Omah Lay Reveals How His Upbringing Shaped Him as a Person and Musician

Nigerian music sensation Stanley Omah Didia, popularly known as Omah Lay, has opened up about his childhood experiences that helped shape him into the person he is today. In a recent interview with H. Steph, the ‘DAMN’ singer revealed that he grew up in Marine Base, a notorious area in Port Harcourt known for criminal activities.

He said:

“I grew up among criminals. It’s crazy. I grew up in Marine Base. And if you know that place very much you will know that it’s like one place in Port Harcourt where people didn’t used to go at the time I was growing up. “I grew up around criminals, thugs and stuff like that. I grew up around pipeline [vandals], illegal business and stuff like that. So, there were a lot of troubles for me but what I said is part of the things that made me what I’m today.”, he recalls.

Omah Lay hails from Egbeda in Emohua, Rivers Local Government Area in Nigeria’s Rivers State. He gained fame after his self-produced track “Bad Influence” went viral on social media in early 2020. Initially known as Lil King, Omah Lay began his music career as a rapper but eventually switched to songwriting and music production, with little recognition.

In April 2019, he released “Do Not Disturb,” followed by “Hello Brother” a month later. In June 2019, Omah Lay signed with the KeyQaad record label and took a seven-month hiatus to focus on his debut EP, “Get Layd.” He went on to release “What Have We Done” and his first album, “Boy Alone,” in July 2022.

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Watch the full interview below:

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