Ada Ameh, a veteran Nollywood actress best known for her role as Emu in Africa Magic’s family drama The Johnsons, died on Sunday night.
The actress’s death shocked fans and colleagues when it was announced on Monday.
Let’s look at how grief, loss, mental breakdown, and other issues shaped the late Ameh’s life in this piece.
Ameh stated that she became pregnant at the age of 13 because her peers exposed her to sex at a young age.
The actress revealed in a 2021 interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo that her peers influenced her, which led to her becoming pregnant at the age of 13.
When asked what caused her early pregnancy, she replied, “It wasn’t my parents.” I was influenced by my peers. They introduced me to the concept of ‘early sex.’ I became pregnant as a result of a series of events.
“The most beautiful part is that, on my 15th birthday, my baby was barely five months old. I was marched out of the Barracks.”
Ameh stated that she took to alcoholism during that period because she felt she had gotten her independence already.
Death of her daughter
Despite her early motherhood, the actress lost her 30-year-old daughter, Aladi Godgift, in October 2020.
Aladi died after an unsuccessful surgery in Abuja, and the bereaved mother returned to her daughter’s grave site in October 2021 to commemorate her one-year remembrance.
“One thing that was not easy for me was that I allowed my daughter to leave for Abuja. The day I made that mistake was the day I left her to leave the house. I’ve lived with that guilt all my life.” Ameh had disclosed.
In June 2022, the actress opened up about her mental health challenges.
“Everything is going to be fine. I have an issue right now, and it’s taking my life. I will not die. We will get over it,” Ameh had said in a video on her Instagram page.
The actress explained that she was given a job but could not carry it out because she was undergoing mental issues.
She said, “I was given a job, but I didn’t do the job because I had mental issues. Will people understand when you say you have mental issues? They won’t. They’re slamming me with a bill, suing me. It’s okay.”
Battle with grief
Appearing on TVC’s Your View on July 1, 2022, her last interview, the actress revealed that she suffered max depression even before her daughter’s death, but it worsened after she lost her child.
“I had depression, max depression. I’ve been depressed for some years, and it worsened when I lost my daughter in 2020. We practically grew up together. She was like my younger sister,” Ameh had said.
She also noted that she had lost seven of her family members before losing her daughter.
“I had lost three sisters before that time, and each had three children. I’ve lost three of my brothers and my father. So after mourning all these people, and then (I lost) my daughter,” the actress said.
She said, “When my daughter died, my world crumbled before me, and sometimes, I see myself crying for days.”
Ameh also remembered her daughter on her posthumous birthday in late 2021.
Adah Ameh, who was born on May 15, 1974, in Ajegunle, Lagos, rose to prominence in Nollywood after starring as Anita in the 1996 blockbuster Domitila.