Nigerian artists Stanley Omah Didia, better known as Omah Lay, and Temilade Openiyi, known as Tems, have broken their silence on the events that took place over last weekend after a show they had had a show in Uganda. Kasana events booked the two to perform at The Big Brunch, Afro edition, which happened at Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo.
After the show, Omah Lay took to his Instagram to post a selfie of him and many revelers, while Tems posted a video of her performance on Twitter. The two independent posts were met by backlash from Uganda performers and artists, which prompted the intervention of the security agencies that later arrested the Nigerian artists and their management teams.
Social media got wind of the news, and accusations started flying left, right and center, with Gagamel Boss, Bebe Cool, taking the biggest hits. There was widespread demand for their release, with global superstars Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, and P Square’s Rude boy demanding their comrades’ release.
After diplomatic haggling between the two nations, charges of neglect against the two were dropped. They were released to the Nigerian Mission in Uganda, who later organized their travel back home to Nigeria.
Statements from both camps state that they were assured the organizers had fulfilled all requirements regarding gatherings in the extended ban on concerts by the ministry of health and the government owing to the coronavirus.
Also, I wanna clarify that putting you in harm’s way was never my intention! Before we came out to Uganda, the show promoters confirmed and proved to us they’d secured all the clearances which of course included Covid 19 compliance.Omah Lay
“This promotion, alongside the safety terms outlined in the performance agreement, and the presence of authorities at the event assured us that necessary approvals had been met by the organizers to ensure a safe and compliant event in Kampala,” read a statement from Tems.
The two artists truly regret that they could have put the lives of their fans and their own in harm’s way, and thanked their fans for coming out but asked for forgiveness for the shortcomings at the concert.
The two artists have maintained their love for their fans in Uganda, and all signs point to them coming back to the country to perform again once invited and all protocol sternly adhered to.