The sanity in my crazy | Ros Limbo | TEDxUniversityofNamibia

“What if I told you I was crazy?”

The opening line to a TED Talk that explores what mental illness looks like in the African context. Ros Limbo, a young black woman living with bipolar disorder in Namibia, details the realities of being a living taboo.

She takes us through conversations she had with families and friends; explaining an illness that she herself did not fully understand at a time. An auditor by profession and a yoga teacher by passion, Ros Limbo is also a mental health activist.

On her blog, Memoirs of a Virgin Prostitute, Ros writes honestly about the realities and the struggles of living with bipolar disorder.

Her goal is to breakdown the stigma that surrounds mental illness through by having frank conversations about mental illness.

Born in Otjiwarongo, she holds a BCom Degree in Accounting from Rhodes University, South Africa; as well as a certificate in Afrikan Feminist and Gender Studies from UNISA. Ros is also an avid yogi.

She is a contributor on The Mighty, The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) and The Depression Army. Ros is a firm believer that only through open dialogue can the stigma surrounding mental health be dismantled.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at