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“2021 was a tough year. I officially lost my virginity, committed an abortion, and got my heart broken severally. I remember a resounding advice from aunty Ena, telling me to remain a good girl. They always said it, my family. I was seen as one that should do no wrong. Sometimes, I was scared of my own self. What if I messed up? And I did – big time…”

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A story that might resonate with yours. Sharing this was therapeutic, and I hope you find healing for all your hurts too. Nigerian writer and storyteller, Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu, recently published a short story, entitled Tales of Laura. It is great to know that some writers like Shalom are concerned with mental health issues, as the book is a vivid representation of mental health realities. There is an increase in suicidal missions, which stem from the experiences of people. With a focus on the female gender, Tales of Laura is an experience of paedophilia, unmet expectations, failed intimacy, and the trauma that follows.
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Through this book, Shalom seeks to touch the intricate parts of our mental consciousness with a voice that screams; “there’s hope!” The book is a collection of diverse real-life experiences of different people, embodied in one character, Adaa, who reaches out for help. Shalom also calls for victims of unstable mental states to seek help, just as Adaa. It could be a friend, a professional therapist, or simply a diary, like Laura. Shalom is a sprouting literary voice with a story to tell. Find out what these tales truly are. Available on selar.
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This article was first published on 4th June 2022 and updated on June 8th, 2022 at 11:09 pm


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