Veteran Nollywood Actor, Chinedu Ikedieze, popularly known as Aki, in a recent interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, shared the difficulties he faced growing up due to being diagnosed with stunted growth.
Aki revealed that he contemplated ending his life because of the bullying he endured from other children who taunted him for not growing normally.
The actor expressed gratitude towards his mother for her unwavering support during those tough times.
In his words;
“Something happened when I was nine years and six months old. I remember the doctor saying to my mum; ‘Madam, what he has is stunted growth.’
That was when I started hearing the words, stunted and retarded growth. I cried several times because I was bullied in school and even at home because I wasn’t growing properly. It got bad, there were times I thought of ending it all. Thank God I no grow for Lagos because Third Mainland Bridge no far o [laughs].”
Aki also mentioned the special connection he felt when he first met Osita Iheme, also known as Pawpaw.
His interview sparked emotions among several netizens with many applauding him for being resilient and focusing on building his acting career against all odds.