Brand influencer and former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2013, Anna Ebiere Banner, popularly called Anna Banner, has spoken out about the difficulties of being a single mother.
The single mother, who has a daughter with singer Flavor, took to her Instagram story to discuss the discrimination and stigma that single mothers face.
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According to Anna Banner, no one talks about the stigma that single mothers face, how they are stereotyped, and the discrimination they face from most brands.
Talking about how people judge single mothers before meeting them, she noted that being single is not a disease.
“No one talks about the stigma that comes with being a single mom! It’s quite sad. People judge you before meeting you. Being a single mom isn’t a disease my dear. Single moms also experience discrimination from most brands! Yes! I said it!”
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Recall Anna Banner disclosed that she had attempted suicide in the past.
The former most beautiful girl in Nigeria had written in a series of posts: “For almost 6 years now, I have had sad birthday experiences…it was pretty frustrating but I was advised to always wear a smile to cover up the pain and sadness.
“We don’t have it all figured out. I was suicidal at some point in my life, I never knew depression was real until I experienced it. It wasn’t pretty at all. I was ashamed of my body, some decisions I made, I lost my self-confidence, I literally lost myself, I screamed silently for help, but no one but God could hear me!
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“And yes we post beautiful pictures just to feel good sometimes. We post family perfect pictures too but we struggle to sleep at night! Behind the social media doors…I had a beautiful baby girl at 20 (unmarried, young, and a school dropout) and 5 years later, I am a graduate. I thought about quitting school so many times….trust me I didn’t care anymore, it was too much for me to handle. mentally I was exhausted, at some point, my daughter couldn’t recognize me, she called her GRANDMA MUMMY INSTEAD, i WAS SHATTERED…
“My birthday this year is a huge reminder of how I have been able to pull through… I felt like I have been caged for almost 6 years of my life…”.