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“It was an amazing time for me” – Omah Lay recounts experience in Ugandan prison

In a recent interview with The Beat FM in London, Nigerian singer Stanley Omah Didia, also known as Omah Lay, shared his experience in an Ugandan prison.

Omah Lay and Tems were arrested and detained in Uganda for attending a concert at Speke Resort, Kampala, which violated COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

However, Omah Lay described the incident as an “amazing time” for him, even though it appeared difficult at the time.

He believes that his ordeal in Uganda was necessary for his musical growth and progression.

He said, “My ordeal in Ugandan prison was an amazing time for me. Although it was rough at the moment now looking back at the whole thing, it had to happen. It gave me the relationship I have with Tems and her manager, Muyiwa [Awoniyi] today. He [Muyiwa] was in the same cell with me.

“We were in Uganda for a show during the pandemic. We had paperwork to perform but for some reason, we got arrested after performing. And we are sent to jail. We were in jail for two days.

“It was just a very horrible experience. I wouldn’t want anybody to go through that. They were going to cut my hair, I wore a prison uniform. They were so close to cutting my hair but the person who was in charge of the prison was a fan of my music. He got us a nice spot in jail and took care of us.”

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