Temmie Ovwasa, the artiste formerly signed to YBNL record label owned by Olamide, has taken to Twitter to push against jokes made about mental illness, stressing that psychosis was not a form of entertainment.
Using her Twitter handle, Ovwasa said that it was redundant to preach against mental illness stigmatization while also making jokes about it.
“You can’t be saying ‘stop stigmatising mental illness’ and be cracking ‘Yaba left’ jokes. You find Yaba left jokes funny because you think that psychosis exists for your amusement. It’s deeply evil and unfortunately normalised to make jokes about mental illness,” the singer tweeted on Monday with her handle @THETemmieOvwasa.
Yaba Left refers to the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital located at Yaba in Lagos State which was formerly an asylum.
Recently, Ovwasa disclosed that she struggled with mental illness and music was to her a place of solace. Trolls have continued to try and shame her with this disclosure.
Earlier on Monday, she wrote, “I don’t know why you will be trying to shame me with mental illness that I’m always shouting that I have. It’s not a shameful thing.”
E Be Like Say Dem Swear For Me! is the debut album of the artiste which was released independently last November.