The prison warden was my fan so he helped us – Omah Lay recalls Uganda ordeal

Famous Afropop singer, Stanley Omah Didia, known professionally as Omah Lay, has recounted his ordeal in Uganda four years ago.

Omah Lay and Tems were invited for a show in Uganda in 2020, unfortunately, they were arrested and charged to court after their performance.

The Ugandan authorities had claimed that both Nigerian singers violated COVID-19 social restrictions and regulations which were in effect at the time.

prison warden was my fan so he helped us - Omah Lay recalls Uganda ordeal

Omah recounted how a prison warden who happened to be a fan took care of them, and he described it as an amazing time for him though “it looked rough” then.

In an interview with The Beat FM, London, the ‘Damn’ hit maker said he spent two days in prison and there was a time they wanted to shave his hair and the warden prevented that from happening.

According to Omah Lay, his unpleasant experience in Uganda had to happen for him to move to the next level musically.

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.”