Nigerian musical artiste, Stanley Omah Didia, popularly known as Omah Lay, has opened up on how his sudden fame affected his mental health.
Speaking during the latest episode of the Afrobeats Podcast which was monitored by Africa Today News, New York, the ‘Soso Crooner’ stated he struggled at first with fame but found his balance later.
His words: ‘It was a jump; at first I struggled, and it put me in a bad mental state because I was still trying to learn my ways. However, with time, I got more comfortable and learned that I’m running my race and that I should move at my own pace.
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‘There was pressure. You don’t expect to move from one crappy laptop or spending all your life in the studio to being a global superstar. It’s just like they brought you from just starting music production to this right here (points at equipment in the studio): ‘You go lost.’
‘As soon as I learned and realised that, I became much stronger and started to enjoy my life more.’
He also stated he had no issues coming out to the public to talk about his vulnerabilities.
‘If I can put my vulnerabilities in my song, then I can talk about them. My music is all about my real-life experiences, and I know everybody in the world is listening to it.’
Africa Today News, New York had reported earlier how Omah Lay opened up about being suicidal and depressed.
In another report, Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Idowu Owohunwa, yesterday, inaugurated a 13-man Special Investigation Team to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Nigerian singer and Naira Marley’s former protege, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly called Mohbad, on 12 September, in Lagos.
This came as Nigerian celebrities and aggrieved fans of Mohbad are taking to the streets this morning to demand justice for the late singer.
The protests, which kicked off in Akure, Ondo State, yesterday, are expected to spread to other states.
Meanwhile, the team headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Saheed Kassim, is expected to, among other terms of reference, exhume Mohbad’s body and carry out autopsy as well as conduct toxicology and histology tests on it, according to Owohunwa.