#ST Mental Illness: Politics of Seeking/Getting Help 


There is this mentally ill woman (Aunty Ayo) I have known since I was young and older people also claim the same. Every now and then the hair on her head and pubic area are shaved by unknown people. She relates with people well and buy gifts for children, tell tales of how people with big cars come to her at night only to sleep with her and shave her hair. I saw the woman again today in conversation with people and I thought to myself, what if this woman is taken to see a psychologist and/or psychiatrist she might just be different from the so-called mad people roaming the street.
Rumour has it that she used to be a nurse and was cursed by one of her patients, you would believe this when you see how angry she gets when she sees sick little children,  she goes to the extent of prescribing and most times buying drugs for them.
I look at Aunty Ayo and other ‘mad’  people roaming the street, her good hygiene, love for good quality accessories stands her out among the mainstream naked butt, dirty wèrè we see on our roads.

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