Steph Isuma (Calabar Chic) 
Steph Isuma (Calabar Chic) 

Online Comedienne, Calabar Chic, Says She Was Raped And Depressed

Happy, jolly actress, Calabar Chic, opens up about her struggle with depression and suicide as a result of rape.

Pearl Emmanuel

A few months ago, Steph Isuma, recognised for her hilarious Calabar character portrayed online which earned her the name Calabar Chic, recently admitted that she was undergoing depression.

The versatile actress, who admitted in an interview to using comedy to cover up her fights with depression, said it weighed heavily on her most times.

She revealed she was raped as a teenager by someone close and has since battled with living her life. The actress cum comedienne recently turned 28 and recounted how grateful she has been for every encounter in her live. Although talented and jovial, Steph isn't highly celebrated neither is she given enough credits for her diverse interpretation of characters.

Regardless, she is happy and content to be in a good place in her life, despite having suffered greatly. Read her emotional post below:

So sometime last month, I opened up about my struggle with depression and managing it for years! Struggling with ptsd from some of the worst experiences of my life! From getting raped in the most humiliating way at age 14 to attempting suicide a few times to losing my best friend to domestic violence to surviving a house fire in 2017 & a kidnap in 2018. Wheeeew!  Living through all of the trauma, the nightmares, the panic attacks have been a struggle! You crave for peace but even sleep doesn’t afford that. It wrecks your dreams and turns your days into a living nightmare. It messes your head up, destroys your personality, your relationship with your family and friends, your work, your social life, it affects them all. I decided to share some part of my story just to motivate some people here because I want people to know that they’re not alone. Truth is some of the people who appear strongest. Some of the people u look up to who you envy are fighting the toughest battles too. I can come out wearing the brightest smile but deep down be really sad. But in all.... I’ve come to understand that living is an act of bravery. So, today....I celebrate me for never giving up! For holding me up regardless. Now I know better....I love my life and how it is turning out. I am grateful for it. If I could shine a spotlight on it for everyone who’s ever wanted to die, I would, because it’s beautiful and amazing and I would do anything in the world to protect it. And I want anyone who might be suicidal to know how much better life can be. Yes. Emotional pain is real, and no matter how much it feels like it can’t end, it can. It can get better. It does get better. Life gets better. And you get better with it. Thank God we don’t look like what we’ve been through!
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