Nigerian born writer, Reno Omokri, took to Twitter to discuss depression and boy did he get it all kinds of wrong.
This isn't the first time Omokri had caused controversy with his ideas about how people should live their lives. Back in February, he sent out a message that caused quite a bit of backlash from social media.
In the post he directed his thoughts to women, saying:
When men have sex with you,they deposit some of their personality in you through their discharge. Having multiple men discharge into you negatively affects your psyche and personality. God designed women to be recipients of only their husband's discharge.
Yeah, he said that.
Dear women When men have sex with you,they deposit some of their personality in you through their discharge. Havin… https://t.co/HTH4rl90sg— Reno Omokri (@Reno Omokri) 1518412059.0
So it is no big surprise that Omokri is offending people once again. This time it is his incredibly insensitive comments about depression that have people reeling.
In his latest grab for attention he says:
Are you depressed? Ask yourself these questions:
* Do you have a home?
* Do you have food?
* Are you healthy?
* Do you have family?
It people who don't have these can be happy, then what reason do you have to be depressed? You are more blessed than half of humanity
Yeah, he said that.
Are you depressed? Ask yourself these questions: * Do you have a home? * Do you have food? * Are you healthy? * Do… https://t.co/u33JDjjjYA— Reno Omokri (@Reno Omokri) 1537778980.0
It didn't take Twitter long to set him straight.
@renoomokri ask yourself these questions: * does your brain reuptake serotonin at a normal and consistent rate *… https://t.co/yuuZhhb9K0— Moth Hiss Gristle (@Moth Hiss Gristle) 1538338084.0
@renoomokri @renoomokri Honestly, tweets like this isn't helpful to people who are depressed.— Justice Gilbert Jr. (@Justice Gilbert Jr.) 1537811302.0
@renoomokri Ah yes, because people who are depressed have clearly never considered any of this and don't often feel… https://t.co/Y32LXfsBny— Caraid (@Caraid) 1538342751.0
@Nsa20 @renoomokri Depression is a medical condition You could have a billion houses and all the food in the world… https://t.co/e6g4x5104k— 💀 (@💀) 1537867963.0
Luckily, people ignored this nonsense and were there to support each other.
@hanactive @renoomokri Thx, I felt bad after reading this. But you made me feel better— s e r i y a ! (@s e r i y a !) 1538359247.0
@renoomokri https://t.co/JjYd7sGdFC— VeraCious Chyrrkah (@VeraCious Chyrrkah) 1538336600.0
@renoomokri to anyone who has the misfortune to read this tweet: don’t worry! it’s nonsense! you can’t cure depress… https://t.co/MAsCekG51a— Beth McColl (@Beth McColl) 1538401646.0
@renoomokri Fact: Depression is not a "feeling". It is biochemistry, and your tweet is literally DANGEROUS. @amazon… https://t.co/Z0Qs61SsER— CocoPops (@CocoPops) 1538335921.0
@HeadOColettuce @renoomokri @amazon Thank you.— stephanie clark (@stephanie clark) 1538343833.0
A self reflecting person might have hit the delete button.
@renoomokri Should you write an ill informed tweet about depression? Ask yourself these questions: *Have you suffe… https://t.co/qdbVO9kay0— Daniel Bettridge (@Daniel Bettridge) 1538404457.0
@renoomokri https://t.co/r9Iqj5g3L0— Tea 🌺🫖☕🍰 (@Tea 🌺🫖☕🍰) 1538371233.0
@renoomokri https://t.co/NSEAK72zRi— C.P. Young (@C.P. Young) 1538348210.0
@renoomokri https://t.co/8E03V1S95G— Former NwanyiOnitsha (@Former NwanyiOnitsha) 1538348329.0
Omokri hasn't apologized or removed the tweet so the people continue hammering him.
@renoomokri Depression is an illness. Often a lifelong one. The treatment isn’t “count your blessings!” This nugget belongs in the toilet.— H.B. (@H.B.) 1538431746.0
@renoomokri Depression is a mental illness. It’s NOT a choice. You can’t tell someone with depression to stop feeli… https://t.co/iygDWkZTLn— chloe ✨ (@chloe ✨) 1538410122.0
@renoomokri Depression is a life-threatening, non-optional illness caused by chemical imbalance in the brain and th… https://t.co/se13T1TxZC— Rachel Ella Thomas (@Rachel Ella Thomas) 1538448510.0
@renoomokri You may as well have tweeted “I have a very limited understanding of mental health,” because that’s the… https://t.co/SlGiE4Ohxw— Mae ☮ (@Mae ☮) 1538416512.0
@renoomokri I'm sorry, but it's not helpful to make posts like this. There's an implication that meeting basic huma… https://t.co/lFHtbto5vy— Lindsey Sharratt (@Lindsey Sharratt) 1538555626.0
This person may have spoken for everyone.
@renoomokri I.... I don’t like you.— Oliver Alexander (@Oliver Alexander) 1538473993.0
If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, here are some resources that may offer assistance. .