Kannywood actress, Safiya Yusuf, has opened up on her battle with depression, online and offline attacks after her nude video leaked online.
In a recent interview with BBC Hausa, Safiyya said she did not release the nude video herself, and accused her friends and associates who have access to her phone of leaking the video.
She admitted to filming the nude video by herself but said she never sent it to anyone. She also said she’s not a lesbian like some people claim.
Speaking on her ordeal, Safiyya, who was suspended from a popular Arewa24 movie series, said she was stoned by an aggrieved person after the video leaked and she was also subjected to cyberattacks, and had to stay indoors for three months .
“70 per cent of ladies nowadays have such types of videos on their phones. It is just done for fun, not to go on social media and many ladies do that. I can’t specifically say the person that released the video, but all I know is that it must be one of my friends and associates that take my phone. Because I give them my phone.
“I was deeply shocked when I saw the video and how it went viral all over the world. In fact, when I received the news I could not stand on my feet. I experienced a lot of challenges, people were mocking me. There was a time that someone even stoned me, all because of that video. I had to spend three months indoors without going near the gate of our house.”
The actress further revealed that she almost deactivated her social media accounts after she was heavily criticized online but was dissuaded by her family who told her to take it as destiny.