Former MBGN Anna Banner has shared a short story on some of the challenges she has faced in life. The beauty Queen also talked about having a child at 20 and raising her daughter who she had for Nigerian singer, Flavour.

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In a series of posts, she wrote;
FOR ALMOST 6 YEARS NOW, I’VE HAD SAD BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCES… IT WAS PRETTY FRUSTRATING, BUT I ADVICED TO ALWAYS WEAR A “SMILE” TO COVER UP THE PAIN AND SADNESS

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT SMILE WAS MY HASH TAG!

UT I HAD TO MAKE A PERSONAL DECISION TO MAKE MYSELF HAPPY BY MYSELF! AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!

MY BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR IS A HUGE REMINDER OF HOW I’VE BEEN ABLE TO PULL THROUGH! I FELT LIKE I’VE BEEN CAGED FOR ALMOST 6YEARS OF MY LIFE!

HONESTLY, NO ONE SEES THE SILENT STRUGGLES AND PAIN WE ALL GO THROUGH! ALL WE GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA ARE “LIKES” AND “COMMENTS” FROM PEOPLE WHO LIKES YOU, ADMIRES YOU, OR EVEN HATES YOU!

AND YES! WE POST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES JUST TO FEEL GOOD SOMETIMES! WE POST FAMILY PERFECT PICTURES TOO! BUT WE STRUGGLE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT! #BEHINDTHESOCIALMEDIA

WE DON’T HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT! I WAS SUICIDAL AT SOME POINT IN MY LIFE! I NEVER KNEW WHAT DEPRESSION WAS UNTIL I EXPERIENCED IT! IT WASN’T PRETTY AT ALL! I WAS ASHAMED OF MY BODY, I WAS ASHAMED OF SOME DECISIONS I MADE, I LOST MY SELF CONFIDENCE, I LITERALLY LOST MYSELF! I SCREAMED SILENTLY FOR HELP BUT NO ONE BUT GOD COULD HEAR ME!

I HAD A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL AT 20 (UNMARRIED, YOUNG AND A SCHOOL DROP OUT) AND 5 YEARS LATER, I’M A GRADUATE! I THOUGHT ABOUT QUITTING SCHOOL SO MANY TIMES! TRUST ME. I DIDN’T CARE ANYMORE! IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR ME TO HANDLE! MENTALLY, I WAS EXHAUSTED! AT SOME POINT MY DAUGHTER COULDN’T RECOGNIZE ME! SHE CALLED HER GRANDMA MUMMY INSTEAD! I WAS SHATTERED!

THESE ARE NOT EVEN HALF OF THE #SILENTSTRUGGLES

BUT GUESS WHAT, I CAME OUT STRONGER AND WISER! YOU MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH WORSE, BUT I CAN CONFIDENTLY TELL YOU THAT YOU’LL BE FINE! JUST DON’T GIVE UP ! GOD IS WORKING SILENTLY FOR YOUR SAKE! JOY COMETH IN THE MORNING!

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