Veteran Nollywood actor Emeka Ike has opened up on his long absence from the movie industry and battle with depression stemming from past marital issues.
In an interview with Nigerian-Channels Television on Sunday, the 56-year-old actor said he went into "hiding" for a very long time as he struggled with feelings of shame and depression over his failed marriage despite not being at fault.
He said: "I was in hiding, I was ashamed for what I didn't do. That is sometimes the price you pay for being large..so I was depressed and short-circuited for no reason and I had to just hide my face."
Apart from his personal troubles, Emeka Ike attributed his time away from acting partly to unfavourable government policies that negatively impacted the movie industry in Nigeria.
The veteran thespian, best known for his roles in hit films such as 'Wayward Child', explained he had to retreat from the public eye until he gained clarity on what was troubling him emotionally and mentally.
Emeka Ike, one of Nollywood's pioneering actors, expressed regret for instances where he lashed out at journalists in the past as he battled inner turmoil and discord with some powerful figures in the sector.