. The mother of 3 has become a lynchpin in the movement trying to help comedians who are dealing with harsh economic times and the resulting depression that many are experiencing.