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Joeboy: Most young people hide problems behind Drugs

Joeboy: Most young people hide problems behind Drugs
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Celebrity artiste Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa, popularly known as Joeboy, joined a host of notable personalities to lend his voice on the adverse effects of substance abuse during the MTN Anti-Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP).


The event, a brainchild of MTN Foundation, is held annually in commemoration of World Drug Day and was themed “Share Facts on Drugs. Save Lives.”

Joeboy: Most young people hide problems behind Drugs

The Bariga-bred artiste spoke on several issues relating to why young Nigerians take solace in drugs and substance abuse. According to him, he noted that “most young people see drugs as a means to escape from their problems.” While this appears accurate, he explained that the relief obtained from substance abuse is only temporary as they will still need to address their diverse challenges.



Responding to how he handles his friends and colleagues who do drugs, Joeboy stated that condemning those already addicted to the intake of drugs is a wrong approach. Instead, he suggested that the act of drug abuse should be condemned and not the persons involved. His stance on how best to deal with the issue of drug addiction was highlighted when he said, “Condemning the people doing drugs is going to be a wrong approach because you are just going to make them defensive about their situation.”


Riding on the backdrop of proffering workable solutions to those already addicted, he noted that the best way to help young people out of their drug-related predicament is to extend love to them. He believes reaching out to them in love will achieve more impact as they would be more receptive to the message. In his words, “I think when you are trying to help people out of drug abuse, you have to help them in love. This will help reduce the pressure on them and also gradually get them withdrawn from substance abuse.”

Joeboy: Most young people hide problems behind Drugs

Speaking on the coping mechanisms that people could adapt to deal with the urge of drug abuse, Joeboy admonished young people to get themselves distracted and to also confide in trusted persons. Getting your mind busy and being accountable to a person leads to a paradigm mind shift in a drug abuser. Sharing how he copes with his pressures, he said, “I work out, and there are trusted people I speak to. This helps me with my anxiety issues and strengthens my resolve to never resort to drugs.”



It is essential to note that MTN ASAP is a multi-stakeholder intervention spearheaded by the MTN Foundation to deliver interventions that reduce drug abuse rates among Nigerian youths. As reports from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) reveal that there are about 14.3 million drug users in Nigeria, MTN Nigeria is making strategic efforts to address growing concerns around the abuse of controlled substances by Nigerian youths.

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