Eva Alordiah, Nigerian entertainer and make-up artiste, says self-awareness and trusting in one’s self are the major therapies in improving self-image and confidence.
The 30-year-old singer made the statement on Wednesday during the ongoing Social Media Week (SMW) in Lagos.
Speaking on ‘improving style and achieving body-image positivity ‘, Aloridah warned that body-shaming might lead to depression and mental issues if not properly handled.
She said cyber-bullying has become common place on social media and that an average person would have, at some point, been a victim of body-shaming.
“People need to be aware of whom they are, self-awareness is possibly the only thing that we need as individuals to forge ahead,” she said.
“When you become aware of whom you are as an individual, it means that you can forget about everybody else and their opinions about you and trust your own inner guardian.
“We live our lives looking for some forces outside to save us; thinking that a messiah will come.
“We have forgotten that our saviour is inside of us; we need to connect to that part of ourselves and know when and how external factors are influencing us.”
Advising that people always be sure of the motivations for every action they take towards their self image, she added that they must learn to recognise alien thoughts.
“We need to know when the thoughts we are nursing are not ours. The only way you believe what people are telling you will be when you are not aware of yourself,” she added.