KanyiDaily recalls that Omah Lay and Tems were arrested by the Ugandan police, shortly after their performance on Saturday night at The Big Brunch, a concert that held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala.
On Monday, the singers were dragged to court for flouting COVID-19 guidelines in Uganda. The singers were subsequently remanded to prison until Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
However, due to public outcry, Omah Lay and Tems were released on Tuesday by the Ugandan authorities and subsequently handed over the Nigerian embassy in the country.
On Wednesday, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, announced on her Twitter page that both singers have arrived in Nigeria.
Taking on their respective Twitter page on Thurday, Omah Lay and Tems confirmed that they are safe at home and narrated their ordeals in Uganda, while thanking everyone who supported them during their trying times.
Omah Lay said that the past few days have been the toughest of his life.
“The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief, on the other hand, I can’t thank you enough, I damned near lost my mind but your prayers and messages kept me going! Thank you so much!”
Evidently excited to be home, he thanked his colleagues, the Nigerian and Ugandan government for his release and safe return home.
“Big shout out to the musicians, the celebrities, fans (again and again), my family, my friends, my Label, The Nigerian Mission in Uganda, The Presidency, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Abike. Thank you all so much!,” he wrote.
“Finally, big THANK YOU to everyone for your efforts, prayers, messages, tweets. I have put this behind me and back to what I know how to do best. One Africa. Omah is home! Love, Omah”
Also, in a press statement released on her Twitter page, Tems thanked Nigerians, especially her fans for being supportive during her plight.
She stated that she believed “all the necessary approvals had been fully met by the organizers to ensure a safe and compliant event in Kampala.”
“On Saturday, 12 December 202, I was scheduled to perform with Omah Lay at the Big Brunch: Afrobeats Edition organised by Kasana Events in Kampala, Uganda. When we arrived, we were met with such a warm reception, including press events promoting the event.
“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 fully met by the organizers to ensure a safe and compliant event in Kampala. I’m truly saddened that attendees could have possibly been exposed to COVID-19.
“I would have never participated had I even the slightest knowledge that the event would not meet standard operating procedures and put Uganda’s citizens at risk. The seriousness of COVID-19 requires responsibility from everyone as a world citizen, a responsibility I take very seriously.
“I am thankful to the Nigerian and Ugandan government and everyone behind the scenes who played a part in resolving this matter. I want to especially appreciate my Rebel Gang, honestly, you all keep surprising me with the consistent love you show me. The number of supportive tweets, posts, and messages are overwhelming. Thank you all for having my back and YES, I HAVE EATEN.
“To my amazing fans in Uganda, I absolutely love you! Thank you so much for all your love and support, it has really touched my heart. I hope we can meet again in the future.”
Tems noted that the experience has been an eye-opener for her and it has made her more compassionate towards people suffering.
“This past week has been difficult but extremely eye-opening for me. I know some may have been worried, but despite everything, this experience has helped me see things for myself. While I was being detained, I met some amazing women and children, and my eyes were opened to the strife and hurt a lot of women are going through. I am so blessed to have experienced the strength and bravery that these women possess to keep them going. I have newfound compassion and desire to be more involved in making life easier for people such as these, no matter the circumstance. Overall, I am extremely grateful for all the love, the enormous efforts, and full-blown support. Honestly, words truly cannot describe how it feels to be back home,” she wrote.
KanyiDaily recalls that Omah Lay and Tems were nominated as “Breakthrough Act” in the coming 2021 MTV MAMA Awards which will be held in Uganda.