The Concert That Brought Unforgettable Nightmares To Young Nigerian Artistes Tems And Omah Lay

  • The Good, The Bad and The Pretty Ugly That Nigerian Singers Omah Lay And Tems Faced On Ugandan Trip after events turned ugly.

Thank God that on Tuesday, the two Nigerian artistes Omah Lay and Tems were released from jail where they spent the entire Monday night.

The two young singers after being charged with “Negligently doing acts likely to spread  infectious diseases” which is contrary to section 171 of Penal Code Act at Makindye Court, were on Monday the 14th of December remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons respectively.

This was a day after their performance at the sold out ‘Big Brunch Afrobeats Edition’ show organised by Kasana Events, that took place at Dungu Resort, located in Munyonyo, Kampala on Saturday night the 12th of December.

The event pulled a huge number of party-hungry revellers, ‘exposing them to Covid19 risk’ which was the reason why police arrested the artistes together with Prim Kasana the concert organiser and the manager of the resort.

Leaving all this aside, this show set a lot of tongues wagging even before it happened. Right from the time it was announced, critics began questioning its possibility to take place, basing on the fact that all social gatherings are still on suspension due to obvious reasons, the Covid19.

The fans of the two artistes were ready to risk it all and go party despite the Covid19 risk it could have come with but some of the local artistes weren’t amused mainly because since 18th March, they haven’t been allowed to hold any concerts or perform in bars since they are closed, yet this was a big concert, moreover one featuring foreign artistes that was allowed to happen.

One of these artistes is veteran singer Bebe Cool who in a deleted Facebook post had threatened to fail this concert although we never saw him do.

All seemed like a joke until the artistes were ‘secretly’ flown in the country and the next thing we heard is the venue was already set and boom, last Saturday night it went down ‘successfully’ with Tems and Omah thrilling the revelers.

Hours after the concert was done, it was war. Some local artistes, joined by some influential stakeholders in the entertainment fraternity like Djs, Radio and TV presenters were so bitter. They were expressing their dissatisfaction on why Police would let the show happen yet others have not been allowed to for months now

Veteran songstress Cindy was among the most outraged local artistes as she in a rant referred to Omah Lay as an ‘idiot’ because of the selfie photo with the crowd in the background that he shared on Instagram. Rapper Gravity Omutujju threatened to sue Uganda’s president, Kaguta Museveni over the same matter.

Feffe Bussi, Mun G, Geosteady, Crysto Panda are among other artistes who were ranting about this event and we assume ‘it is the reason’ Police had to come in and that is when we saw the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson Luke Oyoyesigire tweet that they had arrested singers Omah and Tems among others.

Their arrest rubbed many Ugandans and Nigerians the wrong way as they took to their Twitter accounts to advocate for the release of the artistes and instead deal with the organisers. Their advocacy yielded big as they were released, charges on them dropped and handed over to the Nigerian embassy.

However, going by the adverts, this was supposed to be a brunch (breakfast-lunch outing) but how it later turned into a night concert is something we are yet to find out.

Omah Lay during the Makindye court session

Prim Kasana the Events Promoter who brought Tems and Omah Lay (Left) and singer Tems in Makindye Court

Singer Tems at Makindye Court

Omah Lay and his manager after leaving the courtroom

Omah Lay and Tems at Nigerian High Commision in Uganda after being released

How Ugandan artistes and stakeholders in the music industry complained about this show 

Bebe Cool (in a deleted Facebook post) had threatened to fail this concert


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