I Was Depressed- Participant Opens Up On Ebru TV Dating Show

Koima's video during the show exploded all over the internet, adding salt to the slowly growing wounds inflicted upon him by a woman he was pursuing. She had trolled him for being a two-second man in the bedroom.

Comedian and blogger Kim Koima took to social media on Tuesday, March 16 to recall his participation in Ebru TV's dating show Closure, which drove him into depression.

Koima's video during the show exploded all over the internet, adding salt to the slowly growing wounds inflicted upon him by a woman he was pursuing. She had trolled him for being a two-second man in the bedroom.

"Everybody was like "Koima is this you?". Some even made fun of it, my cousin called me and told me not to read the comments and so I was curious, went and read like three and I switched off my phone." narrated Koima on his Facebook post.

The comments got to him and suddenly he was in the middle of the depression. At that time he was battling being broke on top of having academic issues, which accelerated the situation.

“Suddenly, I was famous but very broke! People used to stop me in town...this got to me a little and the depression really harassed me,” added Koima.

He added that he never watched the video, but the news of it spread like wildfire as his friends constantly reminded him of it.

He went on to reveal that the show was scripted, noting that whatever was discussed on the clip was not true and that he met the girl on location prior to filming.

“The show is scripted and I was paid to act, nothing that we talked about is true, in fact, I met that girl on set where we were given the script,” he added.

Koima received support from his brother, who helped him finally battle the depression. In addition, he promised to speak about it in detail on his podcast dubbed ‘Brutally Honest’.

His sentiments were a carbon copy of what Viral Tea's editorial lead and digital journalist Marvin Chege went through with the participation of another dating show, Perfect Match, underneath the same station. However, the comments the ladies on set threw at him did not faze him as he was used to hearing worse comments from women beforehand.

"I met those women, they were like three, before we shot the episode. Luckily I was not alone as the producers had planned for two guys to appear, myself and another guy I also met on set," he revealed on Wednesday, March 17, almost a year after the episode went viral.

He chose not to watch the video to spare himself from being launched into depression and ignored comments from his friends who constantly reminded him of it to annoy him. The comments the ladies threw, as he added, were enough to put men not strong at heart in darker places.

A report by the World Health Organization (WHO) in July 2019 placed Kenya as the sixth most depressed country in the continent. In addition, men in Kenya were most affected by depression, according to the report.

It also pointed out that depression is a common mental disorder that goes unnoticed and unreported as most people are unaware of its symptoms.

Depression is characterized by constant sadness and loss of interest in activities among others. It can be caused by age, gender, loss or death of a loved one, abuse, genes, certain medications, or major happenings in one’s life.