Rising Afrobeat sensation, Stanley Omah Didia, known by his stage name Omah Lay, has candidly shared the challenges he faced and the impact on his mental health during the whirlwind of sudden fame that engulfed him.
In an exclusive interview with media personality Adesope Olajide on the Afrobeats Podcast, Omah Lay delved into his journey from relative obscurity to becoming a household name.
The 26-year-old artist revealed that his rapid rise to stardom initially took a toll on his mental well-being as he grappled with the overwhelming changes in his life. “At first, I struggled, and it put me in a bad mental state because I was still trying to learn my ways,” Omah Lay confessed.
Navigating the unforgiving spotlight of the music industry, he disclosed that finding his footing amidst the newfound fame was a challenging experience. However, with time, he discovered the importance of setting his own pace and taking control of his narrative. “As soon as I realized that, I became much stronger and began to enjoy my life more,” he explained.
Omah Lay, whose music often draws from his personal experiences, expressed that this evolution in his mental state influenced his art. “If I can put my vulnerabilities in my song, then I can talk about them. My music is all about my real-life experiences, and I know the world is listening to it,” he asserted.
The young artist’s openness about his mental health struggles serves as a reminder of the demanding nature of fame and the importance of self-care, even in the midst of the spotlight. Omah Lay’s journey continues to inspire fans and fellow artists alike as he rises to the top of the Nigerian music scene.
As he embarks on this ongoing journey, Omah Lay’s resilience in the face of fame’s challenges reminds us all that self-discovery and mental well-being are paramount, even in the world of entertainment.