Growing up, the picture I had of a mentally ill person was the man at the waste dump area dressed shabbily and picking items from the trash. That was what ‘mad’ meant. We were conditioned to believe that he had been condemned to such a life due to his own wickedness and iniquities. I am not the only one with that picture. Though statistics may not come to my aid on this one, I strongly believe that more than 70% of Nigerians (the most populous country in Africa) fall in line with my assertion. Which begs the question; can mental illness truly be stigma free?