Sensational Nigerian singer, Stanley Omah Didia, aka Omah Lay disclosed that he has contemplated suicide a couple of times.
In an interview with H Steph, the Port-Harcourt-born artist opened up on his battle with depression and how he channeled his experience into music.
Omah Lay said it was divine for him to go through depression to be able to help those who are currently depressed.
He said, “I was at the verge of…I was suicidal, mahn. Trust me, I was really f*cked up.
“But I think I have to be there to actually help the people who are there right now to get out of that place. I mean it will take a real person like me to go there and then make music out of it and talk about it so openly how I’m a mess, how I think and how I’m f*cked up and everything.
“I’m not sure you will find afrobeats artists who do that right now. Everybody is out there saying afrobeats are not so deep, ‘afrobeats are just vibes and sh*t’. Nah. That’s why everybody is just doing hype. The real music is dying.”
Omah Lay recently released a lead single, ‘Soso’ off his ‘Boy Alone’ debut album. The single captures the many struggles that come with fame as Omah Lay poured out his heart with a captivating melody that resonated with listeners.
Omah Lay further revealed that he was in a state of pain when he made ‘Soso’ and he had to turn to smoking as a way to cope. Omah Lay emphasised that it was almost impossible for him to explain why he was going through the things he was going through because of the burden of pain.
“I was in pain, so much pain, when I was writing this song. I was just in a place where I was losing my mind.
“I was smoking a lot, way too much. I was down. You know when they say, when you exhaust… there was really nothing in life that was nice at the time”, he said.