• Govi said that money stopped coming and those who were his friends in the industry stopped being his friend.

Malik Lemuel, popularly known as Govi from the kids' show Machachari says he fought depression for a year.

In an interview with Lynn Ngugi, Govi said that after he quit the show in 2018, things changed in his life.

Money stopped coming and those who were his friends in the industry stopped being his friend.

He recounts joining the show at a very young age.

"Life wasn't easy for them as they were a young couple and to be here, it's by the grace of God. I used to love football. I joined Machachari in 2008.

Life was not easy being a kid and a celeb but God made it easy. My mum has been in my life. She celebrates me whether am down or am winning."

He said that after form four, he needed new challenges.

"I knew I was born to be great. I knew I would get somewhere since I already had a name.

But when I left Machachari, things changed. I was still earning for some months after I quit the show but it got somewhere, the money ended. I started spending my time alone. I was used to waking up early but that life was not there anymore."

He said that one day, he felt his body felt different.

"I remember telling my mum I was not feeling okay but she did not know what was happening. My friends thought I was using drugs. I used to get very angry since I was not on any drugs.

After quitting Machachari, Govi said he knew there were many doors that would open, but after some time, calls stopped coming, friends were not there, until today, I have a tied circle of friends.

"Some of the people who were my friends in the industry stopped being there for me. I  got angry and I hated acting. The character was really me. Trust me, quitting was a choice but I did not expect the negative consequences. I could not watch Netflix."

Govi explained that his mum played a key role in his life and that he also sought help from Nairobi hospital and his Church Apostle.

"She would tell me she went through the same. it took one year and it ended. I think it was anxiety, anger and it is hard to explain. I felt like I was running mad. I believe in sharing it will help someone. My Apostle held my hand."

Gladly he came out of it a conqueror.

"Doors started opening up. I no longer complain about it as I think that came for me to understand what some people go through. Having a phase in life where you don't understand what is happening is a bigger blessing."

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