Following periods of depression that resulted in him being sectioned three times, Shocka discovered the power of healing through self love and his music. Now a mental health advocate, poet and artist from north London, he shares his positive energy and message of hope, redemption and healing for all those willing to step into the warm glow of his powerful words. Bringing the TEDx party to the TEDxLondon stage, his message is clear: only self love can heal you. Shocka, aka Kenneth Erhahon, is a recording artist and mental health activist. Shocka started his journey in 2008 when he released the single, Beast on the loose, which led him to joining rap group, Marvel. In 2014, Shocka decided to branch out as an independent artist and released his new single, Self Love, in October 2018. His new single reflects his personal journey with mental health issues and how he has come to terms with these difficulties. Shocka believes self love is part of the cure for mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and low self image. By teaching someone how to love and appreciate themselves – no matter what their background or identity is – he believes it will drastically improve their ability to go through life positively. Self love is humanities healer. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Recording artist and self love advocate

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